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Screen Printing

  • Minimum order only 20 units
  • Weekly capacity over 50,000 garments
  • Relabelling and garment finishing available
  • Highly durable with long lasting results
  • From as little as £1.39 per T-shirt
  • Fantastic finish at cheap cost

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 Ink

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

  • Fleeces
  • Waterproof Jackets
  • Soft shell Jackets

Oversized Prints

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

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.

V-Necks

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.

Girls Tees

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.

Slim fit

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).

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Print Only

  • Minimum 20 garments
  • Freedom to purchase your own stock
  • Perfect idea for marketing companies
  • Easy up front purchase
  • Perfect idea for marketing companies
  • Easy up front purchase

Need print only? we’ve got you covered

Here at Woven Inc Ltd. we offer a print only service but with print only comes some strict rules to follow. We all know rules aren’t ‘cool’ but we aren’t trying to be cool we just want to make sure your jobs aren’t mixed with any of our own.

We presume when you are ordering a print only job your are agreeing with our ‘uncool’ rules.

If you do have any questions feel free to contact us at any point and we will be happy to help on 0191 543 6966 or [email protected].

Colours

  • 1–2 / 20–50 Pieces (Mixed Garments)
  • 3–4 / 51–99 Pieces (Mixed Garments)
  • 5–6 / 100–250 Pieces (Mixed Garments)
  • 7+ Please Contact

Print Only Rules

We do have strict rules when it comes to colour of prints to quantities, print only prices can only be quoted on once we have seen the designs.

NO CREDIT TERMS: We require payment upfront before any visuals are sent from us.

We require the following information from you when placing a print only job:

  • Garments i.e T-shirts, Hoods etc.
  • Garment brand.
  • Colour ways for each garment.
  • Full size break for each garment and colour way.

If you have several different designs for mixture of garments we need clear instructions. Goods will be visualised from our end, if theres any mistakes please notify our artwork team.

All artwork needs to be sent in a vector format only.

Once we have received payment we will forward all information onto our artwork team, they will then send visuals within 48 hours. We need an approval directly back to our artwork team to move ahead with production. Turn around will be 7-10 working days from approving your artwork. Stock is to be sent the following day.

We require the following information when sending your own stock:

  • Exact delivery date.
  • Who the stock is sent from i.e your supplier or which delivery company.
  • The stock needs to be clearly marked as your own.
  • If we don’t have the above information we can not take responsibility for any stock allocated to our own jobs.
  • We will NOT accept any part deliveries, if any goods are on back order we will not hold your job to wait for extra stock.
  • We will NOT take resposibly for any damaged or missing goods.
  • Any shortages on stock will also NOT be refunded or credited back to your account.
  • Any incorrect goods sent out to you will not be returned or refunded at our end.
  • **All goods remain the property of Woven Inc Ltd untill they are fully paid for.
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Direct To Garment (DTG)

  • No minimums
  • No limitation on colours
  • Ideal for stag and hen t-shirts
  • Print on to any colour garment
  • Ideal for stag and hen t-shirts
  • Print on to any colour garment

Full colour, direct to your garment

Direct to garment also referred to as DTG, is another process we can offer here at Woven Inc Limited. This process does exactly what it says, it prints your full colour image directly onto your garment in a matter of minutes.

With DTG you don’t have any minimum orders, so you can order 1 or 50+ but if you are ordering more than 20 pieces in the same design you would be best of having your goods screen printed.

What is DTG?

DTG means direct to garment, in a nut shell its a digital apparel printing process whereby you lay your garment flat on a printer bed and a specialised inkjet prints directly onto the garment.

How Does It Work?

Send through a high-resolution image and specify the image size (dependant on the garment size) Simply load your garment onto the DTG printer you set it away it. The machine pre-treats the print area, then prints a one-pass white followed with the CMYK print for faster production. The one pass white feature helps maximise colours on darker garments. Once your image is printed we remove the garment and place it in the dryer and its done.

What Machine Do You Use?

At the moment we use a Kornit Breeze which is one of the best in the market.

How Much Does It Cost?

Based on a Gildan Heavy T-shirt pricing would be as below:

  • White Garment (includes print) – £9 (ex vat)
  • Coloured Garment (includes print) – £10.50 (ex vat)
  • For other garments please request a quote.

How Many Colours Can I Print

With DTG you have unlimited access to colours, although please beware you will not get the same results as screen printing. Colours don’t tend to be as bright when using DTG process. Also printing the same design on both white and coloured garments may show a slight different shade.

Is There A Set Up Fee?

No, theres no set up fees or minimums with DTG Printing.

What’s The Turn Around Time?

Standard turn around time is 7-10 working days from art work approval.

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Sublimation

  • Low minimums
  • No set up fee
  • No limitations on graphics
  • Full garment coverage
  • No Print Texture
  • Ideal for stag and hen t-shirts

Get the all over look with sublimation printing

Some people may be confused between our one colour all over printing and sublimation printing, these are two totally different processes for us. With sublimation there’s no limitation in colour and coverage.

