T-Shirt Printing Charleston, SC
T-Shirt Printing Charleston, SC. Do you have a special event coming up? Regardless, you should order some custom t-shirts! Charleston, SC t-shirt printing can be a powerful and versatile tool. Are you tasked with bringing a work or sports team together? Are you hoping to mark a special life event with a lasting memento? Do you want to raise money or awareness for a cause or market a business? ALl these very different goals can be accomplished with the right t-shirt printing services. When you do need Charleston, SC t-shirt printing services, it’s important to find a screen printing company that is skilled at printing, can help you with your design, and can have your order ready when you need it. When you order shirts from STL Shirt. Co, you get all those things and more.
STL Shirt Co. is one of the best t-shirt printing companies used by individuals, families, and organizations in the Charleston, SC area. For almost 50 years, members of the Charleston, SC community and beyond have counted on us for all of their screen printing and embroidery needs. Our Charleston, SC t-shirt printing abilities and excellent customer service set us apart. We are sure you have more questions about what we can do for you, how we do it, or how to place your order. Ask us questions or place your order by giving us a call at 636-926-2777 or sending us a message at 636-299-0162 today.
How it Works
Custom t-shirt printing orders can seem a bit mysterous. You put in your t-shirt printing order to your favorite screen printer and, a few days later, you have fresh-pressed, neatly boxed t-shirts on your doorstep or waiting for you at the shop. One might go so far as to call it magic, but we aren’t one to toot our own horn. For those who have never experienced the process, t-shirt printing is a mysterious endeavor. Many of our t-shirt printing customers come to us for special occasions and events, so we understand the excitement that surrounds these shirts. Have you ever wondered about the journey that plain cotton tee has gone through to become the beauty you see hanging in your closet or reflected in the mirror today?
The T-Shirt Printing Process
STEP ONE – Place your order.
You’ve decided you want some t-shirt printing done for your upcoming event, work group, athletic team, or something else. You place the order and the Charleston, SC t-shirt printing process is set into motion. When you order your shirts, you will have to determine the:
- Brand, cut, style, material, and color of the shirts
- Ink type and color(s)
- Design to be printed
“But I’m not a graphic designer,” you exclaim. Not to worry! STL Shirt Co. will offer counsel and support during every step of the t-shirt printing process. Our professional screen printers and designers are available to help you. Need help designing a logo that perfectly captures your vision? You can work with our professional design team. If you want to know which shirt or colors will work best for your needs, we can help with that too.
STEP TWO – We prepare the screen
Once you determine your design, we get to work on making the screen that allows us to get your design printed on your shirts. First, we print the design on a transparent sheet of film. Depending on the specifics of your order, our t-shirt printing experts will select the best mesh screen for your order. The screen is coated with a photo-sensitive substance called emulsion. That film we printed your design on is placed on the screen and we expose the screen to light. Light is blocked from reaching the screen wherever the design is on the film and the rest of the emulsion hardens in the light. This produces the stencil.
If your design involves multiple ink colors, we repeat the process above, making a screen for each color in the design.
STEP THREE – We print.
This is where the ink comes in. T-shirt printing and other screen printing typically uses a special ink called plastisol. Have you ever noticed how, on a printed shirt, you can feel the texture of the design, but it is still soft and flexible? What you are feeling is the plastisol ink. It is great because it withstands washes, moves with the fabric material of your shirt, and shows up vibrantly on any color t-shirt.
We then secure the screens to a printing press, stretching each shirt on a plate below. Our t-shirt printing artists take great care to line everything up exactly so that your design is oriented correctly on your t-shirt. We add ink on top of the screen and use a squeegee across the entire screen to apply and press the ink onto the shirt. This process is repeated for every single t-shirt in your order, and if your design has multiple colors, we repeat it for each color on every shirt. It takes skill to get the ink precisely so it shows up nicely and retains the sharp lines in the original design. Lucky for you, our t-shirt printing team has mad skills.
STEP FOUR – The ink cures.
You can now see the design on your shirts! We aren’t quite done, though. After the ink is applied, the ink has to cure. In other words, we have to turn the liquid ink into a solid that will stay in place on your t-shirts. In order to do this we have to apply heat to the ink. It takes research and trial and error to perfect the curing process. It is possible to damage the shirt or the print with temperatures that are too high. You can rest assured that we have the curing process figured out, so you know your prints will turn out great.
STEP FIVE – You get your shirts!
After the ink is cured, it means that your t-shirts are officially printed! Next, we fold the shirts up nicely and hand them off to you. We will package them up and have your shirts or other printed items ready in only a few days. If you need it, ask us about shipping your order to you. For those last-minute situations when you need your t-shirts printed even faster, use our rush printing services.
T-Shirt Printing Orders
In our humble opinion, Charleston, SC t-shirt printing is a magical force limited only by your own imagination. What can we say — we’re passionate about what we do. Now that you know all about the t-shirt printing process and what we can do, you are likely ready to place an order. If you like the idea of t-shirt printing but don’t have a specific need for it, keep in mind the following reasons and occasions for which t-shirt printing is ideal.
Try Charleston, SC t-shirt printing for…
- Athletic teams
- Sports fans
- School groups and organizations
- Bachelor & bachelorette parties
- Corporate events
- Class reunions
- Family vacations
- Company picnics
- Swag for businesses and organizations
- Work shirts
- Union events and organizations
The list goes on! There are a million different occasions that are perfect for t-shirt printing and other garment screen printing. You name it, we have probably printed for it. Whatever the reason you need t-shirt printing services, you can trust STL Shirt Co..
STL Shirt Co.: Top T-Shirt Printing Company for Charleston, SC
Custom t-shirts are great for pretty much any occasion or any purpose. Use our Charleston, SC t-shirt printing any time. You deserve and expect the best when it comes to Charleston, SC t-shirt printing process. From placing the order, choosing the design and materials, and making sure the print lasts even after many wears and washes, we have your back. Join the many others in the Charleston, SC area who trust STL Shirt. Co. for all of their Charleston, SC t-shirt printing needs.
For over 45 years, STL Shirt Co. has been bringing top t-shirt printing and other screen printing services to the people of the Charleston, SC area. With a staff of exceptionally skilled union screen printers, rapid turnaround times, and t-shirt design professionals, our Charleston, SC t-shirt printing services are the best around. The next time you are looking for Charleston, SC t-shirt printing, know that STL Shirt Co. has your back. Call us today at 636-926-2777, text us at 636-299-0162, or request a quote online to begin your t-shirt printing order today.