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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 turning you away or trying to talk you down to something smaller because your design is too large. The solution is Columbia, MO large format printing, something only select Columbia, MO print shops are equipped to provide. Large format printing is a print solution that can catch the eyes of viewers, convey messages that can be understood from afar, and present information with ease.

For your Columbia, MO 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. For more than 40 years, Columbia, MO families and businesses have counted on us to deliver on all screen printing and embroidery requests large and small.

We are ready to begin your large format printing order today. 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 Columbia, MO large format printing needs.

Columbia, MO Large Format Print Shop

Large format printing describes the 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 has to take certain measures and invest in special machinery and equipment, typically only available by custom order from manufacturers. STL Shirt. Co is proud to bring premium-level large format printing to the Columbia, MO area.

Uses for Large Format Printing

Columbia, MO large format printing is fitting for a variety of uses from a really big design printed on a t shirt, printing on large clothing items, and a number of promotional and industrial marterials. 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

When it comes to large format printing on t-shirts and other garments, there are lots of cool things we can do. We see a lot of excellent large format printing jobs for t-shirts and other clothing items for uses like:

  • 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 message. Large prints can be artfully used 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 additional 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 always an excellent opportunity for the use of 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. Shirts for events like races, festivals, competitions, fundraisers celebrate the occurance and honor everyone who made the event possible. Accomplish both with Columbia, MO large format printing for your event t-shirts. 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 is a beast all its own. To be a true, quality provder of Columbia, MO large format printing, a screen printing shop must have the right equipment. The major three things a screen printer needs to produce large format printing work are:

1. The Press

Screen printing wouldn’t be possible without the printing press. For both manual and automatic presses, the print area is limited by the length of the squeegee, and the machine needs to be built to accommodate for that a larger squeegee. The consistent, even colors on a screen printed item are the work of the machine, and large format printing means – you guessed it – a machine with larger-than-average parts to allow for a larger print area.

2. The Film

If you’re not familiar with how screen printing works, here’s a micro-lesson of the set-up process; your design is “stenciled” onto a fine mesh screen that is in a framethat holds the mesh taut. But how does the image, pattern, or design get stenciled on the screen? 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 are where the ink will not pass through. The positive space where the mesh is still exposed shows your image 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 can only be as large as the size of the film sheet. The film in generally available in standard sizes, but for larger designs, we have film with a larger surface area.

3. The Screens

The screen is the next 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 the screen as well as the film. Large film sheets do no good if they don’t fit withn the screen’s frame. 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. When printing in larger sizes than usual, we often use a different type of 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. This also translates to large format printing; the right tools won’t produce good screen printing work without the right operator. Quality Columbia, MO large format printing, as with any type of screen printing, requires skill and craftsmanship. Don’t turn to just any print shop when you need Columbia, MO large format printing. Some print shops carry the film, screens, and presses capable of large format printing, but they may not necessarily have experience specifically in 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.

Columbia, MO Large Format Printing | STL Shirt. Co

Don’t let other screen print shops fool you or try to get you thinking small. Trust STL Shirt Co. for all your Columbia, MO large format printing needs. Whether you’re looking for a large printed sign for an event or love the look of a big, full print on a shirt, STL Shirt Co. brings you the best 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 Columbia, MO large format printing now, and see what can happen when there are truly no limits! To learn more about STL Shirt Co.’s Columbia, MO large format printing 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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