Printing & Artwork Information

Setup Fee

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We have lots of different garment options available for screenprinting. Email us for quotes on specific styles and brands!

$15 per screen for the initial shirt printing order/$5 per screen to resetup on future orders of the exact same prints.

On screenprinted t-shirt specials, merch packs, screenprinted patch, and screenprinted koozie orders, setup is included in the price listed!

Color Swap

$10 to change a print color mid-run, but use the same screen.

Print Locations

Standard locations include Front Center, Front Left Chest, Back Center.

$1 per shirt per extra standard location, price varies on non-standard.  We can do sleeve prints, inside tag prints, side prints, and more!

Maximum Print Area

Just under 13×19 inches.  On multicolored prints, the maximum height drops to about 17 inches

SCREENPRINTED PATCHES: The size listed is going to be the actual size of the cut patch.  It’s usually best to leave some open space around the edge of your image, usually at least a quarter inch on every side.  We tile your design on a grid and print multiple patches at a time, then cut them to the exact size requested.  There is no additional blank canvas space added on our end.

SCREENPRINTED KOOZIES:  For koozies, about 3 inches wide x 3.5 inches tall is the maximum.  The suface of the acutal koozie measures about 3.75 x 4.

Color Matching

We can match PMS colors for $25.  PMS matching isn’t necessary most of the time.  We stock a bunch of standard screenprinting ink colors, so we can usually replicate your art without mixing; but the option is there.

Artwork Requirements for Screen Printing

Vector artwork is strongly preferred for screenprinting.  Next best is 300dpi resolution artwork sized exactly as big as you want it printed.  You should be able to zoom in at 100% and not see any “fuzzy” lines!  (Please do not just “raise” the resolution of a file by opening it and typing a bigger number.  If it was that easy, we would just do it ourselves, but unfortunately you just end up with a bigger but fuzzier image.  We want images to be as crisp as possible!)

SCREENPRINTED PATCH SPECIFIC GUIDELINES:  Use common sense when choosing artwork based on the patch size.  If you are ordering screenprinted shirts with a large, highly detailed image, that same image will typically not look as good shrunk down on a tiny 3×3 printed patch.  Some detail can work on small patches and look great, but usually simple, bold images are the way to go!

SCREENPRINTED KOOZIE SPECIFIC GUIDELINES:  Due to both the small size and squishy material of koozies, smaller details usually don’t come through as well in comparison to larger prints on a shirt printing board.  For best results, stick with simple logos and images!

If you aren’t sure, send over what you’ve got and we’ll see if we can work with it.

We handle color separations ourselves.  Usually we have to tweak a few things slightly to make sure the image works on press.

Artwork Ownership/Copyrighted Images

By submitting artwork and placing an order with Merch Kitchen Screenprinting, you agree and acknowledge that your artwork and content was either originally created by you or you have permission to use it, and you accept full responsibility for your artwork and content.  No exceptions!  We are not responsible or liable for any copyright issues resulting from customer submitted artwork.

Turnaround Time

Standard turnaround on custom screenprinting orders is about 2 weeks from the time the order is paid for until completion, but can vary based on the current workload.  This does not include shipping time.  We strive for exceptional quality and attention to detail, not blasting through orders as fast as possible.  Please take that into consideration and try to plan ahead of time.

That said, stuff happens and RUSH services are available, priced depending on how quickly you need your order.  We’ve turned stuff around in as quickly as an afternoon before.  If you’re in a jam, get in touch with us and we’ll see what we can do to help you out.