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Large Format Printing Edwardsville, IL

You have a great idea for a printed t-shirt design or sign for a business or event. The problem, though, is size. Many print shops are unable to fulfill or order or trying to convince you to shrink it down to something more reasonable. What you need is large format printing serving the Edwardsville, IL area, which is a service few Edwardsville, IL print shops can provide. Large format printing is meant to catch people’s attention, convey messages from a distance, and easily provide information.

For your Edwardsville, IL large format printing needs, you need a your favorite shop screen print shop that applies craftsman, care, and attention to detail to every job: STL Shirt Co. We have established ourselves as one of the top screen printing shops in the Edwardsville, IL area and have been trusted by countless famlies and businesses to deliver on all screen printing and embroidery requests large and small.

Begin your large format printing order and leave the rest up to us. Contact us online, call us at (636) 926-2777, or send us a text at (636) 299-0162. STL Shirt Co. has your back when it comes to Edwardsville, IL large format printing.

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Large Format Print Shop Edwardsville, IL

Large format printing is a specialty printing service that involves printing designs and printing on surfaces that are larger than standard screen printing is capable of printing (which is typically capped at around 14 inches). In order for a shop to bring large format printing options to their customers, they has to comply with certain space requirements and make an investment in special machinery and equipment, which must be custom ordered from manufacturers. STL Shirt. Co is proud to bring premium-level large format printing to the Edwardsville, IL area.

Uses for Large Format Printing

Edwardsville, IL large format printing can be used for anything, such as a t-shirt print that covers most of the shirt, printing on large clothing items, and a whole slue of promotional and industrial materials. Some common uses of large format printing are:

  • Whole-shirt designs
  • Window and wall displays and posters
  • Store displays
  • Banners
  • Trade show displays
  • Indoor/outdoor signage for business promotion
  • Vehicle wraps
  • Backdrops
  • Signs and calendars
  • Murals

For large format printing specifically on t-shirts, possibilities are endless and amazing. Some types of jobs we think are perfect for large format printing use are:

  • Clothing Brands and Brand Merch: A print that covers one side of a garment, such as a logo or other interesting artwork, instantly captivates viewers, boosts brand recognition, and makes a bold statement. Large prints are a useful tool in branding and wearable marketing.
  • Music Industry: Enter the band tee. A large, bold, colorful print works perfectly to visually express the message a band or DJ wants to send. Extend your art to the t-shirts that help you generate extra revenue and allow your fans a way to support you by designing exciting, daring large format printed shirts and other merchandise.
  • Special Events: Special events are the perfect occasion for any kind of screen printed t-shirts. For any kind of event, large or small, there are many groups and individuals involved in the organization and participation. For runs, festivals, fundraising events, competitions, and more, you want to celebrate the occurance and thank those who made the event possible. Do both well with large format printing for your event t-shirts in Edwardsville, IL. Large format makes it possible for you to fit all sponsor logos without cramming them together in tiny columns.

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How Large Format Printing is Possible

Large format printing is a beast all its own. In order to provide true Edwardsville, IL large format printing options with quality results, a screen printing shop first and foremost, needs the right equipment. The major three things a screen printer needs to produce large format printing work are:

1. The Press

To screen print anything at all, you need a proper printing press. Regardless of whether a printer uses a manual or automatic press, the resulting print can only be as large as the squeegee is wide, and the machine needs to be built to accommodate for that a larger squeegee. The smooth, crisp designs on a screen printed item are the work of the machine. For large format printing, we need – you guessed it – a machine with larger-than-average parts to allow for a larger print area.

2. The Film

Here’s a speed lesson of the screen printing process for those of you who aren’t familiar with how it works; your design is “stenciled” onto a fine mesh screen within a framethat holds the mesh taut. How does one get that image or pattern stenciled onto the screen, you ask? The image is printed on film, and the screen is coated with a photosensitive chemical called emulsion. The image on the film blocks light in certain areas and allows light to shine through in others; this allows the emulsion to harden in the shape of the design. The hardened parts block the ink from moving through and attaching to the shirt. Where you can still see the mesh is where your image lives and is where the ink will pass through the screen and then adhere to the shirt or other printing surface.

Make sense?! Don’t worry if you didn’t quite catch all that (your shirts will still come out looking just as great)! Because film is required to make the stencil for your design, your design is limited by the size of the film. The film comes in standard sheet sizes, but for larger designs, we have film with a larger surface area.

3. The Screens

The screen is the next ingredient to printing your design. If there was no screen, screen printing would just result in a messy, undefined blob. This could be wonderful if you’re an abstract artist, but in most cases, this is not what you want.

The size of your stencil and, in turn, your design, is limited by how large the screen is as well as the film. Large film sheets do no good if the frames being used are too small to fit the entire image. Likewise, your frame could be big enough to cover a huge area, but without film in the correct size, the image would end or would simply print smaller than you would liked. We also have to consider the type of mesh we use. For larger print sizes, we opt for a particular mesh that allows for clean lines and detail that looks great specifically in prints of a large size.

The paintbrush in the hands of a novice, though, does not produce the same results as it does in Van Gough’s hand. What we mean by that is that these large format printing tools and equipment won’t do any good on their own. Quality Edwardsville, IL large format printing, along with all other types of screen printing, requires skill and craftsmanship. Don’t turn to just any print shop when you need large format printing for your Edwardsville, IL needs. Some print shops carry the film, screens, and presses capable of large format printing, but don’t have the personnel with the skill and experience to for quality large format printing. At STL Shirt Co., we make sure we have an exact, tested combination of materials and modify our technique to make sure that what we print looks good, lasts, and isn’t too heavy or thick.

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Don’t let other screen print shops fool you or try to get you thinking small. Trust STL Shirt Co. for all your Edwardsville, IL large format printing needs. Whether you’re looking for a big banner for an event or just like the look of a big, full print on a shirt, STL Shirt Co. can walk you through every step of the process, from the initial design to the final product. We guarantee quality, long-lasting results from all our work.

Reach out to us to begin your Edwardsville, IL large format printing now, and see what can happen when there are truly no limits! To learn more about STL Shirt Co.’s large format printing serving the Edwardsville, IL area or any of our other services, get in touch with us today. Call us at (636) 926-2777, text us at (636) 299-0162, or jump right in by requesting a quote.

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