Our machines can print anywhere from 1 to 16 colors with normal production time being 5-7 days with rush service available. Our personalized service will help you achieve the best print on the right products. We offer both plastisol and water-based inks along with other specialty inks such as high-density, foil, glitter, puff, glow, and many others.
Screen & Film Set Up
Each color in your logo requires its own screen and film. Films are included in the pricing below. In some cases there are re-order set up charges, however, in most cases if you order again within 1 year and there are no changes to your art files / screens then re-order screens are free.
Regular Screens are $30 each and are 18” x 22”.
Jumbo Screens are $125 each and are 30” x 60”.
Spot Color vs. Process CMYK
Spot Color Printing:
These are specific colors that we reference from the Pantone Color Matching System. It is how we communicate the right ink color for production and is similar to picking a paint color at your local Home Improvement store from the paint samples which have numbers. Our logo below is a sample of a spot color printed design.
This method of achieving color in printing is referred to as CMYK, four–color process, 4/c process or even just process. To reproduce a color image, a file is separated into four different colors: Cyan (C), Magenta (M), Yellow (Y) and Black (K).
During separation, screen tints comprised of small dots are applied at different angles and run on a printing press with one color overprinting the next. The composite image fools the naked eye with the illusion of continuous tone. We now offer 6, 8, 10, 12, and 14 color simulated process printing. The more colors we add in, the sharper your print. The minimum order for 4 color process printing is 72 units.
Sample Process Prints
Our expert color separations and industry screen printing experts push our process and simulated process screen printing to the most professional results. From basic 4 color process to 16 color process printing, your design is in good hands. Process separations incur fees of $150.00 per design.
Plastisol Ink vs. Waterbase Ink
Plastisol ink is the most commonly used today. When applied to your product it will have a thickness and texture. It is a thicker ink, durable, and easy to control color. When printing on dark materials, a white underbase coat is required to build the other colors on top of it, similar to printing primer on a wall before the final color coat.
Water Based ink was most common in the 1970's and earlier. This ink is lightweight and has a water-like consistency on the screen. The end result is a very soft print, which in today's market is referred to at times as 'vintage'. It is durable, however it is more difficult to control ink color and the inks can dry on the screen making this process more difficult. When printing on dark materials a discharge base is used. This is similar to a bleaching effect to get the colored material down to a neutral color. Adding a wash to your product after printing creates the ultimate soft vintage effect. Waterbase printing must be done on 100% cotton product for optimal results. Waterbase printing is more expensive than plastisol, please call with questions.