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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 convince you to shrink it down to something more reasonable. What you need is Maplewood, MO large format printing, which is a service few Maplewood, MO print shops can provide. Large format printing is a print solution that can catch people’s attention, express messages from a distance, and present information with ease.

Put your Maplewood, MO large format printing needs only in the hands of the 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. For more than 40 years, Maplewood, 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 Maplewood, MO large format printing needs.

Maplewood, 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 meant to handle (which is typically capped at around 14 inches). To offer large format printing options to their customers, a shop has to take certain measures 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 Maplewood, MO area.

Uses for Large Format Printing

Maplewood, 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 whole slue of promotional and industrial marterials. Large format printing is commonly used in printing:

  • 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. 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 captivates viewers, boosts brand recognition, and sends 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 is the perfect way to visually send the band or DJ’s message. Your t-shirts can become an extention of your art, and these same shirts can help you generate additional 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. There are always so many individuals and organizations that contribute to making any event happen. Shirts for events like races, festivals, competitions, fundraisers celebrate the occurance and thank those who made the event possible. Do both well with Maplewood, 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 calls for special care and craftsmanship. In order to provide true Maplewood, 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

Screen printing wouldn’t be possible without the printing press. For both manual and automatic presses, the print area can only be as large as the squeegee is wide, and the squeegee size is limited by the build of the machine. The consistent, even colors on a screen printed garment 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 within 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 block the ink from moving through and attaching to the shirt. 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.

Make sense?! 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 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 ingredient to printing your design. If there was no screen, screen printing would just produce 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 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, 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 particular 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. What we mean by that is that these large format printing tools and equipment won’t do any good on their own. Quality Maplewood, 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 Maplewood, MO large format printing. Some print shops might have the right equipment for large format printing, but they may not necessarily have experience specifically in large format printing. At STL Shirt Co., we make sure we have 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.

Maplewood, 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 Maplewood, 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.

Reach out to us to begin your Maplewood, MO large format printing now, and see what can happen when there are truly no limits! To learn more about STL Shirt Co.’s Maplewood, 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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