Which printing methods do we use?
In order to achieve the best possible results in terms of printing quality, we select the most suitable printing technique according to the selected designs and products. Manually configurating your printing technique is therefore not part of the creation process. We however welcome all your enquiries and requests regarding techniques to be used. Should you rather have your products printed in a certain way, please inform our customer service ( or 020 39661820).
The following printing techniques are available:
Print with computer-operated digital print. Colours are sprayed on and made durable with a hardener. The fabrics can still be felt when touching the design, although the feeling is smoother than when using digital transfer print and therefore more comfortable to carry. Hand-washing guarantees a bright print on the long term. Results in a relaxed “vintage look”. The design looks a bit faded, don’t expect brash colours. This technique is not suitable for prints on breathable products, since they require flex- or flock printing.
Flex is a printing technique where the design is cut from a coloured foil and then pressed onto the shirt under high heat. The printed colours have a slight shine to them and contrast extremely well with fabric. Tests have shown that the form and colour of the flex print barely change after 100 washes. It is made of a flexible and resilient material - even thin lines do not break. The design must be uploaded as a vector graphic.
Here we still work with a needle and thread! The use of real thread makes your designs extremely durable and allows them to withstand intensive washing. The embroidery machine is equipped with 15 colour threads and "sews" the colours of your design onto the product.
Every design is checked by our professionals and converted into an embroidery file. For this important step, we currently have to charge €24.90 each.
For embroidery, your design must meet the following criteria:
- It must be a vector graphic (.svg, .ai, etc.)
- Max. 8 colours and no gradients
- Min. 1.5 mm line strength
- It must not exceed 22.5 cm x 22.5 cm
Ideally suited for: classics such as polo shirts, caps, hats, hoodies, jackets and aprons
Screen printing is one of the oldest types of printing, and it is still practiced today as a traditional craft. There’s a simple trick: Each colour of your design is applied to the product with its own screen. We can print up to 5 colours. Depending on the design, up to 5 screens are produced before the actual printing ― regardless of whether one or a thousand items ― are printed in the end. That's why screen printing is a great consideration for large quantities. We make screen printing available from a minimum order quantity of 20 pieces.
This results in the following requirements for your design:
- Your design needs to have a vector graphic formatting
- It has 5 colours max.
- The minimum order quantity is 20 identical items
But why all the fuss with the screens? It’s easy: A perfect combination of quality and price make it a no-brainer. Screen printing delivers brilliant print results, vibrant colours and a textile feel that just feels right. And: The more you order, the cheaper the single print.
You are looking for another printing technique? We might be able to process your order via Spreadshirt's bulk service which offers a wider range of printing techniques. Contact our customer service for more information!