Screen printing is a great way to promote your branding or make an event truly memorable. It’s a popular way for businesses, organizations, or events to prolong their messaging through the life of the product. For this reason, it’s important to make sure your marketing dollars stretch as much as possible to create a quality screen printing product.
What makes a screen-printed t-shirt or hoodie durable? The quality of the top and the type of screen printing process applied makes all the difference between a short-lived product or a favorite long-loved fashion staple.
At Pennington Designs, we make creating the perfect screen printed apparel easy. With our in-stock samples of shirts, you can choose from a wide variety of blends, styles, and colors. Additionally, our shop offers various types of screen printing techniques to fit your needs. Plus, we come equipped with an in-house graphics team, ready to create custom graphics upon request. We oversee the quality at every stage of the process.
The prices of custom screen prints on T-shirts are quantity-based. This means the more you buy, the cheaper the price! Other factors that go into pricing include style or product type, number of colors being used, and where on the shirt is print is being placed.
We have hundreds of brands and styles to choose from! Visit us to see and feel samples and speak with one of our product consultants to find the right item for you. You may also browse our online catalog to view some of our many options.
We can print any size up to 15″ wide and 19″ tall. However, for standard shirt printing, we recommend you stay with a 13″ x 18″ area and sometimes even smaller depending on the style of the shirt. Our staff will be glad to help you determine what size will be right for you.
We offer various techniques like the standard Plastisol ideal for synthetic fabrics like Spandex and Nylon. For a soft and breathable effect, we suggest water-based inks. Looking for glow in the dark or solar color-changing ink? We have that too. We can guide you on the best ink to use for your project.
Plastisol is the most common ink used in apparel screen printing services and is the only screen printing service used to print synthetic fabrics like Polyester, Nylon, Spandex, and more. This is due to it being a thicker and more durable plastic-based ink that can withstand multiple washes and maintain maximum vibrancy long-term.
Rather than penetrating into the fabric like other types of water-based and discharge inks, plastisol has a textured feel on the shirt. However, these inks can be printed to feel super soft or more textured depending on the intended use. Plastisol printing is ideal for blended fabrics like 50/50 & 60/40.
For large graphics that are super soft and breathable, water-based printing is the ideal screen printing service to choose. Water-based inks are soft, smooth, and don’t leave a textured finish on the surface of shirts. It’s the standard for private clothing lines and retail t-shirt ventures due to its comfort and wear-ability.
Water-based inks and printing are ideal for cotton garments, but have varying yet awesome end results on other fabric types like 50/50 & 60/40, and other blended fabrics. Our team highly recommends water-based screen printing for a high-end, vintage t-shirt look and feel.
Discharge inks have the same attributes as water-based inks, except they have a t-shirt dye removing capability when activated by heat. This specially formulated ink is ideal for printing on dark shirts colors because it can remove the original shirt color and re-dye the fabric to the desired ink color simultaneously – resulting in your light colored inks feeling like they are embedded into the shirt fabric when printing on dark colored garments.
Please note that not every color combination or fabric type will work with discharge inks, so be sure to ask our staff about the details before you place your order.
Puff inks are plastisol inks with a puff additive that rises up when heated during the drying process. Puff inks work best on text or outlines in a design.
High-Density ink is puff ink used on a thicker screen that allows for sharper edges and more block-like raised feel. Like any SFX (special effect) ink, it is better used in moderation and as an accent in the design. These inks can have a really unique end result when used sparingly on a shirt graphic.
Metallic & Shimmer inks are plastisol inks that have glitter flakes in them. Because of the thickness of these inks, we do not suggest using it for highly intricate or tiny design details; this is mainly recommended as a second color or as an accent color in a design. We also advise against printing them on sheer fabrics or fabrics designed to be cool or soft.
Glow in the Dark ink is also a plastisol ink typically applied as an overlay to the white used in a t-shirt design. Because of the thickness of these inks we do not suggest using Glow in the Dark for highly intricate designs, or printing them on really sheer fabrics.
Have fun in the sun with our sun-activated color changing inks! We are proud to be one of the only screen printing companies in the nation to offer color-changing ink as a screen printing service! This ink appears almost invisible (or lightly tinted) indoors but turns vibrant with colors almost instantly when exposed to the sun.
This is great for outdoor and youth events such as fundraisers and festivals. View some samples below in our photo gallery. Call today to speak with a product specialist to learn more about this amazing process and how it can brighten up your next event.