Screen Printing FAQ

Standard Imprint | 12″ wide x 18″ high
Oversized Imprint | 19″ wide x 25″ high (Imprint area can increase based on artwork.)
Wrap Imprint | 20″ wide x 14″ high

I thought that any EPS file was considered “good art.” Why do you say “not so”?
EPS is a file type that can be opened by multiple graphics programs. An artist can save anything from a low-resolution JPG to a high-resolution Photoshop file as an EPS. To ensure artwork accuracy and usability, the art department must open your artwork and see just what they are working with.

What kind of art do I need for a 4-Color Process print?
The most important aspect of the art is file resolution. It is best to have 300 dpi or higher resolution at the final imprint size. Acceptable file types include PSD, JPG, TIF, or even an Illustrator AI file; however, if the image is raster, then it is best to send the original file NOT pasted in Illustrator.

How long from the time I place my order until I see a proof?
The time frame is usually between 2 and 3 days. It can be provided sooner; however, please discuss this option with customer service when placing your order.

Why does the finished product look different than the virtual & paper proof?
Each output device will differ, and this is due to a whole lot of technical reasons. The reasons include tonal compensation, ink density, ink values, etc.

Virtual proofs in theory are impossible to reproduce with printed ink. Computer monitors display color in RGB (light), which is beyond the visual spectrum that printed inks can reproduce. Printed materials are produced in CMYK (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black) ink. Your color paper proof will only be as close as the output device (ink or laser jet printer) allows. To produce a screen-printed version of your image, it must go through another conversion. The image information must then be separated into a screen for each color, CMYK. It will then be printed with inks that differ from the inks in the paper-proofing device. There is no way around this.

The texture of the fabric that is being printed on will also affect the color balance. Superior Decorating prides itself on making our final printed products look as close to the original file as possible.

Are you able to print nylon items or moisture-wicking material?
It is possible; however, we would need to review the design and potentially a sample of the garment. Nylon has the tendency to shrink and melt when exposed to high temperatures. When the ink is flashed on press and then run through the dryer after printing, the nylon can shrink, scorch, and melt.