Dealing with a silk screener.
This is a whole topic onto itself as it involves everything, even design / drawing the artwork! The silk screener you work with affects your shirt design and sales on every level and stage: how many shirts you can order, turnaround time, how much “checking in” you need to do or not, how many colors you want to use and how much that will translate into on films, screens, set up, and even down to minutia like how much a color wash will affect your ability to sell to both genders with just one extra (should be) cheap process.
And this list doesn’t even touch on intricacies of how silk screeners are overwhelmingly small business powners and as such each one has a different way they do business and by a larger extent it may look like a company but it’s really just dealing with an invidual.
We will touch on a myriad of smaller topics but among them are:
- Silk screeners are (hopefully) skilled in the mechanical function of preparing artwork to be printed on a shirt and then printing said artwork onto a shirt. They overwhelmingly ARE NOT skilled in the talents of designers, illustrators and do not know anything about fashion or what garments will best work for who. We’ll talk on how to deal with this and the problem that they THINK they know about what they don’t.
- Silk screeners rarely know ANYTHING about styles so NEVER let them chose what you print on. They’ll pretty close to pick a random color on a t-shirt & just print on that and your garment wont’ look nearly as good as it could or have all the sizes you need.
- When is it right for direct to garment (
if you can even find someone that’s got a machine) vs. silk screen?
- Film, burning & other set up costs and how that affects EVERYTHING! This is how they get you to not go to another silk screener so makes sure you’re sure when you print with one.
- How your design is affected by the money and process of the silk-screening process and why it’s important to start with the silk screener and not the design.
- Silk screeners love to pass extra charges onto you that you only realize when you get the final invoice. They know they’re sitting on top of your product you need and they use against you. Devious? Yes. Standard? Sadly also yes. We’ll cover on how to avoid that.
- How to spot a bad one and how to find the harder to find good ones.
- Specialty inks like puff, metallic, flaking and more and when it actually will help your design.
- How much should it cost you to print on shirts?
- Printing: how much to print of what size?
Penciled in, but not inked will be our trusted silk screener that will come and talk to you about what to do to prepare your work and get the best product and experience out of working with your silk screener.
You’re going to print a shirt eventually; this is the class where you find out how to make the best of that vital stage of garment design.