CUSTOM FLATSTOCK POSTER PRINTING
Are you interested in having something custom screen printed at New Duds? GREAT! We would love to help you. On this page you’ll find some of the basic elements that make screen printing an amazing option for your project. We wanted to share the process with you to make your project easy and enjoyable.
Posters and art prints are a bit different than fabric and garment printing. Rather than printing all of the colors before before it leaves the press (like t-shirts), posters are printed 1 color at a time, left to air dry, then printed with the next color. Up until the printing the process is exactly the same: get the art, separate the colors, print film, make screens. Posters are printed with a water-based permanent acrylic ink that air dries and does not need to be heat set. We primarily use French Paper, because we love the selection of colors, the quality of the paper, and the fact that it is USA made.
For posters we have a minimum of 50 prints per design. This is a little more flexible than shirts depending on what your design looks like. We can print up to 18x24" and everything smaller. Standard sizes are 8x10", 11x14", 11x17", 16x20", and 18x24". But feel free to get funky - if it fits on an 18x24" sheet of paper we'll print it for you! We will even take care of trimming your posters down too, bleed prints all the way to the edge are not a problem.
We have an ongoing application for custom screen printing clients to have shipping fulfillment services through us at our location. Whether you are starting a new online store, or looking to shift to a new shipping model for an existing brand, we can work out fulfillment services that are right for you. With custom printing and shipping services all at our location, we can help streamline your online store business. Go to the Fulfillment Services page for more info and to apply.
We offer non-profits, artists, and others the opportunity to create a fundraising page for your print project. We can help you create a deadline and take pre-orders up to that date. As long as you meet our minimums, we will then print your project for you. Go to the fundraising page for more information on this service.
Check our more information below about printing with us.
What exactly is screen printing?
Well simply put, it’s printing through a screen! Screen printing is a way of decorating apparel and other surfaces by forcing ink through a prepared stencil made on a mesh surface that is printed onto the final product. Our inks are made to last and are heat cured onto garments. It all starts with a design, then a film positive, followed by some magic in the darkroom. Then voila, we have a stencil on a screen and we are ready to print!
How do you go from digital file to physical print?
When you send us a file, the first thing we do is assess the amount of colors in the design. If your design is red, blue and green, then each of those colors will be color separated by one of our staff and each made into its own screen. The more colors, the more screens. This helps us determine the cost of your job to make sure we are both on the same page. Then we isolate each color in the design, and print that part of the file in black on a transparent film.
Making the screens
With our separated films in hand, we turn to the dark room to make the screens themselves. This is much like a photo dark room, with a fairly similar process. Each film is placed on the light table with the screen on top of it. Our LED UV light source from below turns on and “burns” the image into the screen. The emulsion (pink stuff) you see on there is a light sensitive material, which hardens when light hits it. The black in the film positive from your design blocks the light from hitting the emulsion and stops it from hardening in those spots. When the lights turn off and the exposure is done, we take it to the sink to rinse out. Remember all those spots that were blocked by the black in your design? Since those didn’t harden they simply wash away leaving us with a stencil on a screen for each designated color.
Time to print!
Let’s load up the press! The screens and colors in your poster or flatstock project are loaded onto our automatic press and printed one at a time. Our print team lines up each color to the previous ones, otherwise known as registering a job. Once everything is perfectly lined up, we can tape off the registration marks and get your job running. The ink we use quickly air dries on our paper drying rack. We can’t wait for you to see your product!
Are you ready to start your own custom print project?
Read through our FAQs and Policies to get a sense of everything, then head over to our Contact Page to send us your project information. We like to get your file in a vector format (.ai .eps .pdf) but other types will work as well. If you are sending us a jpeg be sure it is sized at least 300 dpi.