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 talk you down to something smaller because your design is too large. What you need is St. Louis, MO large format printing, which is a service only select St. Louis, 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 St. Louis, 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. We have established ourselves as one of the top screen printing shops in the 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.
Are you ready to start your large format printing order? 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 St. Louis, MO large format printing.
St. Louis, MO Large Format Print Shop
Large format printing is a 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 has to 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 St. Louis, MO area.
Uses for Large Format Printing
St. Louis, MO large format printing is fitting for a variety of uses, 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
- 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, 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 print that covers one side of a garment, such as a logo or other interesting artwork, instantly grabs attention, boosts brand recognition, and makes a bold statement. Large prints can be artfully used 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 bring in 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 any kind of screen printed t-shirts. 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 honor everyone who made the event possible. Do both well with 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 calls for special care and craftsmanship. In order to provide true St. Louis, 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. Regardless of whether a printer uses a manual or automatic press, the resulting print is limited by the length of the squeegee, and the squeegee size is limited by the build of the machine. 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 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 where the ink will pass through the screen and then adhere to the shirt or other printing surface.
Simple, right?! If you don’t quite get it still, no sweat (your shirts will still come out looking just as great)! Since film is required to make the stencil for your design, your design is limited by the size of the film. 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 printing your design. Without a 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, 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 allows for clean lines and detail that looks great for the particular size of the print.
The paintbrush in the hands of a novice, though, does not produce the same results as it does in Van Gough’s hand. What we mean by that is that these large format printing tools and equipment won’t do any good on their own. Quality St. Louis, MO large format printing, as with all other types of screen printing, requires skill and craftsmanship. When you need St. Louis, MO large format printing, all print shops are not created equal. Some print shops might have the right equipment for large format printing, but they may not necessarily have experience specifically in large format printing. To produce good large format printing work, we also invest in an exact, tested combination of materials and specialized training to make sure that what we print looks good, lasts, and isn’t too heavy or thick.
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 St. Louis, MO large format printing needs. Whether you’re looking for a large printed sign 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 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 St. Louis, 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.