We’re mad about screen printing
Screenprinting is our passion, we love to do it and we do it perfectly! There is a lot more to it than applying your artwork to a garment, we have to make important decisions from artwork and films to screens and meshes but most importantly we have to select the inks we use to get the best results for your design.
Each colour in your design require its own personal screen, screens are then layered up one after another to fit perfectly, thus producing your end design.
Woven Inc Ltd specialise in plastisol, water base and discharge inks which are a standard price. We also use special inks such as puff, gloss, glow, reflective, foil and glitter. These ink do come at an extra cost as they are not used everyday, if you’d like a quote on special inks, let us know what you are after and we can price it all from there.
If there’s a specific type of ink you’d like us to use then please just ask.
If you are very specific about the look of your design, the Pantone colours within your design please do not hesitate to call us, and we will be more than happy to discuss the options available to create the finish you are looking for.
Screenprinting can be quite complicated or hard to understand so check out some of the questions we have had before or go to our FAQ’s.
Printing Do’s & Dont’s
Screenprinting is an art and we know exactly what to do, from the right inks to compliment your garments to the perfect finishes. Having said that we are not mind readers so if you want things a certain way just shout up and we will follow your instruction. We want your order to look as awesome as you do, SO we’ve put together a list of things to consider and things to avoid when preparing your order.
Discharge printing is a new great way of printing, its soft, and it sits in the garment rather than on top. This is were it gets tricky, not every garment discharges well AND not all coloured garment discharges well (they will discharge but just not to the same effect). Coloured garments are not all dyed the same way or with the same intensity/amount of the dye used to make the shirts bright and vibrant. We would say the following garment colours are a not the best to use discharge inks on (which includes our Premium Standard Ink): Kelly Green, Red, Royal Blue, Lapis, Cobalt, Purple, Forest, Teal, and Turquoise. If you are going to print on these shirt colours, please note that lighter colors like white and yellow will be influenced by the shirt colour remaining underneath.
Why Not Print Over Seams, Pockets Or Zippers
For perfect coverage with screen printing, you need a flat surface for the best quality. To get the best quality print when screen printing, we need as flat of a surface as possible between the pallet (that the garment lays on) and the screen (that holds your design). The fronts and backs of t-shirts are consistently smooth and the same thickness, which allows us to get a perfect print every time. However, when you print over a seam, pocket or zipper, it creates an inconsistency, because these are thicker portions of the garment. When you print over these portions of the garments, it creates a gap in the print where the ink from the screen does not touch the shirt due to the ridge caused by the seam.
If you really want us to print over seams, we will do but please be aware of these inconstancies, some may be fine but others may have these defects. We do our absolute best to give you the highest quality print possible, but when a print goes over the seams, we cannot accept responsibility for any negative effects caused by this issue.
Note: For hooded sweatshirts, we do have special pallets that have indentations for the zipper and pocket seams but not every sweatshirt is the same.
Printing On Ribbed Garments
Ribbed garments are old school but they are a snug fit garment and some people like that but they are predominantly stretched to meet the size of the individual wearing them. This is great for the final consumer but makes printing on them a problem. When you pull a ribbed garment onto the press, it is not always stretched out, so the ink only goes on the top of the ribs. Then, when the shirt is put on, the ink pulls apart, exposing a gap between the ribs that is not printed. We can apply more pressure on the press to try to force the ink into the gaps, but this limits the amount of detail that is actually shown on the garment. Because of these issues, we strongly suggest that you do not print on ribbed garments.
Garments Not To Print
Through out the years we have adapted and found new techniques to tackle the ever changing array of garments that are available. We have two lists for you: a yes with exceptions and a definite no, just because we have said no to screen printing does not mean we do not have an alternative method.
The Yes With Limitations List
- Ribbed Garments – Uneven print area leaving you without a sharp image.
- Hi Visability – Most colours work, although this is a fluorescent jacket so some colours do not show as well as they should. Our suggestion is to stick with Black, we can put down a first down white for all other colours but it will make the print heavier.
- 100% Polyester – The curing process can often fault on these garments, also when printing onto coloured garments the garment colour can often come through the ink.
- Polo Shirts – Again polo shirts have an uneven surface and can result in your image not being as sharp/clear as possible. In addition, the drying process can damage the buttons on the garment. You can only print on a certain percentage of the top panel.
The Definite No List
- Waterproof Jackets
- Soft shell Jackets
From time to time people want as big of a print as possible. With standard unisex or men’s tees, this is typically not a problem. However, some shirts have issues when printing oversized, please be mindful of the size breaks and garment mixes when placing oversized prints that the design will fit on all garments:
Tank tops come in a range of shapes sizes and detail some are low cut at both the neckline and the sleeves. Oversized prints on these garments can cause print defects from printing over the seams or running off the edges.
The neckline of the V-neck may cut into the design not all v-necks have the same drop. Please consider this when you are designing your artwork that it will one fit and two work with all garments.
Ladies Tees are generally more fitted and tapered to the figure of a woman, they are often shorter and slimmer. In order to get the girls tee onto the press, it has to be stretched. This can cause several issues: possible ripped shirts, loss of form from stretching past normal means, a distorted image due to stretching the shirt, and the design being cut off the bottom/sides of the shirt.
Oversized pallets are a lot wider than normal. In order to get slim fit tees onto the press, 9 times out of 10 they need to be stretched. This can cause several issues: possible ripped shirts overstretched, loss of form from stretching past normal means, a distorted image due to stretching the shirt, and the design being cut off the bottom/sides of the shirt. Printing over seams to fit the design on.
Please note: Any print that goes over a seam will result in imperfections in the print. (Some customers find this effect desirable, but we discourage it and will not be held responsible for misprints).