T-Shirt Printing Oakland, CA
T-Shirt Printing Oakland, CA. Are you preparing for a special event? Well, getting custom printed t-shirts is a great idea either way! Oakland, CA t-shirt printing is 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 Oakland, CA 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 top t-shirt printing companies serving individuals, groups, and organizations in the Oakland, CA area. For almost 50 years, members of the Oakland, CA community and beyond have counted on us for all of their screen printing and embroidery needs. We stand out as the t-shirt printing company of choice in the Oakland, CA area due to our commitment to quality and service to our customers. We are sure you be wondering about what we can do for you, how we do it, or how to place your order. Ask us questions or start your order by calling us at 636-926-2777 or sending us a message at 636-299-0162 today.
How it Works
Placing a custom t-shirt printing order can seem a bit mysterous. You put in your t-shirt printing order to your favorite printing shop and receive a package filled with custom-designed, nicely folded t-shirts a few days later. 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 – Make your order.
You know you need some t-shirt printing done for your upcoming occassion, work group, sports team, or something else. You contact your shop to place the order and that is where the Oakland, CA t-shirt printing journey begins. When you place your shirt order, you will have to choose and specify the:
- What color, brand, style, and material the shirts will be
- Ink type and color(s)
- What design will be printed
Don’t sweat it if you are intimidated by the thought of creating a design and making all these choices! STL Shirt Co. will offer guidance and assurance during every step of the t-shirt printing process. Our expert screen printing artists and designers are at your disposal. For assistance in creating the perfect logo or design rely on our professional design team. Our experienced staff can advise you on the best shirt or combination of colors to use for your order.
STEP TWO – We create the screen
Once you determine your design, we get to work on making the screen that will be used to print the design on your shirts. First, we print the design on a transparent sheet of film. Based on your desired end results, our t-shirt printing staff will select the best mesh screen for your order. The screen is coated with a photo-sensitive substance called emulsion. We place the film with your design on it on the screen and we expose the screen to light. Light is blocked from reaching the screen wherever the design is on the film but the rest of the emulsion hardens in the light. This is how we create the stencil.
If you want a design using multiple colors, we go through the same process for for each color in the design.
STEP THREE – We print.
Then, it is time to add the ink. T-shirt printing and other screen printing typically uses a special ink called plastisol. You might have noticed that the prints on shirts are slightly textured, a little rubbery, but still smooth 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, and each shirt is placed on a plate below. We work deliberately to make sure everything is registered and lined up exactly so to make sure the design is printed in the right position on your t-shirt. We apply ink on top of the screen and pass 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. For designs with multiple colors, we repeat it for each color on every shirt. There is an art to applying the ink precisely to where it looks bright and keeps the sharp lines from your original design. Lucky for you, our t-shirt printing team has mad skills.
STEP FOUR – The ink cures.
Now your awesome design is on your shirts! But they aren’t ready to go yet. Once the ink is applied as a viscous liquid, it must be cured. This means we have to turn the liquid ink into a solid so it becomes permanent on your t-shirts. In order to make this happen we have to apply heat to the ink. Ink curing is a science, and it’s easy to damage the shirt or the print when you don’t use the correct temperature or amount of time. We know what we’re doing, though, so you know your prints will turn out great.
STEP FIVE – You get your shirts!
Once the ink is cured, your t-shirts are officially printed! Next, we fold them up neatly and pass them off to you. We can have your shirts or other items printed and packaged within just a handful of days. Ask us about having your order shipped to you. And if you are in a jam and need your t-shirts ready in a week or less, check out our rush printing services.
T-Shirt Printing Orders
If you ask us, Oakland, CA 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, we bet you can’t wait to place an order. If you like the idea of t-shirt printing but don’t have a specific need for it, think about some of the reasons and occasions for which t-shirt printing is perfect.
Try Oakland, CA t-shirt printing for…
- Athletic teams
- Team fans
- School groups and organizations
- Bachelor & bachelorette parties
- Corporate events
- Class reunions
- Family vacations
- Company picnics
- Non profit and small business merchandise
- Employee uniforms
- Union events and organizations
…And so much more! There are endless activities, groups, and events that t-shirt printing and other screen printing can make even better. You would be hard-pressed to come up with a reason that we haven’t printed shirts. No matter what t-shirt printing services you need, you can count on us.
STL Shirt Co.: Top T-Shirt Printing Company for Oakland, CA
Is there an occasion that can’t be improved with custom printed t-shirts? We don’t think so. Chances are, Oakland, CA t-shirt printing will be perfect for your needs, whatever they may be. You deserve and expect the best when it comes to Oakland, CA t-shirt printing process. With us, you can expect an easy and pleasant ordering process, access to the best materials and expert staff help, and an end product that looks great and lasts a long time. Be among the many others in the Oakland, CA area who have relied upon STL Shirt. Co. for all of their Oakland, CA 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 Oakland, CA area. With a staff of exceptionally skilled union screen printers, rapid turnaround times, and t-shirt design professionals, our Oakland, CA t-shirt printing services are the best around. Any time you need Oakland, CA t-shirt printing, STL Shirt Co. is ready for you. 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.