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 unable to fulfill or order or trying to convince you to shrink it down to something more reasonable. What you need is Springfield, MO large format printing, something few Springfield, MO print shops can provide. Large format printing is meant to catch people’s attention, convey messages that can be understood from afar, and present information with ease.
For your Springfield, 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 Springfield, MO area and have been trusted by countless famlies and businesses 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 Springfield, MO large format printing needs.
Springfield, 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 standard screen printing is capable of printing (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, typically only available by custom order from manufacturers. STL Shirt. Co is proud to bring premium-level large format printing to the Springfield, MO area.
Uses for Large Format Printing
Springfield, MO large format printing can be used for anything from a really big design printed on a t 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
- Trade show displays
- Indoor/outdoor signage for business promotion
- Vehicle wraps
- Signs and calendars
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 print that covers one side of a garment, such as a logo or other interesting artwork, instantly grabs attention, fosters brand recognition, and makes 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, 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 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 the perfect occasion for 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 celebrate the occurance and honor everyone who made the event possible. Do both well with Springfield, 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. To be a true, quality provder of Springfield, 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. 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. 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 frame, holding the mesh taut. How does one get that image or pattern stenciled onto the screen, you ask? First, the original design is printed on a sheet of film, and a photosensitive chemical called emulsion is applied to the screen. 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 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 where the ink will pass through the screen and then adhere to the shirt or other printing surface.
Make sense?! Don’t worry if you didn’t quite catch all that (your shirts will still come out looking just as great)! Since we need film to put your design on the screen, your design 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
The screen is the next piece to producing 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 in most cases, this is not what you want.
The size of your stencil and, in turn, your design, 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, 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 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 Springfield, MO large format printing, as with any type of screen printing, requires skill and craftsmanship. When you need Springfield, MO large format printing, all print shops are not created equal. 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. 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.
Springfield, 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 Springfield, MO large format printing needs. Whether you’re looking for a big banner for an event or love 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.
Get in touch with us to begin your Springfield, MO large format printing now, and see what can happen when there are truly no limits! To learn more about STL Shirt Co.’s Springfield, 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.