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 turning you away or trying to talk you down to something smaller because your design is too large. The solution is Washington, MO large format printing, which is a service only select Washington, MO print shops are equipped to provide. Large format printing is a print solution that can catch the eyes of viewers, express messages from afar, and present information with ease.
Put your Washington, MO large format printing needs only in the hands of the your favorite shop screen print shop that applies craftsman, care, and attention to detail to every job: STL Shirt Co. For more than 40 years, Washington, MO families and businesses have counted on us 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 when it comes to Washington, MO large format printing.
Washington, MO Large Format Print Shop
Large format printing is a special type of screen printing that involves printing designs and printing on surfaces that are larger than a typically screen printing press 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 invest 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 Washington, MO area.
Uses for Large Format Printing
Washington, 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. Large format printing is commonly used in printing:
- 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 awareness, 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, 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 additional 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 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. Shirts for events like races, festivals, competitions, fundraisers commemorate the date and honor everyone who made the event possible. Accomplish both with Washington, 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.
Did you know we do a lot more than just large format printing? Check out some of our other services:
- Wide Format Printing
- Custom T Shirts
- Union Printing
- Rush T-Shirt Printing
- Another Expansion
How Large Format Printing is Possible
Large format printing is a beast all its own. In order to provide true Washington, 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. 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 designs on a screen printed garment 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
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 within a frame, holding the mesh taut. But how does the image, pattern, or design get stenciled on the screen? First, the original design is printed on 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 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.
Simple, right?! Don’t worry if you didn’t quite catch all that (your shirts will still come out looking just as great)! Because film is required to make the stencil for your design, the print is limited by the size of the film. 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 printing your design. Without a 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 how large the screen is 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. We also have to consider the type of mesh we use. For larger print sizes, we opt for a particular mesh that creates 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. This also translates to large format printing; the right tools won’t produce good screen printing work without the right operator. Quality Washington, MO large format printing, as with all other types of screen printing, requires the touch of a skilled craftsman. When you need Washington, 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. 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.
Washington, 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 Washington, 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 Washington, MO large format printing now, and see what can happen when there are truly no limits! To learn more about STL Shirt Co.’s Washington, 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.