Getting your job ordered.

Step 1.

Decide what you need. We can help with advice on what garments and branding type is right for your job.

Step 2.

Get a quote. Our instant estimate form on the front page will give you an idea of the pricing based on our most commonly requested items. However we supply hundreds of garments from dozens of suppliers so let us know what you need.

Step 3.

Send us your artwork and we proof. Our team can arrange redraws if you do not have vector artwork and can do basic artwork alterations in house, we will quote before doing any work.

Step 4.

Approve the proof and supply final numbers. 

Step 5.

We schedule, print your job and arrange a courier (unless you are collecting). 

Step 6.

This is all in your hands now. Either hand out the apparel to your team, fulfill prorders or get selling or get your promo moving.

A quick note about pricing and sizes:
The pricebreak is based on total prints of a single design at one time. As such you can mix singlets, hoodies and tees and this would count towards the larger total.

However this also means you need to be aware of the sizing when designing, if your design needs to be one size on adults and one size on kids this would effectively double the setup fee and split the pricebreak quantity. We recommend working as large as possible on the smallest garment.

What we need from you

Artwork Requirements (Vector, Pantone Colour or CMYK)

Vector Artwork

This  image shows part of the story why we need Vector artwork – Quality – But not the whole thing. Vector artwork is generally made from scratch in Illustrator or Corel Draw.

Vector artwork allows us to resize, and select individual elements. This means colours separation is easier and we can make basic alterations without charging!
There are rare occasions where Raster Artwork is fine, however this is generally only for basic images and where the image is very high resolution. Otherwise pixelation and other issues will likely occur.

Most of the time you should aim to provide Vector Artwork. Preferably in a .pdf format. If you cannot supply this – check with any printers that may have printed Business Cards or Signs.

Pantone Colours 

Every computer screen is different, to get around this we match to the Pantone Colour Matching System (Solid Colours).
It is likely your designer has these on file!

CMYK

Even if you do not know your Pantone Colour it is best if you work in CMYK. Full Colour images should always be set to CMYK.
RGB  is for web design and things that will be seen on screens, it is a backlit system and produces colours that cannot be achieved through any form of conventional printing.

We will provide a proof on your requested garments before we go to print, your job will not be printed or scheduled until this is approved.

Quantity and size Breakdown

Before your job is Scheduled we will need your confirmed styles and numbers, once you provide these your job will be scheduled to print.
You can change these, however it will push your job out and a restocking fee may apply depending on what supplier we are using for your job.

It is best if you collate this and provide it once.

Approval and Delivery address

To proceed we need Proof approval and Final Quantity 

Once these are provided your job is locked and loaded.
Before collection or courier we will requirement payment, we do have credit card options available.

If we are couriering the garments to you we will need a delivery address! Unless you are collecting.

We can do split deliveries, however there is a $10.00 per split (after the first address) fee – and additional courier fees.

The printing process

How we brand your garments depends on a few factors, such as quantity, garment and process required.

The units we use for larger runs are semi-automatic and are far larger than what is shown here, but the process is essentially the same. We do also print small jobs manually.

However if you want to learn more or see the entire process the guys at ryonet have a great video library. This one here has a fantastic overview of the process we follow. 

The most common branding we do, particularly on tees, is Screen Printing.
Whether this is done  on one of our semi-automatic machines or entirely by hand the premise is exactly the same.

First a screen is imaged for each colour in the design.
Screens are frames with very fine mesh (originally made from silk, hence silk screenprinting) 

The screens are then loaded onto a machine and lined up.
The screens are loaded onto individual heads, which the printer swings around.

The screens are then inked up and using a squeege ink is pushed through the screen.
If the job is multi-colour the printer will print one colour, swing the heads to change screens and then push the next colour through.

When printing a base or when a design needs the inks to be ‘flashed’ the stations with the garments is also spun so that the garment is under an element for a brief time to quickly flash cure the ink before the next layer goes on.

