What is so good about waterbase ink?
Waterbase ink has a soft feel on the t shirt and lasts through thousands of washings. It is most suitable for white and light colored garments. It has a minimal impact on the environment since it isn't made with as many chemicals as other textile inks, and when printing, it cleans up with water.
I have seen shirts in the store that have a picture on them, but I don't feel any ink on the surface, what is that and do you print that too?
You are talking about Discharge ink and yes, that is one of our specialties. Discharge ink is a reductive process and the color comes from removing the dye from the shirt and replacing it with the desired color. It provides extremely bright and long lasting color, especially on dark colored garments.
Most of my shirts are printed with an ink that has a thick, rubbery feel, what kind of ink is that?
That is called plastisol ink. It is made from a collection of chemicals to help it bond with the fabric. It lends itself well to four color process printing. One of the common characteristics of this ink as it ages, especially when inadequately cured, is a tendency to crack and peel with repeated washes. It is the most frequently used ink in t shirt print shops, and we can provide this if it is what you are looking for.
I want to do the printing myself. Can I bring you the picture and have you make the screen?
Yes, this is one of the services we offer. You can provide your image in black and white on paper, or as a digital file. We can provide you with your image on the screen, ready to print.
I am working on a digital design. In what format and file type should I provide the artwork to you?
We prefer Photoshop and Illustrator files: psd or ai saved as cs4 or later. Other common file types we accept: png, pdf, eps or jpeg with a minimum of 300 dpi at the final size. We recomend at least 500dpi. If you are using an unusual font please include the font file. Feel free to contact us if you are unsure what you need to send.
You used the term dpi, I am not sure what you mean by that?
Dpi = dots per inch. When a photograph is translated into digital format, the computer uses a dot matrix to reproduce the gradation in the image. With screen printing, a dpi of at least 300 is needed to create a line with a sharp/smooth edge.
I found a picture on the internet that I really want to put on a t shirt or include in my design. Will that look cool?
The problem with reproducing internet images is their low resolution. The dots per inch on the internet is generally 72 dpi, which when enlarged produces an unsatisfactory line quality, not to mention copyright issues. In most cases you would need to reproduce what you have seen in your own fashion.