Screen Printing T-Shirts And School Spirit-wear For Brooklyn Schools

Screen Printing For Brooklyn Schools:

“School Spirit” apparel has become a staple to most schools located in Brooklyn. They promote unity amongst the student body and are a great

way for schools to raise funds. When is comes to creating school spirit wear you have to always be aware of one key component, Colors. School colors are what differentiate them from each other. The aesthetic for each school can vary from colorful mascots to single color phrases. School shirts are not limited to just Fundraising. There are various occasions when you can show School Spirit. Sports Teams and School Plays can benefit from a touch of unity.
screen printing brooklyn nyAs a Screen Printing company located in Brooklyn we have worked on a lot of School Spirit Designs. We have worked with Various Schools. Including P.S. 214, P.S. 236, I.S. 281 and Mark Twain Middle School to name a few. You will find no better loyalty in a client then working with schools.

screen printing nyc The work we recently did for P.S. 214 involved Heather grey and Red Raglans. We did a matching red for the front and back. The front was the school name arched. With Raglans I find the arch effect helps to center the piece. If you were to do text straight then you would need to be
very conscience of placement. With the arched type you just have to center the top of the arch and you have the image perfectly centered.
The back of these raglans had each student’s name.

Now that winter is coming we have retired most of the t-shirts here in Brooklyn. Hoodies and Sweaters are increasing in demand. For P.S. 236 we have done for them a full graphic front. With Hoodies is is a good Idea to hit the white multiple times. This helps to keep the print smooth and remove any opacity. This design came out very smooth. You often see a large screen printing surge foscreen printing nycr T-shirts right as summer hits and then for Hoodies right around the beginning of fall. So if you stock-up you can plan for that. Some schools do prefer to use a scholarly approach to there “School Spirit”, we have worked with a few schools that like to parody popular designs.

For Mark Twain Middle School we did a design based off of a Popular Run DMC Shirt. The humor in this is that they used RUN CMD. Which if you are as digitally inclined you know is a computer command to bring up the coding menu. The staff had a blast with this one.

If you work for a school and looking for a t-shirt printing company in Brooklyn NYC, we’re here to help!

 

Screen Printing T-Shirts & Hoodies For Companies In Brooklyn

Screen Printing T-Shirts & Hoodies For Companies Around Brooklyn

Brooklyn is an interesting city, there is so much that goes on here and this is why we love that our screen printing shop is located in Brooklyn. Here at our screen printing shop we meet new people and print jobs for various businesses every day, and we love doing so! One of the best benefits to working in Brooklyn is the diversity of the companies we are able to work with, from contractors, to gyms to sports clubs. We have recently completed two jobs, which we are proud of, for the Aviator Sports Club and Harbor Fitness.

Aviator Sports Club is a complex located on Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn New York that kids and adults come to play basketball, football, ice hockey, soccer and many other sports. They also have a youth camp during the summer and plenty of after school activities during the week. Growing up, I always wen to The Aviator, whether it was to play basketball, or just ice skate. Even my high school senior day trip started off at The Aviator, which was lots of fun with all of my classmates. The shirts and hoodies we screen printed for them are pretty basic and not what excited me, a logo in white ink on the left chest and a STAFF in block font screen printed on the back. What excited me was that I was able to work with a client that has been in my life since such a young age.

screen printing brooklyn gym Harbor Fitness, on the other hand, is screen printing brooklyn gyma gym with multiple locations all over Brooklyn. They have locations inPark Slope, Marine Park, Bay Ridge and Mill Basin and are the new leaders in the gym industry. They are celebrating their 25 year anniversary this year which calls for some new custom printed hoodies. We recently screen printed for them hoodies and sweatshirts with a cool 25 year anniversary Harbor Fitness logo on front and an American Flag/Barbell combination on back. As you can see in the image to the right, this is a pretty sweet hoodie and to be honest I would wear it myself. What’s cool about screen printing for Harbor Fitness is that they are located in Brooklyn and all of their merchandise reflects that. Just like our catchphrase is “Brooklyn Screen Printing” their’s is “Brooklyn’s Gym” – representing the Brooklyn borough.

We love to print new jobs and meet new clients day to day, so if you are from Brooklyn and searching online for “screen printing company near me“. Stop searching, you arrived to the right place. our friendly staff and experienced screen printers are here to get the job done for you in a timely manner. Customers service, high quality printing and quick turn around time is our priority!

