The Lords of Print

FAQ

 

Frequently Asked Questions

What types of ink do you use for screen printing?

What is the difference between the different brands of garments available for screen printing?

Can I bring my own shirts in?

How large can you print?

How should I prepare my artwork for the best screen printing results?

Do you match colors? What’s PMS?

How do I separate the colors in my design to be screen print ready?

I want to screen print my shirt with a design over the sleeves, neckline, and around the back, can you guys do that?

What exactly is a one color, two color, three color, or four color print?

What is your turnaround time?

How and where do you guys ship?

I am interested in learning how to screen print, do you know of any good screen printing resources?

Can you teach me how to print shirts?

Will you live print at my craft fair/corporate event/party/bar?

What types of ink do you use?

We print with Union Plastisol inks unless otherwise requested. We can also print with 100% waterbased inks on request (excluding dark garments). Specialty inks, such as discharge, available upon request, additional charges may apply

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What is the difference between the different brands of garments?

Each brand of garment offers a unique take on their of idea of the t-shirt body. From brand to brand you will see a difference between fit, material, wash, sizing specifications and most importantly, price. If you have any questions or need a reccomendation, feel free to shoot us an email at info@thelordsofprint.com.

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Can I bring my own shirts in?

Most definitely! We do charge a small, per-piece fee for supplied garments and also request that you bring in a few extra shirts for test prints.

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How large can you print?

On standard shirts, we print up to 12″ x 16″ (this is still a really big shirt print) with no additional charges, and can print up to 18″x24″ for a large-screen fee. Please realize that all-over prints are not really feasible with traditional screen printing, but if you’re interested, we can still work with you, but higher costs are involved.

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How should I prepare my artwork?

We can accept just about any file type. It should be at least 300 dpi. The more successful files are ones that are vector and either .pdf, photoshop, or illustrator files. Each file should be color separated and sized to the actual size of the print. The Lords of Print can help guide you through this integral part of the ordering process. It is important to have good artwork files to ensure the quality of the print, so please feel free to contact us at art@thelordsofprint.com for any questions you might have.

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Do you match colors? What’s PMS?

Yes we do! We’ll always do our best to match the color you want from your file, but please note that colors vary from monitor to monitor. If you need an exact color, we can match it using the Pantone Matching System (PMS). Please use the Pantone Coated (C) colors. Note that there is an additional $50 charge and an extra 4 days added on for specific color mixing.

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How do I separate the colors in my design to be screen print ready?

Separating artwork files can be a tedious process. Here is an excellent tutorial if you are up for the challenge. If you don’t have experience working in photoshop or illustrator, the Lords of Print can help by color separating your files for you. Just ask!

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I want to print my shirt with a design over the sleeves, neckline, and around the back, can you guys do that?

This kind of print is referred to as an “oversize print” and is typically more expensive because it requires larger screens and equipment. Additionally, printing over sleeves and any other seams tend to not come out so great.  We can usually print within 3/4″ of a seam without experiencing any distortion or ink build-up on your garment.  Our largest print size possible is 15″ x 20″. Here is an example of a typical shirt-size dimensioning chart. If you are interested in doing an oversize print, please contact us to discuss your options.

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What exactly is a one color, two color, three color, or four color print?

The term “one color print” refers to the number of distinguishable colors printed on your garment. For example, a shirt with a black and red design printed on a white t-shirt is considered a two color print. For an illustrative example of a print on a white shirt, please see here:Color examples

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What is your turnaround time?

Normal turnaround time is 10 business days. For rush orders (less than 10 days) an additional fee may occur.

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How and where do you guys ship?

We ship UPS anywhere in the country, and if you have a humongo order, we can probably freight it to you.  Alternatively, you can visit us at our shop at 1258 Fitzgerald, Unit #201,  San Francisco, CA 94124 to pick up your order for free!  We can also deliver in the evening-time if you’re in San Francisco proper for a fee.

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I am interested in learning how to screen print, do you know of any good screen printing resources?

These are some blogs and websites that we continually read to stay up on t-shirt printing and manufacturing techniques.

www.impressionsmag.com

www.magiconline.com

www.howtostartaclothingcompany.com

www.gomediazine.com

www.threadless.com

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Can YOU teach me how to print shirts?

Oh most definitely. We hold screenprinting workshops where we’ll teach you the basics of screen printing. Email us at info@thelordsofprint.com or call us at 415-465-1006 to set something up.

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Will you live print at my craft fair/corporate event/party/bar?

We love to print at parties!  If you’d like us to print at your event, please email us the details at events@thelordsofprint.com.

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