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Screen Printing Ordering Information

SCREEN PRINTING is the process of decorating a material with a stenciled design by forcing ink through a mesh screen, transferring the design from the screen onto the material. Traditionally the design stencils were hand cut or painted, but today the screens are coated with a photo emulsion which creates a negative image from the design transparency when exposed to UV light. The term "silk-screening" comes from the silk mesh that was originally used on the screens, but today's screens use a polyester mesh on a wooden or aluminum frame. Each color is printed one-at-a-time from a separate screen, either by a person holding a squeegee in the case of a manual printing press, or by a machine which pulls the squeegee in the case of an automatic printing press.

$$$ - Pricing is based on the number of colors in your design. Printing on dark colored items is more expensive because it requires a white base coat in most cases.

PROS - The size of the design doesn't effect the cost, so it's an economical choice for large designs like you find on t-shirts and jackets. Fine detail, small letters, color blends and shading are no problem and 4 color process printing gives the illusion of a full color photo on white shirts.

CONS - Designs with 4 or more colors can get expensive, especially on dark colored garments. We can't screen print on polar fleece, caps or most towels.


MINIMUM ORDER

  • 12 piece minimum to print up to 2-colors on 1-side or 1-color front & back
  • 24 piece minimum to print 2-colors on 2-sides
  • 36 piece minimum to print up to 4-colors on each side
  • 72 piece minimum to print up to 6-colors on each side
  • 72 piece minimum to print full color process on white only
  • 36 piece minimum for contract printing

Embroidery Ordering Information

EMBROIDERY is the process of decorating a material with a stitched design using a needle and thread. Traditionally this was done by hand, but modern embroidery is done with large multi-needle sewing machines which use high tech software. DIGITIZING is the process of converting a design to a stitch format that will run on an embroidery machine.

$$$ - Pricing is based on the stitch count, which is determined by the size and complexity of your design. Embroidery is generally more expensive than screen printing.

PROS - Embroidery has more upscale appeal than screen printing, making it the most popular choice for corporate apparel like golf shirts, denim and oxford shirts. You can embroider on items like caps, towels and polar fleece that can't be screen printed. It's also more economical for small designs with a lot of colors.

CONS - Embroidery cannot capture fine detail or very small letters and it's difficult to achieve color blends or shading. Large or complicated designs can be very expensive.

No minimums needed for embroidery

General Information

  • Turnaround - Orders are generally completed in two (2) weeks.
  • Rush Service - Most orders can be completed faster for an additional fee. Call for details.
  • Payment Policy - For all new customers, we require a 50% deposit at the time the order is placed, and the balance upon completion. Other terms may be available for repeat customers at our discretion. Acceptable methods of payment are Cash, Check (No third party or post-dated checks please!), Mastercard or Visa. In some cases we will accept a purchase order or hold a credit card number in lieu of a deposit. We reserve the right to request payment in full up front.
  • Pick-up and Shipping - Completed orders can be picked up at our Store in Everett between the hours of 9:00 AM and 5:30 PM Monday through Friday. We do not deliver. You can arrange for a courier, or we can ship the order at your expense. Shipping is done by UPS Ground unless you request otherwise.
  • Price Quotes - Click on the menu tab and submit the online request form.
  • Digitizing is the process of converting a design into a stitch format that will run on the embroidery machine. This is necessary before the design can be embroidered. Pricing is based on the stitch count in your design.
  • Contract Printing or Embroidery means that you, the customer supply us with the items to be printed or embroidered. It is your responsibility to count and inspect any and all garments before and after they are decorated. We make every effort to return your garments in the condition that they were given to us. However, Screen Printing NW will not be held responsible for damage to garments which are not purchased from us. We do not replace garments or provide compensation in the unlikely event of a shortage for any reason. If you need an exact amount, you may wish to provide a few extra items to be safe.

Artwork for Screenprinting

  • General Information - Artwork can be 4 color process (CMYK) or up to 6 spot colors. Our in-house artists can work with your own design or create one for you from scratch.
  • Art Fees - We charge $50 per hour for new artwork creation or editing and we will be happy to provide an estimate. This does not include the screen set-up fee.
  • Hardcopy - We accept clean, crisp black & white artwork for single color designs. It may be hand drawn or computer generated, but it should be actual size. Black & White laser prints or pen & ink designs are best. Color prints, faxes, pencil drawings, ink jet prints or low resolution pixelated prints may be subject to Art Fees at $50 per hour.
  • Vector Graphics - This is the prefered electronic format. We use CorelDraw X6 in PC format and accept the following vector file types: CDR (X6 format), EPS, SVG, PDF. We recommend saving Adobe Illustrator files in EPS format.
  • Bitmap Graphics - We use Adobe Photoshop CS5 in PC format. Bitmap files should have a resolution of at least 300dpi at actual size. We accept the following file types for single color designs: PSD, TIF, PNG. We also accept full color designs in Photoshop format. Spot color bitmaps should be saved as PSD files with each color on a separate layer.
  • Color Matching - We offer a wide range of stock ink colors to choose from. We will mix custom colors or match Pantone PMS colors for $15 each.
  • Halftones - Normal halftones should be printed at 45dpi - 55dpi depending on size and detail.
  • Submitting Files - You can email most files directly to Screen Printing NW but some files may be too large (over 25MB) and can be submitted on a disc or portable hard drive or downloaded from a cloud storage site like dropbox

Artwork for Embroidery

  • General Information - In order to embroider a design, it must first be digitized. Digitizing is the process of converting a design into a stitch format that will run on the embroidery machine. Artwork can be up to 15 colors. Our in-house artists can work with your own design or create one for you from scratch.
  • Art Fees - We charge $50 per hour for new artwork creation or editing and we will be happy to provide an estimate. This does not include the digitizing fee.
  • Digitizing Fees - We charge a digitizing fee for new designs as well as changes on existing ones. Depending on the size and complexity of the design, this can range from a minimum of $30 to $150 or more, but you should expect to pay $50 to $75 for most designs.
  • Embroidery Files - If your design has been digitized or embroidered before, you can avoid paying for it again by supplying us with the digitized embroidery file. Acceptable formats are Outline Files (PXF, POF, PED, KWK), Stich Files (PSF, PCH) or Embroidery Machine Files (Barudan, Brother, Happy, Marco, Melco, Pfaff, Stellar, Tajima, Toyota and ZSK). We use Tajima DG/ML software by Pulse and a Tajima embroidery machine.
  • Hardcopy - We accept clean, crisp black & white artwork for single color designs. It may be hand drawn or computer generated, but it should be actual size. Black & White laser prints or pen & ink designs are best. Color prints, faxes, pencil drawings, ink jet prints or low resolution pixelated prints may be subject to Art Fees at $50 per hour.
  • Vector Graphics - This is the prefered electronic format. We use CorelDraw X6 in PC format and accept the following vector file types: CDR (X6 format), EPS, SVG, PDF. We recommend saving Adobe Illustrator files in EPS format.
  • Bitmap Graphics - We use Adobe Photoshop CS5 in PC format. Bitmap files should have a resolution of at least 300dpi at actual size. We accept the following file types for single color designs: PSD, TIF, PNG.
  • Color Matching - We offer a wide range of standard thread colors to choose from. We will order custom colors or match Pantone PMS colors for $15 each.
  • Small Letters - Lettering should not be smaller than 1/4" in height. Smaller letters are possible in some cases, depending on the material and the letter style, but we cannot guarantee the results.
  • Submitting Files - You can email most files directly to Screen Printing NW  but some files may be too large (over 25MB) and can be submitted on a disc or portable hard drive or downloaded from a cloud storage site like dropbox