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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. Many print shops are unable to fulfill or order or trying to talk you down to something smaller because your design is too large. What you need is Kirkwood, MO large format printing, something few Kirkwood, MO print shops can provide. Large format printing is a print solution that can catch the eyes of viewers, express messages that can be understood from a distance, and easily provide information.

For your Kirkwood, 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, Kirkwood, 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 when it comes to Kirkwood, MO large format printing.

Kirkwood, MO Large Format Print Shop

Large format printing is a special type of screen printing that involves printing designs and printing on surfaces that are larger than standard screen printing 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 comply with certain space requirements and make an investment 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 Kirkwood, MO area.

Uses for Large Format Printing

Kirkwood, 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 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

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 sends a bold statement. Large prints can be artfully used 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 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 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. For runs, festivals, fundraising events, competitions, and more, you want to celebrate the occurance and thank those who made the event possible. Accomplish both with Kirkwood, MO large format printing for your event t-shirts. 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 calls for special care and craftsmanship. To be a true, quality provder of Kirkwood, MO large format printing, a screen printing shop first and foremost, needs the right equipment. The first 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. Regardless of whether a printer uses a manual or automatic press, the resulting print is limited by the length of the squeegee, and the machine needs to be built to accommodate for that a larger squeegee. 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 that is in a frame, holding the mesh taut. But how does the image, pattern, or design get stenciled on the screen? First, the original design is printed on film, and a photosensitive chemical called emulsion is applied to the screen. 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. 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 film is required to make the stencil for your design, the print can only be as large as the size of the film sheet. 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 next piece to producing your design. Without a screen, screen printing would just result in a messy, undefined blob. This could be wonderful if you’re an abstract artist, 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. The biggest sheet of film in the world won’t matter if the frames being used are too small to fit the entire image. 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 different type of mesh that creates clean lines and detail that looks great for the particular size of the print.

However, the most beautifully crafted violin will not produce the most beautiful sound ever heard if it’s in the hands of a toddler. This also translates to large format printing; the right tools won’t produce good screen printing work without the right operator. Quality Kirkwood, MO large format printing, along with all other types of screen printing, requires the touch of a skilled craftsman. Don’t turn to just any print shop when you need Kirkwood, MO large format printing. Some print shops might have the right equipment for 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.

Kirkwood, MO Large Format Printing | STL Shirt. Co

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 Kirkwood, MO large format printing needs. Whether you need a big banner 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.

Get in touch with us to begin your Kirkwood, MO large format printing now, and discover what can happen when there are truly no limits! To learn more about STL Shirt Co.’s Kirkwood, 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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