Large Format Printing Ellisville, MO
You have a great idea for a printed t-shirt design or sign for a business or event. The problem, though, is size. 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 Ellisville, MO area, which is a service only select Ellisville, MO print shops are equipped to provide. Large format printing is a print solution that can catch people’s attention, convey messages from afar, and present information with ease.
Put your Ellisville, MO large format printing needs only in the hands of the your favorite shop screen print shop that applies craftsman, care, and attention to detail to every job: STL Shirt Co. For more than 40 years, Ellisville, MO families and businesses have counted on us 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 for all your Ellisville, MO large format printing needs.
Large Format Print Shop Ellisville, MO
Large format printing is a special type of screen printing that involves printing designs and printing on surfaces that are larger than a typically screen printing press is meant to handle (which is typically capped at around 14 inches). In order for a shop to bring large format printing options to their customers, they must take certain measures and invest 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 Ellisville, MO area.
Uses for Large Format Printing
Ellisville, MO 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 number of promotional and industrial materials. Large format printing is commonly used in printing:
- Whole-shirt designs
- Window and wall displays and posters
- Store displays
- Trade show displays
- Indoor/outdoor signage for business promotion
- Vehicle wraps
- Signs and calendars
For large format printing specifically on t-shirts, there are lots of cool things we can do. Some types of jobs we think are perfect for large format printing use are:
- Clothing Brands and Brand Merch: A large logo or other artwork covering a wearer’s front side instantly grabs attention, fosters brand awareness, 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, high-contrast print is the perfect way to visually send the band or DJ’s message. Extend your art to the t-shirts that help you generate extra revenue and give 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 screen printed shirts of any kind. For any kind of event, large or small, there are many groups and individuals involved in the organization and participation. Shirts for events like races, festivals, competitions, fundraisers commemorate the date and thank those who made the event possible. Do both well with large format printing for your event t-shirts in Ellisville, MO. Large format allows 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 calls for special care and craftsmanship. In order to provide true Ellisville, MO 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. For both manual and automatic presses, the print area is limited by the length of the squeegee, and the squeegee size is limited by the build of the machine. The smooth, even colors 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? First, the original design is printed on a sheet of film, and a photosensitive chemical called emulsion is applied to the screen. The light hardens the emulsion to the screen in the areas of the image where the film is transparent and allows light through. 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 the part of the screen that allows the ink to pass through and come to rest on the shirt or other item.
Simple, right?! If you don’t quite get it still, no sweat (your shirts will still come out looking just as great)! Because we need film to put your design on the screen, the print 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
After the film, the screen is the second piece to printing your design. If there was no screen, screen printing would just result in a messy, undefined blob. Maybe you’re going for an abstract look, but usually it’s not what you want.
The size of your stencil (which determines the size of your print) is limited by how large the screen is as well as the film. Large film sheets do no good if they don’t fit withn the screen’s frame. Likewise, a huge frame can still only print your design as large as the print on the film. When printing in larger sizes than usual, we often use 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 Ellisville, MO large format printing, as with any type of screen printing, requires the touch of a skilled craftsman. Don’t turn to just any print shop when you need large format printing for your Ellisville, MO needs. Some print shops might have the right equipment for large format printing, but they may not necessarily have experience specifically in large format printing. To produce good large format printing work, we also invest in an exact, tested combination of materials and specialized training 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 limit you by trying to keep your ideas small. You can count on STL Shirt Co. for all your Ellisville, MO large format printing needs. Whether you’re looking for a large printed sign 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.
Get in touch with us to begin your Ellisville, MO 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 Ellisville, MO 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.