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 - 15, 25,50. Right through to large bulk orders - 500, 1000 etc. printed fast and consistently on high production automatic presses.
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 or discharge inks because they are soft and breathable. We get awesome results with both!
Soft Hand Plastisol inks
Plastisol can be quite a sticky ink but additives mean our special mix plastisol inks are soft and matt, 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 etc. Plastisol inks can stay opaque and vibrant for the life of the shirt.
Water-based and water-based discharge inks typically work best on 100% cotton fabric, you can print on 50/50 fabric blends with some great effects but colour reproduction and brightness suffer. 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. Great for oversize printing.
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.