Little known, but extremely important facts about printing
Innie or Outie?
This information is optional for Alternative Apparel garments.
Here are a few things you need to keep in mind if you're printing on lighter color shirts.
Using darker colors in your label design will result in your label being seen on the other side of the shirt.
Be aware of the color combinations – make sure your brand is clearly visible on the product.
Ribs with that order?
Some garments such as Racerbacks, Crop Ts, and Onesies are ribbed. Ribbed garments are more form-fitting and provide a little more stretch, which may be flattering to the person wearing them, but can be problematic when printing on them.
The problem with ribbed garments is that the ribs are raised. When a ribbed garment is stretched out the ribs usually even out with the rest of the garment.
When they are printed, ribbed garments are not stretched causing ink to only print on the tops of the ribs, so as the ribbed garment is worn the print will stretch and reveal these gaps.
As the saying goes, “No Garment is Perfect.”
Garments are as unique as you and me. Garments are not like other products that are made by machines. Shirts, sweaters, hoodies, etc, are all sewn together by human hands and it’s because of this Human element that variations in the garments may occur.
For example, two shirts of the same size, may actually be cut and sewn differently causing a slight variations in actual size. This also goes for Hoodie pockets and seams. We try to inspect each shirt for obvious variations and/or defects due to the garment’s manufacturing, but sometimes these issues slip through our hands. If you receive any garments that you are not 100% satisfied with due to rips, holes, or inconsistent seams, please let us know and we will work with you to correct the problem.
Old School vs New School
In order to be able to offer you the on-demand printing services that we do, we’ve had to bring garment printing into the 21st century with Direct to Garment technology. For larger bulk orders we still revert back to traditional Silk Screening methods. Each method yields great, long lasting, results, but there are some differences to be noted between the two.
- Eco-Friendly Water-Based Inks
- Softer feel
- Unlimited color usage and greater detailed prints
- One-off printing
- No setup fees
Silk Screen Printing
- Vibrant Opaque Plastisol Ink
- Greater Volume Discounts
- Best for bulk orders
- Wider range of printable fabrics