Promotional T-Shirt Used For Advertising

Did you recently open a new company, business, or startup? Are you looking for a way to get your name out there?
We’ll what I always suggest to my customers is free branded giveaways and what better to give out than a custom t shirt printed with your logo on it. I always tell my customers, customized t-shirts are like a walking billboard. Imagine you print up 50 shirts and hand them out to people over 50 cities. Now every time that person will walk around that city, your company is being advertised. Now take that and multiply it by the 50 people you gave those t-shirts to, you now have exposure in over 50 (moving) locations!
Now the question is what type of shirt should you get? Should you spend tons of money and get a great quality t-shirt? Pr should you pick the simplest shirt with the most basic print in order to save money? We’ll here is my suggestion, in simple words save money! But it’s a bit more complicated than that. On the one hand you want to save all the money you can – this way you can order the most possible shirts which will allow you to gain the most possible exposure. But on the other hand, you want to get some good quality t-shirts in order to keep your brand reputation up and have people notice your brand. So I think it’s best to choose a good brand shirt that is still affordable, something like the Anvil 980. This shirt is made of a soft style ring spun cotton, this gives off a very soft feeling to the shirt. It also has a very European cut, where the shirt hugs the body rather than being a boxy cut. Then I would print just a single color imprint on both sides of the shirt. This would give off advertisement in the front and rear of the shirt as well.
Hope this helps!
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Should I Spend The Extra Money On a Softer Better Shirt

When ordering custom shirts customers are always asking for better quality shirts as well as many other questions. But is it really worth it to invest in a better types of garments? The answer to this is really that it depends on what the shirts are being used for.

If you are ordering the t-shirts as a promotional giveaway in effort to advertise your business, then of course the less money spent for the most exposure the better. Therefore pick the cheapest shirt with the least amount of ink colors bring printed on it and save yourself some money. T-shirts are a walk billboard, so regardless of whether or not the shirts are rough, soft, big, or small your message will still get across.

Now if you are trying to start a clothing line or looking to order garments for your retail store, I would definitely suggest to go with a higher quality shirt. At the end of the day we’re all in it to make money, so it is important to look at the numbers associated with the shirts. A customer comes in and places an order for a basic Gildan t-shirt with a 1-color front imprint and tag print on the inside neck area. He pays just about $7-$9 per each t-shirt and can probably retail it for $15, maybe $20 if the brand is already built and there is a demand for the product. On the other hand, take for example a Next Level Apparel or Bella Canvas t-shirt with the same 1-color front and tag print on the inner neck area. You might end up paying closer to $9-$11, but the retail markup is higher because the shirt is a much better and softer feeling shirt. The end user would actually pay more for a higher quality garment, probably around $23-$30 depending on the brand. So in essence, if you are an owner of a retail store, clothing line, or trying to start a line I would most defiantly suggest to try either a Next Level Apparel shirt, or Bella Canvas shirt.

Next time you stop by your local screen printing company, ask them to show you a Next Level Apparel t-shirt and you will see what I mean.

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Printing Images On T-Shirts – Can You Do It?

The simple answer to this question is YES, if the price is right we can do anything! But I will briefly explain the process and suggest what I would do in this case.

If you take a look at a picture you will notice there are an enormous amount of colors in the picture. That is because the picture is printed using a CMYK printer which really just prints dots in either Cyan, Magenta, Yellow & Black and tricks your eyes into believing there are plenty of colors. This same process can also be done to print images onto t-shirts and other garments.

CMYK Screen PrintingCMYK printing works by arranging the 4 basic colors in different patterns to give an illusion of various different colors. In screen printing it would require 4 screens with a 305 mesh count on them as well as a very accurate registration system. If one of the colors are just the slightest bit off, the print will look way off. In addition, the artwork would need to be separated properly in photoshop with each color in a different halftone angle. This is a long and tedious process, which is why we tell our customers that we require at least 100 shirts ordered for CMYK printing.

Halftone Screen printingWhat I normally suggest to customers is taking the image and converting it into black and white, allowing us to print it in one color with halftones on either a black shirt, or white shirt. The photo can still look realistic, but the process is by far much easier than CMYK printing. What we do is convert the photo into greyscale in Photoshop, then bitmap it into halftones and burn it onto a screen. The halftone comes out onto the screen in the shapes of dots, and the closer the dots are to one another the darker the print will be. As the dots start to further themselves from one another the lighter the print will be, which will allow the shirt color to come through and display the image.

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Questions & Answers: Ordering Custom Printed Apparel

Making money is tough so I always think twice about spending my money. When ordering custom shirts you want to be assured you are going with the right screen printing company – this way your money doesn’t go to waste. Here are some questions an answers we generally hear from our customers when they place an order:

Can I print only 1 shirt? I want to show it around and you will defiantly get another order from me…

Quite simply the answer is no, which is the same answer you will find in most screen printing shops. The reason is because screen printing is a process that is designed to print garments in bulk. Rarely do I ever hear of shops printing 1-6 shirts, especially on multi color jobs. A lot more than just “printing the shirt” goes into making a t-shirt. In fact it involves every part of the printing operation from the screen maker, to the artists to the screen printer.

