Screen printing is a technique that uses a mesh stencil (screen) for each color that needs to be printed. Screens are then registered on press to ensure all colors in the design line up properly. Once registered, ink is pushed thru the screen one color at a time. After all colors have been pressed the garment is ran through a large conveyor dyer to cure the ink.
There are many misconceptions on what set up fees are and why you have to pay for them every time you place an order. Set up fees are not just an artwork fee. However, artwork is the first part of the process in getting a job ready for print. Below is step by step instructions on how jobs are prepared for print and what the set up fees entail.
1.) Our Designer separates and isolates each color in the design
2.) Film positives are printed for each color in the design
3.) Each color in the design requires its own screen which is coated in a light sensitive emulsion
4.) Each film is aligned on a screen and 'burned' using our exposure unit.
5.) Each screen is then taken to our wash out booth to remove excess emulsion.
6.) Screens are then taken to our press and 'registered' to ensure all the colors in the design line up
7.) Once the job is complete, all ink is removed and the screen is 'reclaimed'
As you can see there are a lot of steps and time that is involved to set up a job to be screen printed and why we have to charge set up fees every time you place an order, even if it is a reprint.
There are many factors that determine pricing. If you are looking for an estimate send us an email with the answer the questions below.
1.) How many garments are you looking to order?
2.) What are the print details: front print only, front and back, back only, sleeve print, etc.
3.) How many colors are involved per location? If you have the vector file email it us at JL@LimitlessGraphix.com
4.) What style(s) of garments are you looking to order?
5.) Do you have a deadline you need the order in hand by?
Due to the setup and time involved to produce a screen printed garment, the more items you order, the lower the price will be per unit. We offer multiple price breaks to help suit your budget and needs.
We have a 12 piece minimum order requirement PER design for screen printing. We offer numerous price breaks so the more you order, the better the price per unit will be.
Our standard turn around for Screen Printing is 10 - 14 business days. However, large and complex orders may require additional time. Let us know if you have a deadline you need your printed garments in hand by. We can accommodate rush orders, if scheduling allows, for an additional fee. Please note the following turnaround times are upon artwork approval and payment in full. Limitless Graphix will not be held responsible for any unforeseen circumstances that are out of our control such as; back orders or errors from our distributors, shipping delays and/or inclement weather and power outages. Shipping time is not included in our turnaround time. Once shipment is dropped off to carrier, we are not liable for any delays or missed deadlines.
- Standard Turnaround: 10 - 14 Business Days - No Charge
- Expedited: 6 -9 Business Days - Add 20% Of The Total Order
- Rush: 2 - 5 Business Days - Add 40% Of The Total Order (Please contact to see if scheduling allows)
Spot Color Process: Spot Color Process is the most common type of screen printing. This technique separates each individual color in a design and prints each one separately. Ideal for simple designs that don't contain a lot of colors.
Four Color (CYMK) Process: The Four Color Process is a technique used when printing full color images on white garments. The artwork is separated into four different colors: cyan, magenta, yellow and black (CMYK) and are printed using halftones. We do charge an artwork fee of $50 for this process.
Simulatad Process: Simulated Process is a technique used when printing full color images on dark garments, however with the Simulated Process you are not limited to just the CMYK colors. We do charge an artwork fee of $50 for this process.
When printing on darker garments it is highly recommended to have a white under base, which allows the colors to be vibrant and not dull. This requires an additional screen charge. If you are on a budget we recommend printing on light garments
We can print up to 8 colors. However, we do offer different printing techniques for full color images.
We do allow Customer Supplied Items (C.S.I.). However, there is a 36 piece minimum (per style) and garments must be approved before the order is placed.
Currently the largest size we can print is 13" x 16"
Yes, you can get the same design printed in different colors. We do require a 12 piece minimum per color, and there will be an additional charge of $15 per color.