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Printing Education

An Art & A Science

Ever since the invention of screen printing, people have been trying to perfect the art of creating the best prints possible. We use custom mesh screens to lay ink onto many different surfaces, creating unique pieces that have a handcrafted touch. At Legacy Merch, we believe that the hand-made nature of screen printing can truly make turn brand into something special.

Types of Printing

Discharge Printing

Discharge printing is able to give you a soft print with bold colors, and it works by dying the fabric rather than laying ink on top of it. We have found that it is most successful with cotton garments. Due to the nature of this process, we can't guarantee Pantone matches; however, the vibrancy and quality remains unmatched.

Recommended Pairings:

100% Cotton Garments

Bold Colors

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This process dyes the fabric rather than laying on top of it

Avoid Blended-Fabric Garments

Perfect Pantone color matching not guaranteed

Water-Based Printing

Water-based inks are similar to discharge inks, but without the addition of the chemical agent that colors the actual fabric. They are best used on lighter colored garments and lead to a soft, smooth finish. The ink is generally slightly translucent, so it often may appear washed out or give the garment a vintage look. Similar to discharge inks, we cannot guarantee color matches.

Recommended Pairings:

Projects that call for a vintage look

Pairs best with lighter colored garments

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Color matches are not guaranteed

Water-based inks are more translucent than other inks

This process results in an extremely soft final product

Simulated Process Printing

Process printing uses halftones of a few colors to produce a much wider color range through blending inks on the garment during the printing process. Due to the nature of this process, the artwork may vary from shirt to shirt by up to 15%. We start with hundreds of colors, and then we reduce these down to a selection of four to ten essential colors that will provide the best overall replication of the art when printed onto a garment.

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Soft Touch

Also known as a ‘hybrid print', our Soft Touch process uses a discharge base in combination with softened plastisol top colors. This print style gives you a soft feel and bold colors on garments that may not work well with discharge inks.

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Foil Printing

During this process, a gel is printed onto the garment and foil is applied to the gelled area with a heat press. These garments usually last about 10 wash cycles. Due to the nature of this garment decoration, we are not responsible for the customer’s satisfaction of the shirt after it has been washed or worn.

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Plastisol

Plastisol has been the industry standard ink for decades. It provides a bold & lasting color, and it is great for when an exact Pantone match is required. Plastisol may occasionally feel heavy and isn't recommended for soft garments.

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Vintage Printing

We select the perfect ink and shirt combo to produce a worn looking print with a super soft feel.

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Finishing Items

screen printed shirt tags

Tagless Relabel

Removing the manufacturer’s sewn tag and replacing it with your own printed label is a great way to promote your brand. This service requires a 50 piece minimum. Ask us for information regarding available garments.

sewn in hem tags for shirts

Sewn Hem Tags

Hem tags add a polished touch to any garment. We can help you source your own labels to sew onto your printed shirts.

shirt hang tags

Hang Tags

Hang tags provide a retail-ready look that can prepare your product for sale. We can source a variety of different tags that are perfect for every occasion.

shirt folding and bagging

Folding & Bagging

Folding and bagging your garments is the best way to keep them organized. We are able to place size stickers on the outside of your bags to make it easy for you to quickly sell or ship your products.

Disclaimers

Not Every Shirt Will Be Perfect

Unfortunately, not every shirt that leaves our shop can be perfect. Even the largest manufacturing facilities sew their shirts by hand, which can lead to discrepancies between garments. Because of differences in shirts, some prints may be slightly skewed. We attempt to catch as many of these issues as we can, but some are not apparent until the shirt is worn. If you find issues after you receive your shirts, we will refund the affected pieces. We do not offer reprints unless the spoilage rate of the order total is over 5%.

Spoilage/Under Run

Due to the nature of screen printing, it is not uncommon for an experienced printer using quality equipment to produce a misprint from time to time. We leave room for a spoilage rate of up to 5% per order. Our QC department will pull these misprints out of your order, and we will deduct them from your final invoice. We strongly recommend ordering extra tees if you need a specific number of exact sizes.

Art Approval

It is the customer’s responsibility to verify that all of the information on the proof is correct. If an error is found after your order has been approved and printed, Legacy Merch will not be held liable for the cost associated with reprinting the order. We assume no liability for errors in designs approved by the customer. Due to computer screen variances and approximate scales, your shirts will not always look exactly as they do on a digital proof.

What Not To Print

Some items simply aren't meant to be screen printed. These may include 6 panel hats, moisture wicking polos, and two ply jackets. We often recommend embroidery services for these products.

Order Cancellations

In the event that an order is cancelled by a customer, the refund will be based on the status of the order. We may require a restocking fee; however, refunds cannot be issued if the order has already been completed.

Returns

At Legacy Merch we stand behind our work. We do not offer refunds, but will reprint the order to the correct specs if a mistake has occurred. If upon receiving your order you find that something is incorrect, you must notify us within 72 hours of the delivery of your order. If it is determined that you need to return products to Legacy Merch for inspection or to be reprinted, the product must be returned within 2 business weeks of the stated claim. If you have contacted us to make a return and we have agreed to cover the shipping costs, all items must be shipped using ground ship methods from UPS or FedEx, any other methods of shipping (3 day ship, 2nd day air, next day air, next day saver) will not be covered. If items are returned after this timeframe, the shipment will be denied and the package will be sent back to you unless prior arrangements have been made.

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