WHAT IS SCREEN PRINTING
Screen printing is the process where stencils are created based on your design. Each color in your design has it’s own screen. Specialty inks are then used to print onto the garment through these screens. At UrbanFly Apparel, we work with many organizations, schools, camps, fundraisers and businesses to bring your creative ideas to life.
QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
Pricing listed reflects the print cost only and is per print location.
Begin by determining the quantity you will need for your order. Next, choose the amount of colors in your logo to be printed.
Example: If your logo has two (2) colors to be printed on the front of the shirt and one (1) color logo for the back of the garment, you can calculate the print cost as follows:
If you require 36 t-shirts, locate on the price grid the print cost based on that quantity.
- 2 color logo for the front: $5.81*
- 1 color logo for the back: $3.86*
Finally, choose the type of garment you would like. For this example, we will be using our most popular tee priced at $2.49/ea.
Printing Cost would be $9.67 + Shirt Cost $2.49 = $12.16/ea.
*Note: For dark garments, add an additional print color to your design as dark color garments require a white underbase represented by an additional print color.
Unfortunately, we can not accept orders placed over the phone. There is a lot of information that needs to be obtained in order to provide you with an accurate quote. We prefer you complete our quote request form to ensure we understand your printing needs. This also creates an accurate history during the ordering process.
However, you are certainly welcomed to call, message or email us with any questions you may have. We are always happy to assist you.
WHAT AFFECTS PRICING
Each color has it’s own screen (stencil). The more colors in your design, the more screens have to be created. Example – if you have a three (3) color logo to be printed on the front of a shirt, then three (3) screens/stencils have to be created for the front print.
2: PRINT LOCATIONS
Each print location have their own screens (stencils) as well. The more colors to each print location, the more screens have to be created. This is why screen printers always ask about the total colors in your design. Without having that information, it is virtually impossible to provide you with a quote.
3: GARMENT SELECTION
The type of garment you select will greatly affect pricing. There are hundreds of different types of garments to choose from ranging from budget t-shirts to premium quality fabrics. Please note, dark/colored fabrics require an underbase, which adds an additional color to your design.
Example – if you have a two (2) color logo to be printed on a dark garment, it is now a three (3) color logo.
Pricing is quantity driven – meaning, the more you order, the more you save. As you order in larger quantities, you benefit significantly from the price breaks put in place.
When screen printing on dark colored garments, the inks tend to blend into the fabric, leaving a dull, faded print. In order to achieve brilliant colors and good print quality, a white underbase is first screened onto the garment and all colors in your design are printed on top of the underbase. This is how screen printing is performed on dark colored garments.
So how does this affect pricing? If you are selecting a dark colored garment for print, to accommodate for an underbase, an additional “print color” is added to your design. This is why with all screen printers, printing on darker garments costs more compared to printing on white or light colored fabrics.
In the below example, we are screen printing a two (2) color logo onto a dark garment. Since it is a dark colored fabric, it would require an underbase. So our two (2) color print now becomes a three (3) color print order (2 colors + underbase).
Every order will receive an online proof for customer approval. When viewing online proofs, please keep in mind these are computer generated versions of the overall layout and the finished product may look slightly different. The proof is to reference logo placement and to view colors selected for print. Everyone’s monitor /screen will display the colors in the proof slightly different. It is the customer’s responsibility to view the proof in it’s entirety and check for any errors. Once approved, changes can not be made to the design or layout.
Also, the type of garment, blend and color all affect the final print color. This is normal and we try our best to counter act this whenever possible.
Below are our standard print colors.
For printing on dark garments, an underbase is required which adds one additional color to your design. Example: if your logo has two colors and is to be printed on dark apparel, it becomes a three (3) color logo.
Please keep in mind – the colors on the chart are for reference only as everyone’s monitor and/or printer will display these colors a bit differently.
Also, there are several factors that could affect the final print such as apparel color and the type of fabric printing on. This is normal and we try to counter act this as much as possible. In general, colors are more vibrant on lighter colored garments.
For specialty inks and colors not listed on our standard color pallet, there is a custom PMS charge of $30 per color request. If you have a specific PMS color match, it is the customer’s responsibility to notify UrbanFly Apparel or your project manager during the ordering/quote process.
Specialty fabrics such as 100% polyester, mesh and nylon require special preparation and inks to obtain a high quality print. For this type of printing, there is an additional charge of 25% to print price (bags and t-shirts).