I want to print a light color ink on a dark colored garment…

To achieve this we are required to add an underbase to the job. This means we actually make a whole other screen just for white ink which is laid down underneath any color. This is required for printing all light color inks on dark colored shirts, for example red ink on black shirts. This will also increase the price by an additional screen and additional print color.

Can I come pick up my order later today?

Contrary to the common belief, most orders are not printed on the same day. To begin, the printing shop will need to order the goods. Whether its a warehouse in New Jersey, New York or Chicago the goods will still take 1-3 days to arrive. Once the goods come in they need to be sorted and prepped for printing. In the meantime the artist needs to prep artwork and the screen maker needs to make screens. These are all processes that take time, therefore jobs take 7-10 days to be completed.

Can you print over the seams? Maybe over the front pocket of a hoodie?

In order to achieve a perfect screen print, the surface being printed must be an even surface. When printing over a seam, or a raised surface the ink generally ends up blotchy and caked up. But the customer is always right and we never say no to our customers. So after letting the customer know that we are not responsible for damages in this case, we will print over seams.

I only have a JPEG file, will this work?

Generally speaking, as long as the file is made of high resolution (300dpi) and not made of plenty of colors we can work with the file. But to achieve a perfect print it is recommended to use a vector file.

Can I supply my own garments? Or do I have to use yours?

Every screen printing shop varies with this. Our shop allows customer to provide their own garments, but we charge a surcharge and warn the customers that we are not responsible for damages.

Hope these Q&A help when you are ready to make an order for some custom tees and remember if you are looking for a screen printing company in Brooklyn, were here to serve!

Understanding The Fabrics That Make Our T-Shirts

What kind of shirts wont shrink? What type of material will allow my body to breathe? Which is the softest material?These are all questions that come about when deciding what type of t-shirts to order. There are plenty of different t-shirts out on the market – some made of cotton and others of polyester, but which is the best? This really all depends on the purpose of the shirts.

Gildan T-ShirtIf the shirts would be used for promotional purposes, chances are you would want to give them the cheapest shirts possible. This way your still able to get your message across with spending the least amount of money as possible. For a promotional job I would suggest using 100% Cotton 5-6 oz t-shirts, something like the Delta 11730 or Gildan 5000. These shirts are affordable in price, come in various sizes and somewhat long lasting. The downside with these shirts is how much they shrink when put through wash cycles. But then again what the heck, these shirts will most probably be worn once and then used as Pajamas.

Gildan Dryblend Another common used t-shirt material would be a 50/50 blend, that is 50% cotton and 50% polyester. These types of shirts are generally ordered by sports organizations and contractors because the fabric allows the body to breathe. The upside of these shirts is that they shrink less than the cotton tees – since they are made of up 50% synthetic material (polyester), they tend to shrink less than the basic t-shirts. Some sports teams and organizations even go for 100% Polyester moisture wicking shirts, which keep the body cool and absorb the persons sweat.

Bella TriblendFinally, a little bit more expensive and my personal favorite fabric, is the Triblend material. This is made up of 3 materials – cotton, polyester and rayon, hence the name TRI blend. Most of these feel silk smooth on the body, I suppose this is due to the rayon material and the combed finish. These are a bit trickier to print, since each of the material has a different burning temperature and ink curing temperature. In order to print the printer needs to find a “sweet spot” where the ink cures, but the garments don’t burn. Another thing to mention is the garments most often look heather, this is the old vintage look that you see on shirts.

Deciding on which fabric should be pretty simple, but your local screen printer should always be able to point you in the right direction and make suggestions for you.

The Best Tips For Starting Your Own Clothing Line

252 ApparelAre you up for starting your own line of T-Shirts? Possibly hoodies and other items? Do you think you have what it takes? It seems all simple and easy from the outside, but going into the new venture without a too much of a clue of what’s going on might really hurt your pockets.

252 Brand T-ShirtsStarting a clothing line consists of a few different steps. To begin, you have to develop art, or a product that is in demand and customers would be willing to buy. For example, coming up with artwork such as the name brand of your line and printing them on basic tee’s will probably not be in high demand. This is because no one knowns who your are and what your brand is, face it your brand is not famous yet. The better way to approach is to follow the trend and give people what they want, like hemmed bottom shirts with skull prints along the front. Or better yet, follow celebrities on their Instagram and Twitter account, that will surely give you a lot of ideas. I have found that for your line, 252 Apparel, the best selling items are shirts the ones thats are based off of Kanye West. He is seen wearing Metallica shirts with bleach stains on them, so we design Metallica style t-shirts and add them to our line.

