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Better quality doesn’t have to mean more expensive. The PromoVentures facility is capable of high-volume screen printing, producing anywhere from 48 to several thousand screen printed t-shirts. We helped elevate the standards of screen printing in San Diego by bringing together quality screen printing and great prices.
Everyone loves tee shirts, making them the best promotional product to promote your business, event, or group. PromoVentures has taken the hassle out of ordering custom logo apparel with a streamlined ordering process and a quick turnaround time. Now, it’s easier than ever to make the best choice when promoting trade shows, sports events, retail stores, consumer products, entertainment events, corporate gifts, and more.
Our Screen Printing Capabilities
Production Capacity: 20,000 garments a day.
Machines Used: Gaunlet and Sportsman.
Ink Colors : Up to 14.
Understanding the Basics of Screen Printing
Screen printing begins by creating the art work, which is comprised of a piece of clear film that has the image to be printed in black.
The screen is created by stretching thin but durable fabric over a metal frame.
The fabric is then coated with a light sensitive emulsion.
The film is taped to the screen and exposed to a bright light.
The dark areas of the film block the light from hitting the areas of the screen that are to print, and the transparent areas allow a photo-chemical reaction to harden the emulsion.
When the screen is rinsed with water the emulsion washes out of the areas that are intended to print.
The screen is then clamped into a frame that holds it steady while printing.
Ink is forced through the fabric by the use of a rubber bar, called a squeegee, which is pulled across the stencil, and the shirt is held in place by adhering it to a flat board with spray adhesive.
Once the inks have been applied the shirt is placed on a conveyor belt that cycles it through a dryer.
The dryer fuses the components of the ink together, causing it to become cured and durable.
As one of the largest providers of San Diego screen printing, PromoVentures has refined the silkscreen manufacturing process. Unlike traditional offset printing, screen printers must employ a wide variety of techniques to satisfy the range of customer needs. Garment screen printed 4 color process is so unpredictable that other techniques involving the use of more than 4 colors yield better results. This is why it is not unusual to find 8-14 color presses in this industry. What follows is a summary of the procedures used to deal with the variety of reproduction requirements.
Spot color or simple spot- A separate screen for each color.
Complex Spot- Mixing custom colors with halftones.
4-color process- CMYK: Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black mixed to create all colors.
The major distinction in press types is between manual equipment & automatic equipment. Manuals use manpower to move the screens from shirt to shirt and to pull the squeegees across the screen. Autos automate these procedures, but both require manpower to get the shirts on and off the presses. Manuals are usually used for shorter runs and fewer colors. Manual presses are also more difficult to use when attempting to maintain consistency in complex or half-toned images.
PromoVentures facility has the capacity to print an average of 12,000-20,000 (maximum) shirts/items per day. We employ 5 automatic screen-printing machines and can print up to 14 colors.
There are two main ink systems available to the t-shirt printer: water-based inks & plastisol inks. Water-based inks are less durable, but inks allow better air flow or “breathing” characteristics and garments have a softer hand. Plastisol inks are made from PVC, a common industrial plastic and are the standard within the mainstream American t-shirt printing industry.
If cured properly, these inks are as durable as shirt ink gets. Both are equally damaging to the environment, unless carefully filtered. PromoVentures normally uses plastisol inks. Water-based and discharge inks are available upon request.
As one of the largest providers of embroidery in San Diego, embroidered logo apparel is a specialty of PromoVentures. We understand the importance of making your people look good so we use exacting quality standards to ensure your total satisfaction.
We embroider your logo or marketing message on thousands of styles of apparel. Our state-of-the-art embroidery equipment is able to rapidly produce beautiful stitch-work at almost any volume.
If you want great looking corporate logo apparel, it helps to know a few basics about embroidery.
Standard everyday embroidery is done with satin and fill stitching on a hooped garment.
Caps have curving surfaces so to get the best look you need to make adjustments to the digitized logos.
In some cases, we can make your embroidery really pop with 3D embroidery.
Looking for metallic threads like gold and silver? We can get them.
Digitizing is the process of taking art work and transforming it into a digital language that the embroidery machines will understand. This process maps the path of the heads and determines how the needles enter and exit the garments. Digitizing is a complex process which uses the machines running, satin and fill stitches to create an embroidered design on a garment. Logos are digitized for either FLAT garments or CURVED surfaces like hats.
Hooping Hooping is the process of putting the garment you want embroidered into a plastic machine embroidery frame. This is done manually by the operator and is not as simple as it sounds. Stabilization and tightness is core critical to a good hoop.
Backing This is the fabric used on the inside of a garment to give the embroidered decoration rigidity. PromoVentures uses white and black backing in both Cut Away and Tear Away versions. Cut Away backing is the most common and is used on most garments unless specified otherwise.
Thread Color Change When a decoration needs a change in thread colors during a run without changing the actual artwork. This is often done when decorating light and dark garments with the same logo. The machine must be stopped and the spools of thread must be re-inserted and changed at each station.
Font & Size Limitations
Understanding Font & Size Limitations for Embroidery
Lettering needs to be a certain height in order to read clearly once the text is embroidered. Lettering that seems fine on a printout or on screen may still be too small to translate to stitching, and product an illegible mess when embroidered! The minimum height of lettering is .2 inches tall – this is generally about a 20-22 point font size on screen. Keep in mind that ht height minimum applies to the smallest letters. So if we were to embroider the name “GEORGE” in all capitals, each letter needs to meet the height minimum of .2″ tall. The test would need to be 20 point to meet this minimum. However, if we want to embroider “George” with small letters and a capital G, the small letters need to meet the height minimum as well – so we must increase the font size now to 27 points. This produces a slightly larger design. Therefore, if we wish to keep the lettering as small as possible, it is wise to stitch in all capital letters to keep the width of the final design to a minimum. NOTE: Font sizes will vary between different font style/faces, do not use the font size numbers given here as set-in-stone rules but rather as general guidelines.