APPAREL PRINTING FAQsFrequently Asked Questions about all aspects of apparel screen printing
HOW ARE MY T-SHIRT PRICES CALCULATED?
CAN I ORDER DIFFERENT COLOURS AND SIZES FOR MY APPAREL ORDER?
HOW DO YOU CHOOSE INK COLOURS?
WHAT THE HECK IS A WHITE UNDERBASE AND WHY DO I NEED IT?
WHAT IF I WANT SOME MENS SHIRTS AND SOME WOMENS SHIRTS?
Keep in mind that an Extra Small Womens tee can only accept a 10″ Image, so if your men’s shirts have a 14″ wide image, you may need to make extra sets of screens to shrink the image. This will add additional setup and printing fees to break the run into two parts.
WHATS THE DEAL WITH SETUP FEES?
ARE THERE SETUP FEES FOR REORDERS? DO YOU KEEP MY SCREENS?
HOW MANY COLOURS CAN YOU PRINT ON T-SHIRTS?
WHAT ARE YOUR MINIMUM ORDER QUANTITIES?
CAN I ORDER 24 SHIRTS, WITH TWO DIFFERENT IMAGE SIZES?
An order like this would be billed as two runs of 12 pieces, with all associated setup and screen making fees. Each design size needs it’s own set of screens with the smaller or larger image size.
POSTER PRINTING FAQsFrequently Asked Questions about the ins and outs of Poster Screen Printing
WHAT'S THE MINIMUM ORDER FOR POSTER PRINTS?
DO YOU KEEP ANY POSTERS? OR SELL THEM LATER?
WHAT'S THE LARGEST SIZE YOU CAN PRINT?
WHAT INKS DO YOU USE? MY LAST POSTER PRINTER USED INKS THAT SCUFFED.
We only use TW Graphics or Nazdar commerical grade waterbased inks. They are much more expensive, they do take longer to import into Canada, but they are made with automotive grade pigments, with an ultra fine grind. This allows us to get both very solid colours, but excellent colour saturation and depth during production. In turn, you can do a tint of 95% clear ink and 5% coloured ink and be sure that you will get even pigment distribution across the whole layer.
WHAT SORT OF PAPER DO YOU PRINT ON?
WHAT IS TRAPPING?
WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR A FIRST TIME POSTER ORDERER?
- The paper is going to change shape during printing. Design your print so that colours have outlines, or if they don’t perfectly match up the final product isn’t ruined. We’ve seen paper expand as much as 3/8″ during production. Try to keep colours with minimal coverage printed first, and larger areas printed later. This allows as many colours to print perfectly in register before we hit the poster with larger areas of ink which tend to distort prints.
- This is a hand made process. The machines are automated, but the human element is even more present than in apparel printing. Your poster production is a combination of your art, and our printmakers skill and experience. Our best print relationships involve customers that understand that number of variables that are present in the work we do, and plan ahead in terms of design and production.
- Don’t put borders around your print that have to be cut 100% perfectly. Your paper is going to warp a bit, and cutting partially warped paper is a nightmare in terms of perfect accuracy. All our cutting has a 1/8″ tolerance in any direction, so keep that in mind.
CUSTOM KNIT FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT COLOURS ARE AVAILABLE FOR KNIT TOQUES
By and large any standard/normal
We don’t recommend trying to match exact
IF WE WANT TOQUES FOR WINTER, WHEN SHOULD BE ORDER?
Fall and winter are the busiest times at both our overseas factory and our Canadian factory. If you wish to ensure that you have toques available for the start of the fall season, please order based on the following
CANADIAN MADE = Order in August/Sept
OVERSEAS = Order in Sept/Oct
*Canadian production takes several extra weeks if ordering after Mid Sept
**Overseas has much higher capacity and shorter turn times.
ARE EMBROIDERY THREADS, WOVEN LABEL THREADS AND KNITTING THREADS THE SAME COLOURS?
Each style of
Knitting thread is somewhat limited.
If you need to match your label, embroidery and knitting