How should I provide my artwork?
Please email your artwork to us. If it's a very large file you may like to send it by WeTransfer. There are more artwork guidelines and information on the file type under the Resources section.
What is colour separation?
For screen printing, every colour is printed separately. The artwork has to be split into its constituent colours so that a screen can be made for each colour. Each ink colour is then pressed through its screen.
How can I perform colour separation?
We would usually do this for you. If there are a lot of similar tones, it may be easier if you can send a layered file, so that it’s easy to distinguish between the colours.
How many colours can I have in my design?
For screen printing we use a seven-station carousel and can print 6-7 colours including fluoro and metallic inks. Digital printing can be full colour but not fluoro or metallic.
Is it possible to print over seams?
We can print over seams but we prefer not to, as print quality is affected if the print area is not completely flat. We don’t generally print right up to seams or hems for the same reason.
When should a high resolution (90T) screen be used?
We use different resolution screens for paper printing and for textile printing. For paper printing we usually use 90T (90 threads per cm) screens, and occasionally 120T screens for very fine detail and thinner ink coverage. For textile prints we usually use 43T screens but also use 55T, 62T and 77T screens for very fine detail, printing onto a layer of ink and for CMYK prints. Don’t worry about this though – it’s our job to choose the best screen resolution for the job. Bear in mind, though, that you cannot use the same screen for printing onto paper and textiles.
Is it possible to screen print a photographic image?
Absolutely, digital printing is perfect for this and is usually the best way to recreate photographic imagery. Some people prefer their work to be screen printed and we can also screen print photographic images using process colours, recreating the image as a series of dots in CMYK. Some images work better than others so it’s best to email us the image for further advice.
Can you screen print images with a gradient?
For screen printing we can only print one colour per screen. However, a gradient can be recreated as a halftone (a series of dots like old newspaper prints). This works well for high contrast images but not so well for subtle shades and large areas of one shade. If you have an image and you’d like us to advise as to whether it would be suitable for printing in this way, please email us.
Digital printing is particularly well suited to this.
How can an image that has shaded areas be altered for screen printing?
The image has to be bitmapped and a half tone created. This is generally done in Photoshop. We can offer advice, or do this for you.
Can you create a distressed, vintage look?
Yes. The original artwork is altered to look distressed. We recommend one coat of ink, rather than two (for screen printing) You can request that we add some extender in the print to make it a bit more translucent, if you want your print to look slightly faded.
How do I specify what colour I want?
You can choose from one of our ‘standard colours’ or, if there’s a specific colours that you’d like us to match please specify a Pantone reference or send a hard copy. Alternatively, we can match the ink colour to your artwork on the computer screen using the closest Pantone match, but this will not be an exact match.