Finally the garments are then run through a conveyer drier to cure.
They are then stacked out, folded and boxed ready to be collected or couriered.

Most common methods of branding.

T Shirt printing Example Close Up

Screenprinting.

Screenprinting Tees is what we do… Well along Digitals and Embroidery and Vinyl.

Nearly all T-Shirts and Hoodies are Screen Printed, it is the most economical process for printing tees, particularly in higher volumes.

Pricing scales well, and fine detail is acheivable.

Digital T Shirt Transfers

Digital Transfers.

Transfers have come a long way, with no limitation to colours they can be the best option for many colours and small runs.

 

 

Embroidery.

Embroidery does not suit soft fabrics such as T-Shirts, however it is perfect for Business Shirts and Polos, as well as Aprons. 

Embroidery is priced per stitch so logos do need to be quoted case by case.

DIFFERENT TYPES OF SCREENPRINTING

We do three main types of printing, there are also several specialist methods and inks we use.

Plastisol Spot Inks

Plastisol is the most common printing method, it is opaque and lasts very well. It is essentially particles held in a emulsion.

When printing t-shirts we generally try and stick to Spot Colours, we use Solid Pantone Colours for colour matching.
Spot colours really just refer to a solid colour. They are generally opaque, bright and not victim to variance in between or within jobs.

This means that each colour is completely separate and needs it’s own screen. It also means we can effectively match brand guidelines.

CMYK Process Ink Printing

This differs from Spot Inks as it is a Four Colour process, similar to how brochues and magazines are offset printed it involves 4 Very Fine Screens and vastly less opaque inks. All Colours are made up from CMYK.

This works best on White Garments, and can look good. It is prone to more issues with varience and requires the use of halftones.While you can absolutely have halftones of Spot Colours, where tone is made up of halfrone dots.

Haltone Screenprinting is not only for CMYK Prints, but is essential for it.

The entire process is dependant on small dots of colour siting on each other to make up all other colours.

CMYK Screenprinting

You can see on the image to the left the general gist of how this works. Each Screen is made of dots and by putting the colours together you get all of the colours.

This example would have 4 Spot Colours OR CMYK. Either way it is 4 Colours.

It is an actual example shown to a client to explain the process. In this example you would absolutely opt for Spot Colour Printing. Some images have so many colours that CMYK or Digital printing is a must.

 

CMYK Process printing tends not to be as bright as Spot Colour printing and often digital transfers work better.

Other Specialty Inks

These inks are by definition spot colours.

• Metallic Inks (Gold, Silver Fleck inks)
• Fluro Inks (Hi Vis Yellow, Orange, Pinks etc)
• Glow in the Dark (Covercoat)
• Puff Inks

These inks may have additional costs attached to them, we can also do discharge prints, however we do not do this for small orders as it does necessitate special dryer settings.

Waterbased Screen Printing

A completely different process to Plastisol.
We use waterbased dye inks for Teatowel Printing, this means the pigment sits inside the fabric. They can be used for drying and handling hot items.

This type of waterbased printing needs to go onto light coloured garments.

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Printedtees.co.nz – New Zealand’s T-Shirt Printers

Some of the Brands we supply:

AS Colour, Freeset, Biz Corporates, James Harvest, Stormtech, Icebreaker, Team Sports, Jbs Wear, Gildan, Anvil, BMV, Biz Collection, Cloke, Syzmik, Visitec, Legend Life, Trends Collection, Maxum, The Range.

If you have a particular brand you require please specify this your contact message.

Use the form to send us a message, we’d love to hear from you!

Hours: 9am – 5pm Mon-Fri by Appointment
74 Morrin Road Panmure
PO Box 251166, Pakuranga, Auckland
09 358 1249

If you are requesting a quote or have a question please use the form to the right. You can upload images to assist in quoting.

If you wish to obtain an instant estimate and request a quote you can do so from product pages