We finally have a You Tube Channel up. Check it out for videos of new prints soon!http://www.youtube.com/user/LegacyMerch?feature=watch
It has been a busy April at Legacy Merch! We are steadily moving through the busy spring season fulfilling orders and adding new services. Most notable is the addition of Embroidery to our list of services. Help us kick this new service off by sending us your quote requests for embroidery on hats, polos, button ups, etc.
For our customers interested in a full array of finishing options on their garments we have expanded our capabilities. Check out our Finishing Options page for more details on tagless relabels, hang tags, and poly bagging services.
Also new to the Legacy web site is the addition of a Sample Request page. For our many out of state clients this will be a great addition. We understand that any print shop can claim to have top quality prints, but rather than tell you, we would like you to decide for yourself. Just fill out the request form and a printed tee will be in the mail to you with in 24 hours.
And finally check out our updated About page with a little deeper story as to how we came to be.
The Legacy Crew.
We often get the question 'How can I make my shirts less expensive?'. The number one answer is to use fewer colors in your design. What can you do with a one color print? Actually, a lot. One color prints are essentially two colors anyway; the ink color and the shirt color. When additional costs for oversized prints and specialty prints are multiplied by five or 6 colors it can really add up! We have customers send us some very clever designs that use one color. The boldest prints we see are often one color designs because the contrast between the ink and tee can be maximized.
The next question in the conversation usually is 'Why is one color cheaper?'. This is a great question as screenprinting is a rather mysterious craft to the outsider. For each color that is printed in a design we must produce one additional film and screen. The film is attached to the screen before the screen can be 'burned'. Once the screen is burned final screen prep can be completed. Once completed the job is ready to be set up in the press. Between color separations, film production, and burning the screens; each screen will take approximately 1 hour to produce. Remember, each separate color requires its own screen. This is why the more colors that are in a design the more expensive the print becomes.
Next time you have a project that needs to be 'budget friendly' consider a one color print. One color does not restrict the amount of detail that the print can produce, nor does it affect the size of the print. Just the cost! Cheers, The Legacy Crew.
Great blog from The Hundreds talking about their progression in screenprinting and growing their brand. Should be motivating for you girls and guys with your own brands.
Check out a project started by one of our clients to aiming to put a little joy in the hearts of kids under going lengthy hospital stays. Buy a cool shirt, support a good cause!
It is a little known fact that different types of t-shirts will produce different results when printed. As with most things the rule of 'you get what you pay for' applies to printed garments. When it comes to 100% cotton t-shirts there are two basic categories. The first and most common, also the cheaper option, is 'open end' cotton. This category is used in most basic entry level tees. The second and slightly more expensive option is 'ring-spun' cotton. Ring-spun cotton may cost anywhere from $1.00- $2.50 more than a basic tee, but the resulting print is noticeably better. The reason for the quality difference is in the cotton fibers. Ring-spun cotton maintains a tighter weave with less stray fibers, which tend to stick up and interrupt the print causing small particles of ink to deposit outside of the design area. A good way to think about it is like a paint canvas. If there were stray pieces of canvas sticking up here and there it would be impossible to make a brush stroke with out having paint end up where you did not want it. For imprinted garments the t-shirt is our canvas and the canvas directly effects the quality of the finished product. So next time you are ordering printed tees keep ring-spun tees in mind. If you want the best print possible then it is the only way to go. For high quality prints we recommend ring-spun garments from Bella/Canvas and American Apparel.
Cool article on t-shirt design. Check it out... http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/10/16/the-ultimate-round-up-of-t-shirt-design-tutorials/
Do screen charges and set up fees annoy you as much as they annoy us? We have decided to kill the confusion and added charges brought on by set up fees for all of our standard prints. Check out our newly streamlined price sheet on the Get A Quote page. It is user friendly and the prices you see are the prices you pay. Don't forget to take advantage of our monthly specials that are going on now. The prices are pretty outstanding if we do say so ourselves.
Here are a couple of sweatshirts we printed a while back for the band Chicago. We could not post the pictures until the items were officially for sale, so here you go.
For every order we produce a detailed proof is submitted to the customer for approval. Once the proof is approved and a deposit is paid your order is scheduled. It is up to the customer to verify that all specs on the proof are correct. The specific garment model and color(s) are listed, as well as the print colors, and sizes of the prints. Check for spelling and grammar mistakes. If mistakes are found you will incur no extra costs for us to edit the proof. In the case edits are required give us as much detail as possible. The more info we have the quicker we are able to make appropriate edits and get your order started. Once the proof is approved the customer is responsible for any mistakes discovered after the job is complete, so be thorough. Check out the example below and thanks for reading!