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Industry Leading Screen Printing Standards

Garment Decor has delivered the industry standard for screen printing since 2002. We turn to cutting-edge technology to print your custom garments, and take pride in the quality of our garments, designs, and screen printing. While you require quality, you also require competitively priced garments and lightning-fast turnaround. You can count on Garment Decor!

Screen Printed Design Examples

Our goal is to make placing your custom silk screen printing as easy as possible. With a team of friendly and skilled designers, and an intuitive online design studio—you can easily create the custom apparel required for your brand, business, school, team, non-profit, or special event.

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Our Silk Screen Printing Services Process

  1. Step 1

    Submit your preexisting design, or use our intuitive online design studio to create your custom design. Don’t worry, you don’t have to be an artist or graphic designer! Our design studio is packed full of visually appealing pre-made templates, graphics, and creative fonts. Customize until you have the perfect design—or go template free and use our design studio to start from scratch.

  2. Step 2

    Send your custom design over to our design team, where they will fine tune and clean up your design—or identify the parts of the design that won’t translate well with silk screening. They will send over a digital proof for you to review, but won’t start your order until you are 100% pleased with your custom design.

  3. Step 3

    Once approved, your design will be separated color-by-color on individual screens. Then we will “ink” each shirt in the color order required for your custom design. After printing we flash-dry your garment between each screen, which is essential for ensuring color quality, clean design, a crisp finish, and zero color bleeding.

  4. Step 4

    Once your custom design is complete, we dry your apparel at 380 degrees Fahrenheit for 25 seconds on one of our conveyor dryers. This ensures a thorough and even cure, that your ink fully adheres to your garment, and that your ink won’t crack, fade, peel, or wash away.

  5. Step 5

    Once your order is complete, each and every t-shirt or garment undergoes individual quality inspection. Your order won’t ship until we have verified that every single item is perfect!

  6. Step 6

    Once your order passes quality inspection, we send you your UPS tracking number with guaranteed delivery date—and ship your order right to your door

  7. Step 7

    This is where the fun begins—the moment you open the box containing your custom apparel. This is our favorite part of the process too, because our clients love to share their new swag on social media, and we love to see the photos! Feel free to leave a raving review on Yelp, Google+, and Facebook.

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Screen Printing Techniques — we do it all
There are a number of different types of screen printing; at Garment Decor we will always try to recommend the most suitable print method for your artwork.

The primary differences in screen printing are not found in the method but in the types of inks used and the effects that they produce. One of the most commonly used inks in screen printing is plastisol ink which uses spot colours; if your design is full colour or if you want to achieve a different feel a different print method might be more suitable. We will always recommend the most suitable print method once we’ve seen your artwork.

At Garment Decor we use 3 automatic and 2 manual flatbed screen printing machines capable of printing around 75,000 garments a week.

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Waterbased Inks

Water-based ink uses either dyes or pigments in a suspension with water as a solvent. It has a much thinner viscosity than standard plastisol ink. This enables the ink to absorb into the fibers of the fabric and essentially re-dye them. Standard plastisol ink lays on top of the fabric in layers and that is why the prints often feel thick and scratchy. Plastisol inks are made of a PVC (polyvinyl chloride) plastic which is what gives it that thick feel to it. After several washes and wear and tear on a shirt, the plastisol ink is known to crack or distress. Water based prints are super soft, you virtually can’t even feel it! They will also never crack, peel or fade because they are now a part of the fabric, not layered up on top.

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Discharge Inks

Discharge ink is also a water based ink but it has an activator added to it to release the dye in the shirt. This activator, or discharging agent, brings the shirt back to its natural bone color.

Pigments can then be added to the ink to essentially re-dye the fabric to a new color. Without this discharging agent, water based inks would soak into the already dyed fibers and not be able to be seen.

To put it into perspective, when printing on paper you’re printing on a white substrate. With fabric that is already dyed, you have to bring it back to a white state so that you can lay colors on it.

The downside is that it’s harder to match Pantone PMS colours.

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4 Colour Proces (CMYK)

In this process a full colour photo or image is taken and broken down into its four consistent colours: cyan, magenta, yellow, black, which are then mixed in particular percentages to create a wide range of colours. This process works best on white garments as printing onto darker garments will require the use of additional colours.

This process requires us to send your artwork away in order to calculate the number of colours and screens required. We will also need to see your artwork in order to provide an accurate quotation. Note: We need to separate the colours in your artwork and a different screen will need to be used for each colour.

 
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Halftone Printing

This process involves printing a single colour or multiple colours in gradients. It’s great when you want to produce the illusion of multicolour printing without the expense of actually doing it.

Again we need to see your artwork in order to provide an accurate quotation.

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Plastisol Inks

Plastisol is a suspension of PVC particles in a plasticizer (a chemincal additive that increases flexibility). It is cost effective and durable and produces bold and crisp results. The ink sits on top of the fabric producing meaning the print colours are bright and vibrant.

The inks can be easily matched to any Pantone PMS numbers.

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Speciality Inks

We offer a whole load of speciality inks & printing, but here's some of our most popular. If you're after a special effect that isn't mentioned here, just ask & I'm sure we can sort something out for you!

Inks include Glow in the dark, Metallic, Neon, Puff, Foil, Fluorescent, Glitter, Shimmer, Suede, Hight Density, Super Gel, Black on Black, and Black light inks etc.

Bulk Order Discouts
The more you order, the more you save!

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Screen Printing FAQ

You have already identified that screen printing is the best way to highlight your custom design, but you may have a few questions. Below are the answers to the questions we are asked most frequently.

What kind of ink do you use?

Garment Decor uses the highest quality plastisol inks on the market today. While there are many silk screen inks to choose from, plastisol ink is the most versatile. Plastisol doesn’t dry until cured, their colors are stunning, and the ink holds up with continued wash and wear.

Do you offer water-based inks?

Yes! While our plastisol ink is our standard, we aim to please. If water-based inks are your preference, contact our customer service team directly at 855-942-7636 to discuss your water-based silk screen printing.

How small can my design be?

We suggest that all logos and graphics are at least 4 to 5 inches wide. Any smaller and it may not achieve the visible branding you required, or the detail of your design may not be apparent. However, we understand that your embroidery needs may be unique—and are happy to work with you to achieve the perfect size and scale.

Will your screen printing come off in the wash?

Even if your custom shirt or garment is for a one-day special event, you want to be able to wash and wear it many times again. By using high quality ink, and an advanced printing, drying, and curing process—we guarantee that your ink will stay put. No peeling, fading, or cracking!

Do you only print t-shirts?

T-shirts are certainly our most in-demand garment, but we have a long list of garments and apparel that can be silk screen printed. From sweatshirts, to hoodies, hats, sweatpants, towels, fitted t-shirts, totes, and more!

Will you flash your prints on dark color garments?

Quality and superior customer service are the foundation of our business, which is why we are committed to the most advanced printing practices in the industry. So yes, we always flash prints on dark color garments. We 100% guarantee satisfaction for every order we ship.

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