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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 Wentzville, MO large format printing, something few Wentzville, MO print shops can provide. Large format printing is a print solution that can catch the eyes of viewers, express messages from a distance, and easily provide information.

For your Wentzville, 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. For more than 40 years, Wentzville, 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 Wentzville, MO large format printing needs.

Wentzville, 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 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 Wentzville, MO area.

Uses for Large Format Printing

Wentzville, 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 number 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

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 print that covers one side of a garment, such as a logo or other interesting artwork, instantly captivates viewers, boosts brand recognition, and sends 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 works perfectly to visually express the message a band or DJ wants to send. Your t-shirts can become an extention of your art, and these same shirts can help you generate 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. There are always so many individuals and organizations that contribute to making any event happen. For runs, festivals, fundraising events, competitions, and more, you want to celebrate the occurance and honor everyone who made the event possible. Accomplish both with Wentzville, 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.

Did you know we do a lot more than just large format printing? Check out some of our other services:

How Large Format Printing is Possible

Large format printing calls for special care and craftsmanship. To be a true, quality provder of Wentzville, MO large format printing, a screen printing shop must have 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 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. How does one get that image or pattern stenciled onto the screen, you ask? First, the original design is printed on 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 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?! Don’t worry if you didn’t quite catch all that (your shirts will still come out looking just as great)! Because 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 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 producing your design. Without a screen, screen printing would just result in a messy, undefined blob. This could be wonderful if you’re an abstract artist, but usually it’s not what you want.

The size of your stencil (which determines the size of your print) is limited by how large the screen is as well as the film. Large film sheets do no good if they don’t fit withn the screen’s frame. 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 different type of mesh that allows for clean lines and detail that looks great specifically in prints of a large size.

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 Wentzville, MO large format printing, as with any type of screen printing, requires skill and craftsmanship. When you need Wentzville, 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 they may not necessarily have experience specifically in large format printing. To produce good large format printing work, we also invest in 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.

Wentzville, MO Large Format Printing | STL Shirt. Co

Don’t let other screen print shops fool you or try to get you thinking small. Trust STL Shirt Co. for all your Wentzville, 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 Wentzville, MO large format printing now, and see what can happen when there are truly no limits! To learn more about STL Shirt Co.’s Wentzville, 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.

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