Services – Screen Print
SWAG Northwest is your resource for custom screen printed apparel for your next event. Whether you want small runs or thousands for your business, school team or organization, you can count on us to deliver a high quality screen printing service.
ABOUT PRINTING WITH SWAG
- We will help your design come to life with multiple options available for printing and design.
- SWAG Northwest has invested in the latest technology to assure the highest quality.
- Our printers and designers are constantly researching and training to keep up with the latest trends and print methods.
- Whether your job is 24 pieces or 10,000 we put the same care and pride into blowing away your expectations.
- Prints range from single color up to full color.
- Quality control is top priority, We take extra care to make sure your order is correct before it leaves our shop.
Types Of Printing
Plastisol ink is the most common solution in the industry. Plastisol inks are the easiest material to store and set-up, contributing to a lower cost. These types of inks work well on natural fibers as well as synthetics and allow for the most consistent color-matching possible. You will find this type of print will tend to have a heavier “hand”. This means the print is slightly raised from the material and will be felt more than water-based printing.
Water-based inks are the softest prints possible. This creates a fashion-forward and very comfortable garment. You may find you can’t feel the print at all! Discharge additives are added on dark color clothing to first pull out the garment dye, then add in your design ink colors. Water based is a little more expensive due to the increased labor involved and doesn’t lend itself to color matching. Some things to consider when choosing your printing method.
Simulated process printing utilizes several layers of halftone dots to create a full color image. Jobs of this nature usually take somewhere from 5-8 screens for most full color designs. These prints tend to have a lighter hand-feel than standard spot-color printing.
Similar to Simulated process, CMYK printing uses four screens on light or white fabric to create the illusion of full color printing. Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black are layered with varying halftones in this case. This provides a cost-effective solution for more colorful prints, works best with illustration-style artwork as opposed to photo-realistic designs.
Metallic and Glitter
Metallic and Glitter prints use tiny flakes of metallic particles to create a shimmer effect. Popular colors are gold and silver. If you need a specific color we can layer glitter ink over a standard ink color for a unique effect. Note that glitter inks are very dense so it is best to avoid fine details in your design.
If you are going for a unique look, check with us on other possibilities. Mixed media such as transfer+printing and embroidery+printing can provide a next-level look. New inks are coming available all the time!