We specialise in making your band or fashion/clothing label look good! Building sound relationships and providing good service hand in hand with producing quality printed apparel, these are our main aims. We can handle low quantity custom hand-printed orders - 25,50. Right through to large bulk orders - 500, 1000 etc. printed fast and consistently on high production equipment.
We are able to offer our customers a range of inks and finishes to provide the best and most suitable result for the particular garment. Some customers prefer the colour consistency and cost-effectiveness of plastisol inks others prefer water-based, discharge or HSA inks because they are soft and breathable.
Soft Hand Plastisol inks
Plastisol offers a bright long lasting print with a soft matte finish, perfect for 100% cotton and cotton/poly blends. Great repeatable colour reproduction, colours can be Pantone matched and, with adhering to correct garment washing/drying procedures, plastisol inks can stay opaque and vibrant for the life of the shirt.
Plastisol ink can be reused so produces less waste disposal than water-based inks that often can’t be reused. Any screen printing production is going to have an impact on the environment and use resources in some fashion or another. We do the best we can to conserve energy, reduce waste and operate responsibly.
Water-based and discharge inks typically work best on 100% cotton fabric. There are some standard colour garments that use fabric dyes that resist the discharge process, mainly kelly green, royal blue, purple etc. Discharge inks interact with garment colours and fabric types in interesting and sometimes unpredictable ways so you may want to do some research on this topic so you know what to expect. Also, colour matching with water-based inks is not as exact as with plastisol inks. There may be a reasonable variation in colour due to a number of factors. If you are considering water-based or water-based discharge inks for your garments let us work with you to pick the best combination of garments and inks to get the results you want.
The Idea that water-based inks and/or discharge inks are in some way 'Eco-friendly' is somewhat of a misnomer. Discharge ink off gasses horribly dangerous chemicals into the atmosphere, it's a very unhealthy process, it's recommended that garments are washed before use and unless a specific effect is required that cannot be achieved in any other way we don't recommend the use of discharge inks. We value the health of the people that work here. The base components of water-based ink are certainly less harmful to the environment than those of plastisol inks. However, the ultimate eco-footprint of water-based ink has more to do with how the ink is handled, stored, and cleaned than the printed result.
When any screen printer prints a graphic that contains gradients, what they’re really printing is AM/FM halftone dots. If you look closely at a screen printed tee that has gradients, you can actually make out these patterns up close but seen from a t-shirts normal viewing distance (following the recommended SGIA Rule of 240, for a 45-65 LPI halftone viewing distance is around 4-5ft) it makes a perfect blend. Halftone dots are the industry standard way of printing images that contain gradients and photographic elements. The size of the dot is expressed as lines per inch (LPI) and we normally print halftones from 45lpi to 65lpi depending on a number of factors including the artwork and opacity required etc.
Simulated Process Printing
A simulated process image can look like it has been printed with standard four colour inks (CMYK), but it is actually printed with however many specific ink colours are needed for that image. The colours will be specific to that image and the colour of the t-shirt it's being printed on. Simulated process uses inks that are opaque, unlike process inks that are semi-transparent. We colour separate in-house to keep control of how the image is printed and strive to print in the least amount of colours to keep cost to a minimum.