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Design Services

Screen Printing:

Ideal for Bulk/Group Orders, Specific Color Matching, Larger Variety of Products

Screen printing is probably what you think of when you think about t-shirt printing. It's the traditional t-shirt printing method in which each color in a design is separated out and burned to individual fine-mesh screens. Ink is then transferred to the shirt through the screen. Teams, organizations, and businesses usually opt for screen printing because it's extremely cost-effective for printing large custom apparel orders.

At Alma Mater, we use high-quality Silk Screen Printing Process. These prints are very durable and you will have no problem of them wearing off, unless you iron across it.

How screen printing works: The first thing we do is separate out the colors in your logo or design using graphic software. A mesh stencil (screen) is then created for each color in the design. To create the stencil, we begin by coating the fine mesh screen with an emulsion. Once dried, we "burn" the artwork into the screen by exposing it to a bright light. We now have a screen for each color in the design which are then used as stencils for printing onto the product.

Now that we have our screens we need our ink. Similar to what you’d see in a paint store, ink is mixed for each color in the design. Screen printing allows for much more exact color matching than other print methods. Ink is placed on its appropriate screen and then we squeeze ink through the mesh screen onto the shirt. The colors are layered on top of one another to create the final design. The final step involves running your shirt through a large dryer to "cure" the ink and prevent it from washing out

Why Choose Screen Printing:

Screen printing is the perfect print method for large orders, unique products, prints requiring vibrant or specialty inks, or color matching specific Pantone values. Screen printing has fewer limitations as to what products and materials can be printed on. The fast run times can make it a very economical option for large orders. However, the labor intensive setup can make it expensive for small runs.

Digital Printing:

Ideal for small quantity. Can print gradient colors on the T-shirts, quick turn around time. Direct to garment printing is the state-of-the-art process we use for items that require high amounts of detail as well as orders of a smaller quantity. We can print a shirt with much greater detail than traditional screen printing can provide.

The cost per print is higher than the screen printing, but due to very low setup costs, at Alma Mater, we can provide the digital Printing at a very affordable cost.

How Digital Printing Works?

The Sticker is printed of the product you have designed and placed on the product.

Once the sticker is properly placed, the product is placed under the high temperature sublimation machine where the sticker is imposed on the apparel and forms an integral part of the tshirt.

Embroidery:

Embroidery is the process of sewing a design on fabric or other materials using a needle to apply thread or yarn.

How does it work?

Alma Mater offer the classic embroidery services where the Tshirt, hoodies, caps can be embroidered with the help of advanced techniques. Embroidery is an age-old process of weaving a design onto fabric using a thread and needle. Today, instead of someone actually sewing a design by hand, a digital file is created that tells a machine how and where to put each stitch. Embroidery works best with simple, low color count logos or artwork. Photographs and artwork with fine detail or small lettering usually can not be embroidered. We'll be sure to contact you if this is the case and recommend ways we can alter your design or suggest other alternatives.