For nylon jackets, quantities less than 12 pcs: left chest print, there is an additional $3/per color. Full back print is $4/color. For quantities greater than 12 pcs, add 50% to printing cost.
Specialty Print Locations
Certain print locations, such as vertical sleeve or leg require an addition charge of 50% to print cost.
Specialty inks including glitter, puff, water based ink, discharge, reflective and polyester formulas have an additional charge and may affect production time slightly. Please inquire via a quote.
Add some personalization for just a few bucks more!
Below are the personalization options and pricing. Examples include name and credentials on a jacket or name and number on the back of a jersey. Pricing is for our standard vinyl. For specialty colors and materials, additional costs apply.
For left chest personalization, options include our standard heat applied vinyl availavble in several popular colors. A second option is our strip flock material, which as an embroidery/sued feel to it. This is also available in several popular colors. (see personalization materials in the next tab)
Professional Heat Applied Vinyl is use for many application for personalization including jackets, t-shirts and other apparel. Here are many popular colors we may carry.
Flock Material is an excellent alternative to embroidery or where you want to give your design some dimension. It has a soft, suede feel and comes in several popular colors.
SPOT COLOR AND HALF-TONED DESIGNS
Vectored based formatted artwork is preferred (Illustrator, vector EPS, vector PDF)
- Convert all text to outlines/curves.
- Convert all colors to spot colors and label with the appropriate print color using the Screen Print Color Chart as reference.
- Make sure stroke paths are a minimum of 4 points.
- Artwork is scaled to size (size it is to be printed).
Download Illustrator Templates if needed.
If you do not have vectored artwork
Follow these steps below to submit alternative formats. Please note, there is a $25 charge for our designers to convert your artwork into vector format.
- Use a professional design program such as Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator or Corel Draw to create your designs in CYMK color mode.
- Artwork must be a minimum resolution of 300 dpi, transparent background and scaled to size (the size to be printed).
- Separate all colors to their own layer and label with appropriate print colors using the Screen Print Color Chart as reference.
- Convert all text to smart objects or shapes.
- Submit artwork in PSD Format (we will also accept PNG, JPEG, PDF format).
Download Photoshop Templates if needed.
Note: We do not accept BMP, GIF, Word Documents or low quality images taken from the internet. As a rule – quality artwork yields a quality print. So take the time and invest in creating your artwork in hi-resolution.
FOR SIMULATED AND 4 COLOR PROCESS ARTWORK REQUIREMENTS, CONTACT US.
If you do not have a logo, we offer design service for a fraction of what other screen printers would charge. There is a lot of work that goes into creating an amazing design so pricing will depend on the complexity of your request.
Pricing listed on this page is for spot color printing. If you require Simulated or Process Printing, please contact us for a quote. Please note, customer must supply production ready artwork for this printing method as we do not offer design service for this due to the complexity of details.
Follow the care instructions to get the most out of your apparel. We suggest hang drying of all garments as placing items in the dryer causes the materials to fade and fray over time.
GET A QUOTE TO RECEIVE OUR BEST PRICING
After you receive your online quote and payment has been made, your order is moved into the design phase. Here is where our design team works on your logo. If you submitted hi-resolution artwork, we ensure it meets our quality standards to achieve the best print possible. If we are creating a logo, you will work with our designers to bring your creative ideas to life.
From there, you will receive an online proof of your design. We allow up to two (2) revisions without any additional charge. Once you approve the design, it’s off to production. Our production time is generally 7-10 business days – however, we strive to complete orders well within that time frame.
We make the ordering process easy. Tell us about your ideas and we will give you a fast quote with along with some tips to help save on costs.
We use quality, brand name high opacity inks which offer superior coverage, durability and amazing color. Our inks come in a variety of formulas to meet the needs of your order.
Ordering apparel should not be difficult. We have an online proof approval system in place so you can view and approve your project faster so we can print it.
Not only does the quantity of garments affect pricing, the number of colors in your design as well as the number of print locations will affect cost for your project.
We offer any add on services such as team lettering and numbering on apparel. From small leagues to organized sports, we have all your decorating needs.
HOW TO PLACE AN ORDER
Ordering is easy. First begin with browsing our site for apparel options. Once you have an idea of the type of apparel you would like, complete a quote request. Provide as much detail as possible.
Our design team will review the information you submitted and send you a quote via email. From there, you simply pay the invoice and we begin your order – starting with creating your logo.