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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 turning you away or trying to convince you to shrink it down to something more reasonable. The solution is Lake St Louis, MO large format printing, which is a service only select Lake St Louis, MO print shops are equipped to provide. Large format printing is meant to catch people’s attention, express messages that can be understood from afar, and easily provide information.

For your Lake St Louis, MO large format printing needs, you need a your favorite shop screen print shop that you can trust to take the painstaking care and utter excellence they apply to every job: STL Shirt Co. We have established ourselves as one of the top screen printing shops in the Lake St Louis, MO 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 for all your Lake St Louis, MO large format printing needs.

Lake St Louis, 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 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 Lake St Louis, MO area.

Uses for Large Format Printing

Lake St Louis, 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, possibilities are endless and amazing. 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 large logo or other artwork covering a wearer’s front side instantly grabs attention, boosts brand awareness, and sends a bold message. Large prints are a useful tool in branding and wearable marketing.
  • Music Industry: Que drumroll. Presenting: the band tee. A large, bold, high-contrast print works perfectly to visually express the message a band or DJ wants to send. Your t-shirts can become an extention of your art, and these same shirts can help bring in 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 always an excellent opportunity for the use of any kind of screen printed t-shirts. There are always so many individuals and organizations that contribute to making any event happen. Shirts for events like races, festivals, competitions, fundraisers commemorate the date and thank those who made the event possible. Do both well with Lake St Louis, MO large format printing for your event t-shirts. Large format makes it possible for you to cleanly display 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 Lake St Louis, MO large format printing options with quality results, 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 can only be as large as the squeegee is wide, and the squeegee size is limited by the build of the machine. The smooth, crisp 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

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? The image is printed on a sheet of 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. 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.

Make sense?! If you don’t quite get it still, no sweat (your shirts will still come out looking just as great)! Since 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 second ingredient to producing 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 (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. We also have to consider the type of mesh we use. For larger print sizes, we opt for a different type of mesh that creates clean lines and detail that looks great specifically in prints of a large size.

However, the most beautifully crafted violin will not produce the most beautiful sound ever heard if it’s in the hands of a toddler. What we mean by that is that these large format printing tools and equipment won’t do any good on their own. Quality Lake St Louis, 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 Lake St Louis, MO large format printing. 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. To produce good large format printing work, we also invest in special inks and meshes and modify our technique to make sure that what we print looks good, lasts, and isn’t too heavy or thick.

Lake St Louis, MO Large Format Printing | STL Shirt. Co

Don’t let other screen print shops limit you by trying to keep your ideas small. Trust STL Shirt Co. for all your Lake St Louis, 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.

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

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