TECHNICAL EXPENSES IN SERIGRAPHY
The most used stamping technique in our workshop is undoubtedly screen printing. The results are always excellent, thanks to the careful process we follow so that the textile customization is perfect. :)
From the moment you send us the design until the personalized t-shirts reach your hands there are a series of steps in textile screen printing that we call technical expenses.
These expenses are divided into retouching and models + photoliths and screens + inks + screen recovery = € 35 per color and € 70 in XL screen printing.
1.- Retouching and mockups
So that the designs you send us can be stamped on textile items, they must first go through our graphic designers. They take care of the touch-ups, separation by colors and necessary modifications to adapt them to screen printing.
We offer our clients virtual models to confirm stamping positions, approximate colors of the garments and pantones. In addition, we modify them if necessary.
2.- Photoliths and serigraphy screens
If your design has, for example, 2 colors, our designers will have to make 2 photoliths - on transparent acetate paper - which will later be used to prepare the 2 silkscreen screens that will be used in the stamping. It is a pinpoint task and requires great precision!
3.- The creation of inks
There are no exact pantones for textiles, so our color experts mix base inks and different pigments by hand to achieve the pantone required by our customers. We are currently working with a 98% loyalty.
4.- The stamping and recovery of screens
It's time to customize, and to do this, the screens must be mounted on the screen printing machines and inked. After stamping, we wash and recover all the screens for a new use.
In case of repeat orders, we charge only a part of the technical expenses: we keep the photoliths for up to 5 years in our workshop, but not the mounted screens, since it would be unfeasible due to space issues.
Therefore, to repeat an order we must re-prepare the screens and inks.
Repetitions cost: € 15 per color for normal screen printing / € 35 for XL screen printing.
Sometimes our clients choose to print the same design on different colored shirts, and to improve the contrast of the design an ink change is required. In this case, the screen must be cleaned, the ink prepared and changed.
The minimum order for ink change is 10 units per ink color.
Ink change cost: € 15 / color.
TECHNICAL EXPENSES DIGITAL PRINTING
Unlike screen printing, DTG direct printing does not require the creation of photoliths or screens, but it does require several technical processes that we detail below:
1.- Realization of the model
We create a virtual model (mockup) so that you can see the approximate position and size of your design on the garment.
2.- Design adjustments
Eventually, if the file requires it, our designers adapt the size, add texts, retouch colors, etc.
3.- Image preparation
Once they give us the ok to the model we prepare the file to print with Kornit. We clean the document if necessary, and prepare the white base so that the touch of the ink is as discreet and breathable as possible, preserving a good print quality.
We open the file with our Kornit Avalanche printer and decide which ink setting is the best for each type of garment. The settings vary depending on whether we print on t-shirts, polo shirts, sweatshirts, bags, the color of the garment, etc.