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Screen Printing 101

Screen Printing has been around for far longer than most people realize. It was believed to have been developed in Asia as far back as 500 AD and became a highly developed process by the 1600’s in China and Japan. Despite huge gains in printing technology over the years, Screen Printing remains the most efficient way to print high quality prints on t-shirts when you need more than a few dozen of the same design printed.

Screen Printing is also well known as Silk Screen Printing but the industry hasn’t actually used silk screens in a long time. Silk was used for a long time but modern day screen printing screens are mostly made from polyester now. We have an experienced screen printer that knows the ins and outs of this business. We take every job we get very seriously and hope you will let us quote you on your current or future projects.

Thread Wolf Screen Printing Process 7 Steps
Our Commitment to Quality

We decided long ago that when we opened up our print shop, our focus would be on exceptional print quality and outstanding customer service. We don’t take shortcuts and we don’t use cheap materials. Screen printing is one of those businesses where shops tend to come and go. Companies discount their service and take shortcuts just to get the job but the quality isn’t there and the pricing is not sustainable so they don’t last (often times leaving their customers hanging).

We would much rather focus on quality and produce a great product at a reasonable price. We believe that for any screen print shot to survive, they have to focus on delivery a quality product in a timely manner. That’s our commitment to you. If you come to Giant Robo Printing and entrust us with your print job, we will focus in on the details and do the job right. We will hold your hand through the process of getting the art ready and the project approved. We don’t want you to just bring us one screen print job, we want you to work with us once and then never have to look for another screen printer again.

When we price out a screen printing job, there are a lot of factor to consider. The main ones are type of garment we are printing on, the number of shirts we are printing, the number of locations per shirt and the number of colors per shirt. We find it easier to quote out screen printing projects for our customers rather than attempt to post pricing that may not be exactly what you need. We know it’s an extra step in the process but our promise to you is to respond to quote requests quickly so that you can make a decision. We want to win your business and will do our best to be completely transparent in our pricing and very competitive.

Screen Printing Requirements

Minimums – As we mentioned above, screen printing is still the ideal solution to printing most apparel items whenever you want to do at least a few dozen of the same design. Our minimum for screen printing is 24 and there really is no maximum. We have access to both manual and auto presses so the only real restriction is our minimum.
Hey, wait, I thought you said you didn’t have any minimums!? Yes, that is true, we do advertise ourselves that way and it is accurate. If you want just a few of something printed, we can do that for you, we just won’t use one of our screen printing presses for it. There is quite a bit of work to setup a screen print job which is what makes it impractical for small runs. Our goal was to create a print shop that could cater to the widest variety of needs and as such, we have invested in equipment that will allow us to meet the needs of the broadest range of customers. If you are looking to print less than 24 of something than we would guide you towards our DTG or Dye Sublimation printing processes.
Art Files – The higher quality your art, the cheaper and better your print will look. Ideally you will be able to supply us with vector art work files that we can use to create the screens. Not sure what that is? No worries, send us what you have and we can let you know if it will work or not. If you don’t have the right type of file, our Photoshop wizards can usually take care of it but it may cost a small fee.
Turnaround Time – Plan ahead. With screen print jobs we need time to order the blanks, edit the art work, create the screens and do the printing so our standard turnaround time for screen printing is 10 business days. We can do it quicker than that but there is a fee for all rush jobs.

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