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You are excited about this awesome screen print design idea you came up with, but the size of the design is so large that you’re having trouble finding a place to print it. Many print shops are unable to fulfill or order or trying to talk you down to something smaller because your design is too large. The solution is O’Fallon, MO large format printing, which is a service only select O’Fallon, MO print shops are equipped to provide. Large format printing is a print solution that can catch people’s attention, convey messages that can be understood from a distance, and present information with ease.

Put your O’Fallon, 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, O’Fallon, 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 O’Fallon, MO large format printing.

O’Fallon, MO Large Format Print Shop

Large format printing describes the specialty printing service 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). To offer large format printing options to their customers, a shop must 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 O’Fallon, MO area.

Uses for Large Format Printing

O’Fallon, 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 whole slue 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, 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 captivates viewers, fosters 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 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 extra 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 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. For runs, festivals, fundraising events, competitions, and more, you want to celebrate the occurance and thank those who made the event possible. Do both well with O’Fallon, 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. In order to provide true O’Fallon, 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

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? First, the original design is printed on a sheet of film, and the screen is coated with a photosensitive chemical called emulsion. 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 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.

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

After the film, 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 the screen as well as the film. Large film sheets do no good 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 particular mesh that creates 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 O’Fallon, MO large format printing, as with all other types of screen printing, requires skill and craftsmanship. When you need O’Fallon, MO large format printing, all print shops are not created equal. 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. To produce good large format printing work, we also invest in 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.

O’Fallon, MO Large Format Printing | STL Shirt. Co

Don’t let other screen print shops fool you or try to get you thinking small. You can count on STL Shirt Co. for all your O’Fallon, MO large format printing needs. Whether you need 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 O’Fallon, MO large format printing now, and discover what can happen when there are truly no limits! To learn more about STL Shirt Co.’s O’Fallon, 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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