SilkScreen Printing

SilkScreen Printing

overview

At French Press Custom we provide custom silkscreen printing on clothing and apparel for all of Los Angeles and Orange County, CA. Silkscreen printing or screen printing is one of the oldest ways of printing custom apparel and it is a process that involves pushing ink through a mesh onto the fabric of your custom apparel. In order to create the design the ink goes through the spaces created by the stencil opening of the mesh and when the ink is pushed into the mesh it sinks into the garment. When it comes to screen printing every color is printed separately so each color has a separate mesh screen. The last step of the silkscreen printing process is to let the ink on your t-shirt or custom apparel dry off.

Direct to Garment Design Examples

Digital t-shirt printing is essenatial for designs that are too complex or detailed for traditional screen printing methods

Some of our past work

print styles WE PROVIDE

WATERBASE

Waterbase printing is very similar to discharge printing but for white and light colored shirts. The inks are dyed into the fabric. When used on dark color fabrics it gives a strong faded/vintage look. Keep in mind that when using light ink colors on dark shirts the ink colors will be tinted by the shirt color. For example white inks on a black shirt will cause the inks to be a light grey. Waterbase inks must be washed before they take their “no feel” state.

PLASTISOL

This is the traditional style of printing. Inks are thicker and rougher than our standard printing, and the ink sits on top of the shirt. These inks can be printed on any garment or fabric and work best in small print areas. Plastisol inks will be used on all 50/50 tees in place of our Standard inks.

FOIL PRINTING

Foil Transfers are a great option when looking for a reflective surface on a shirt. The transfers are a metallic facing adhered to the shirt with clear adhesive ink. They are bright and highly reflective, although they do require special care to maintain their luster. Silver and gold are standard colors, although special requests can be made.

PROCESS PRINTING

Four Color Process printing, also known as CMYK, uses only 4 colors to achieve your photorealistic image (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black). This process is typically performed on white or light colored garments and will not produce prints with a high amount of color detail.

Frequently asked question

How quickly can you produce digitally printed t-shirts?

Some Orders can be printed and shipped in little as 24 hours, but the standard is 7 to 10 business days with free shipping.

Need your order filled faster?

No problem! We can accomodate most deadlines, even if it means burning the midnight oil to make it happen. If you have an order you need filled sooner, call a project specialist immediately at 1-562-407-3800.

Can I order digital printing on black garments?

Yes! while most of the companies only offer DTG services on the lighter t-shirt colors, French Press Custom can accommodate any order, light or dark, large or small.

What kind of images are best for digital printing t-shirts?

Many factors affect an image's digital printibility, but a basic rule of thumb is: The higher the resolution, the better. Our machines are the best in the business and produce the highest quality prints available, but those prints are only as good as photos upon which they're based.

Pros

Very cost effective for large orders

Great for large wholesale orders with simple designs

Super high quality printing

Never cracks or fades as inks are dyed into the garment.

Cons

Could be a large upfront investment

Not effective for showing high resolution details

Not ideal for photo designs

Usually, a minimum quantity is stipulated for using screen prints

Limited to 100% polyester or polyester dominant garments

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