Frequently asked questions about screen printing

What is Screen Printing?

Screen Printing, often referred to as Silk Screening, is a printing process using mesh screen coated in photosensitive emulsion with a rubber squeegee to imprint your image onto a range of mediums. This is often done in layers, using a single ‘screen’ for each color within the artwork.

Will the Print Last?

As long as we print and cure it correctly (and we promise we will), it’ll probably outlast the actual shirt! You may see a little bit of fading and cracking over time after many washes, so mileage may vary.

What Can You Screen Print Onto?

We can Screen Print onto a wide variety of garments and apparel, including;

– T-Shirts
– Hoodies/Sweats
– Pants/Tracksuits
– Koozies
– Bags
– Totes
– Work Wear
– Active Wear

Generally, anything we can fit on our press, we’ll print.

If you have a question regarding a particular item and whether or not we could print on it, email or call our friendly team and we’ll be able to help you out.

Do You Print On Jackets, Bags, Hats, Or Aprons?

YES.  Give us a call to see if we can print on your item!

Do I Need to Bring My Own Shirts?

No, we can help you choose the right type of tee shirt and color

Where Can You Print on my Clothing?

Left Chest, Center Chest, Either side of body, upper back, middle back, lower back, upper/lower offset back, and sleeves….lots of places!

Do You Need Me to Supply a Design?

No, if you have a design, that’s great! Forward logo and we can prepare for screen print-ready art. Artwork Requirements: All artwork should be print sized. All artwork should be submitted as vector or 300dpi raster. All fonts should be converted to outlines or curves. Artwork should be submitted in either, .ai, .eps, .pdf, or .cdr. We include up to 30 minutes of free design time.  Graphic Design is billed at $30 per 30 minutes thereafter.

If you don’t, we can design from a small description to the full evolution of the design.

Is There a Minimum Required to Order?

Yes, we request at least a 12 shirt minimum per design for all jobs in our shop.

Can I Mix And Match Shirt & Ink Colors?

Yes. Different shirt colors are ok as long as the ink colors are the same.  If we need to change ink colors additional fees will apply. Please note Dark Garments Flashing: All dark garments will require a second color for the flash. As such, please price the next color column for all dark garments.

What Is “Single Hit” Vs. “Double Hit?”

Single hit refers to a screen-printed design printed once as a single layer of ink. Double hit refers to a single color being printed twice for 2 layers of ink. Sometimes, customers choose to double hit light colored inks on dark garments (white ink on black tees for example) to make sure the the print is very bright and vibrant. Others prefer a single hit for a softer print feel and more muted, vintage look. Double hit usually refers to single color prints, for multi-color prints we call it an underbase (white print layer under color print layers on dark garments).

Can I Mix Shirt Sizes & Do I Need To Order In Dozens?

You can order as many different shirt sizes as you want per dozen.

How Do You Estimate Screen Printing Pricing?

Our screen printing service pricing is based on four major criteria.

  • Number of items –  Effectively, this is the number of garments.
  • Number of Print locations – Speaks for itself
  • Number of colors– Simply put, this is the total number of colors in the design
  • Specialty Services – Finishing and add-on services such as foil, heat seal or additives.
  • Garments Pricing Is Seperate And Additional.

While we can try to estimate the price of your project based on these criteria, it’s always best to contact us directly for a quote.

Can You Color Match?

No colors shown on mock-ups, logos, artwork, or the like should be considered color matched to a Pantone (PMS) color. We will do our best to match the color, however, we will not perform any color matching without your expressed written request. PMS Color matching is billed at our standard rate of $10.00 per color.

What is Your Turn Around?

Commonly from the time we receive your payment till the time the order is completed is 5-10 business days. When you submit a quote we generally give you an idea when it would print as well.

I’m in a Rush, Can You Print Very Quickly?

That is a loaded question, that always depends on what’s already on our plate. However, many times we can make it happen. We have been known to turn around orders very quickly if the customer is in a rush and has the correct files. Never hurts to ask, but please if your on a deadline, let us know that right away so we can try to make it happen.

Where Do I Start the Process?

Use our form on our website to request a quote.