Vancouver, WA T-Shirt Printing
Vancouver, WA T-Shirt Printing. Do you have a special event coming up? Regardless, you should order some custom t-shirts! Vancouver, WA 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 Vancouver, WA 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 serving individuals, groups, and organizations in the Vancouver, WA area. For almost 50 years, members of the Vancouver, WA community and beyond have counted on us for all of their screen printing and embroidery needs. We have the Vancouver, WA t-shirt printing abilities and customer service that will make every screen printing order you place a wonderful experience. We are sure you be wondering about what we can do for you, our methods, or how to place your order. Have your questions answered or place your order by reaching 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 may come with an air of mystery. You give your order to your favorite printing shop and receive a package filled with custom-designed, nicely folded t-shirts a few days later. If you want to describe it as magic, we won’t object. To the unfamiliar, 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, club, athletic team, or some other use. You place the order and that is where the Vancouver, WA t-shirt printing journey begins. When you order your shirts, you will have to choose and specify the:
- Shirt brand, style, material, and color
- Ink type and color(s)
- What design will be printed
If this already feels overwhelming, don’t fret! STL Shirt Co. will offer advice and support through the entire t-shirt printing process. Our expert screen printing artists and designers are at your disposal. Need help designing a logo that perfectly captures your vision? You can 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 make the screen
Once you have created your design, we get to work on preparing the screen that allows us to print the design on your shirts. The design is first printed on a transparent sheet of film. Based on your desired end results, our t-shirt printing experts will select the best mesh screen to use in printing your shirts. We then coat that screen with a substance called emulsion, which is sensitive to light. That film we printed your design on is placed on the screen and we expose the screen to light. The design on the film blocks the light from reaching the coated screen in the shape of your design, but the rest of the emulsion hardens in the light. This creates 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.
Now we are ready for the ink. T-shirt printing and other screen printing usually 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. That’s plastisol for you. It is great due to its ability to withstand p washes, move with the flexibility of the fabric, and display vibrantly on a shirt of any color.
The screens we made are attached to a printing press, with each shirt pulled taut and placed on a plate below. We work deliberately to make sure everything is registered and lined up precisely so we know that your design will end up in the right place on your t-shirt. We apply ink onto 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 we print, and if your design has multiple colors, we repeat it for each color on every shirt. It takes skill to get the ink just right to where it stays vibrant and keeps the sharp lines in the 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 there is still one more step. 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. To do this we have to apply heat to the ink. Ink curing is a science, and it’s easy to damage the shirt or the print if you use the wrong temperature or cure it for the wrong length of time. We know what we’re doing, though, so you know your prints will come out great.
STEP FIVE – You get your shirts!
After the ink is cured, your t-shirts are officially printed! We fold the shirts up neatly and hand them off to you. We will package them up and have your shirts or other printed items ready in only 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, use our rush printing services.
T-Shirt Printing Orders
If you ask us, there is no debating the magic and possibility of the art of Vancouver, WA t-shirt printing promises. 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 don’t have an immediate need for t-shirt printing, think about the following opportunities and occasions for which t-shirt printing is ideal.
We do Vancouver, WA 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
- Employee uniforms
- Union events and organizations
That is just the beginning! There are a million different occasions that are perfect for t-shirt printing and other garment screen printing. 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, we are here for you.
STL Shirt Co. : Vancouver, WA’s Top T-Shirt Printing Company
Custom t-shirts are great for pretty much any occasion or any purpose. Whatever you are planning, we are confident that Vancouver, WA t-shirt printing will do the trick. Every occasion is special in some way, and you deserve the best possible Vancouver, WA 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 Vancouver, WA area who have relied upon STL Shirt. Co. for their complete Vancouver, WA t-shirt printing needs.
STL Shirt Co. has been performing quality t-shirt printing and other screen printing services for people in the Vancouver, WA area and beyond for more than 45 years. With a staff of exceptionally skilled union screen printers, a quick turnaround time, and professional design services, our Vancouver, WA t-shirt printing services are the best around. Any time you need Vancouver, WA 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.