Furthermore you will need to come up with a channel of distribution to which you will be selling this line to. I can’t even begin to the tell you the amount of times customers come into our shop with an “new” clothing line that have no idea how they will be selling their products. You do not want to spend money working on designs and ordering merchandise without having a direction of where this will sell. Your best bet is to contact some local retail shops and ask them if they would be willing to sell your clothing on consignment. This would allow you to both test if your product is a good one as well as get your brand name out onto the market.

The next step would be to now come up with an appropriate name brand and logo. Try to think of something catchy that people will remember, but not to “heavy” where it will not be appropriate for branding. We based ours off of an area code where one of our owners live, 252 Apparel.

Finally you will need to find a trustworthy and reliable screen printing company who can handle your orders no matter how busy you are. You don’t want to start taking in orders and not be able to have them printed because your printer is “too busy” for your order. It is crucial to keep your quality at its best, after all that is how you will your customers will keep coming back!

Screen Printing – How to make sure ink will not come off in the wash

The most common question and concern we get from our customers is “how do I know this wont come off in the wash?”, or “Please use the good ink, the last printer didn’t and the ink came off in the wash”. Little do they know, this has nothing to do with using good inks, bad ink or different brand inks. What they don’t know is the issue of ink peeling is off is directly related to how the garment is cured.

screen printingCuring inks is the process at which the plastisol ink, made of of PVC and plasticizer, is chemically bonded to the natural garment fibers. This process is also sometimes called fusion. The way to to cure inks is generally the same on almost all types of plastisol inks, heat the ink up (on all layers) to about 325-350 degrees Fahrenheit using a conveyor dryer. At this temperature a chemical reaction occurs which fuses, or bonds the ink into the fibers of the garments and permanently secures the ink onto the garments. Once this chemical reaction takes place and the ink is considered “cured” it would be nearly impossible for the ink to comes off in the wash, peel off or scratched off the shirt.

screen printingThere are two major tests which most screen printers use in order to determine if plastisol ink is cured. The first and most common method used is what screen printers call the “stretch test”. The stretch test consists of the print-master running the shirt through the conveyor dryer and let them cool off for a bit. Once the shirt is cooled off the print-master stretches the fabric just enough so that the ink can stretch as well. If the ink cracks more than 20% it means that the ink is not cured and most defiantly will come off in the washing machine.

The second and least common test would be to run the shirt through a few washing machine cycles. Ink that is not cured will come off within the first 1-2 cycles, but if the ink stays on the shirt and does not crack – you are good to go.

When a customer orders his/her batch of customized garments, they always want to be assured that their money is not going to waste. Many times they ask about the ink coming off in the wash and it is smart to educate them and inform them of how you dry your shirts. Also it would be a good idea to show them samples of previous items printed which were put through multiple wash cycles and stretch tested.  This will give them the reassurance needed to trust you as their local screen printing company.

The Process Of Ordering Custom T-Shirts

Over the course of the last decade the process of printing t-shirts has become easier and easier. This is largely due to the fact that technology has evolved and advanced making it easier to make shirts.

t-shirt printing brooklyn  Whether you are ordering custom t shirts online or walking into a local screen printing shop – the first step will be to decide what exactly you are looking for. I cant even begin to tell you how many times customers walk into our shop inquiring about orders printed garments who don’t even know what they are looking for. You can order t-shirts and other promotional items for various reasons such as Bar/Bat Mitzvah giveaways, company uniforms and school uniforms.

The next step, and probably the most important step, would be to design and prepare the artwork to be printed on the garments. The reason I say this is the most important step is because without proper artwork you can not achieve perfect screen printing. For example, artwork downloaded in a JPEG format off of the internet is most often only 72 dpi (dots per inch), which would make the art very pixilated and this would be reflected in the final print. The proper way to send your artwork is in a vector format such as AI, PSD, EPS and PDF, using 300 dots per inch.

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After sending the artwork and placing the order, the final steps are taken place by the screen printing company. These steps would be to first color separate the artwork and print them into films. These films are then used to burn screens, since screen printing requires a screen for ever color in every design. Once the screens are burned, the press operator then dries the screens and tapes up the edges – in order to avoid and ink leaking out. He then sets up the screens on the press and aligns each screen in order to assure that the print comes out in the desired place and centered. He/she then loads ink into each screens and starts printing shirts and running them through the dryer. Shirts are then folded, boxed and your order is ready!

Ordering t-shirts from your local screen printing company should be a simple and efficient process since t-shirts are a particularly  common item. screen printing shop near me