What Is Sublimation Printing?

Sublimation printing is an all over (depending on your design or positioning) full colour print; it can only be reproduced on polyester garments. The good thing with sublimation printing there is no limitations with graphics or colours.

How Does It Work?

The graphics are printed onto a transfer paper, then each shirt is laid flat, card can often be laid inside the garment or within the neck line to prevent the design transferring through. The machine then uses a mixture of heat and pressure to transfer the image onto the garment.

The print leaves no texture on the garment and washes flawlessly. You may notice inconsistencies around the garment especially under the arms around the neckline and on any seams. This is normal, not ideal but it does happen unfortunately.

Is There A Minimum Order?

Most places require 50 or 100 pieces per design but we only ask for a minimum of 25 pieces per design. We can sublimate onto t-shirts, crews and some hoods, but they do all need to be polyester garments.

Why Do I Have White Lines In My Garments?

With sublimation there will be some discrepancies such as white lines. These lines appear when the garment has a crease in it, we do our best to avoid this although it can still sometimes happen.

Can I Sublimate On To Coloured Items

No we have to sublimate directly onto white Polyester goods.

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Vinyl

  • No minimum order
  • No set up fees
  • Very economical
  • Fast turnaround times
  • Ideal for individual sports numbers
  • Ideal for stag and hen t-shirts

Vinyl Is Not Dead

Our specially designed Roland Versacamm machine prints CMYK solvent ink straight onto a vinyl sheet that can be heat pressed on to fabric. Our printer can cut to any shape to suit the logo, often not leaving a white border if the logo doesn’t need it, ideal for clothing transfers.

With digital transfers we do not charge for set ups regardless of how many colours are in your design, this makes it very economic for short runs and also fast turnarounds as there is no inks to mix or screens to make. Since this is a digital process it is very easy to make each garment unique with clothing transfers.

Pricing for digital transfers are as follows (per garment):

  • Up To A6 – £2.50
  • Up To A4 – £4.00
  • Up To A3 – £5.50
  • Names – £2.50 each
  • Numbers – £2 each

Why Does My Name Transfer Not Match My Print Or Embroidery?

Transfers come from the ink jet printing process so they can not be matched exactly. Even with the best matches you will get a slightly different shade. Transfers can not be pantone matched unfortunately. Its always best to for straight black or white.

What’s The Minimum Order?

There is no minimums for Transfer?

Can I Get Names Or Numbers?

Yes of course. Numbers are £2 each and Names are £2.50 each (depending on length of name).

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Artwork

  • Vector files preferred
  • High resolution files of 300dpi or more
  • .jpeg, .pdf, .ai, .psd, .tiff, .gif, .bmp files
  • Proofs sent via email before printing begins
  • Ideal for individual sports numbers
  • Ideal for stag and hen t-shirts

Our guidelines for artwork

Below are some guidelines for artwork and the specifications we need to complete your job for you. Stick to the list below and there shouldn’t be any problem providing you with a top notch product!

Accepted file types for screen print

Vector Artwork created in design programs such as Adobe Illustrator, CorelDraw, Adobe Indesign or FreehandMX is preferably the the file types we would like supplied. Please save your vector files as .eps, .pdf, or .ai files.

When working in Adobe Illustrator, convert all the text into outlines. In CorelDraw, export or save as a .pdf with all type converted to curves. In Freehand MX convert all text to paths.

Bitmap Artwork created in design programs like Photoshop can also be used if supplied at a high enough resolution. Please save your pixel based files as .jpeg, .tiff, or .png sized to 300 dpi or larger.

Please note: when creating these types of artwork, start off at 300 dpi when creating your design as it’s always better to scale down than scale up – you will lose quality if you don’t start off with a high resolution document to begin with.

Sizing Artwork

Please specify all artwork positions and sizes clearly when placing your order. If a mock up of where you want your design is available, We would love to see it.

Artwork Changes

Our artwork department will charge £25 to redraw your artwork, these charges are only applicable if you have not submitted your artwork to comply with the above guidelines.

Accepted file types for embroidery

All file types are generally accepted for embroidery as long as the resolution is high quality. Preferred files are: High resolution JPG, BMP, TIF, EPS, AI, PSD.

Screen Print Proofs

All artwork to be used in the customisation of your garments will be e-mailed to you as a PDF proof. These proofs are your final time to take a look at your artwork before entering the production stage, and MUST be approved and e-mailed back in a timely manner.

Our standard turnaround time from approval is 7-10 working days. Extra time spent on changes to the artwork may result in artwork charges (see Artwork charges). Your emailed approval is our authorization for processing and is considered FINAL once signed off. Please note a verbal approval is not permitted.

Embroidery Proofs

Once we have digitised you logo (turned it into a suitable file type for embroidery purposes), we will then embroider the design onto a piece of fabric and send it to you via post for your approval.

Confused?

Ok, Don’t worry, we don’t expect everyone to understand all of this so if you are in doubt about anything, give us a call and one of the guys in our professionally trained artwork department will gladly explain things and help guide you through. We look forward to hearing from you.