December 31, 2013

Pylon Press Screen Printing wishes you a very Happy New Year and thanks to all our customers and friends for making this the best year yet!

We moved into a 1,500 sqft warehouse and added a 10/8 M&R Diamondback automatic to our family – and are hoping to make 2014 even better.  So everyone have a safe and happy new year – see you in 2014!


Radio-Active Records Merch

November 25, 2013

Just printed up a batch of shirts and tote bags for Radio-active Records. Be sure to stop by Black Friday for some great deals and rare vinyl!



New Location! New Press! Same Shirts!

October 18, 2013

We are finally settling into our new location in Oakland Park (Fort Lauderdale) – near Commerical and Dixie.   We are still putting together the show room and our new automatic press, but the presses never stopped- So give us a call to place an order! Or come say hello! 4769 NE 11th Ave, Oakland Park, FL 33334




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T-shirt Print Placements

September 23, 2013

There are over a dozen different places to print a t-shirt, but here are most common conventional print locations we have seen in the t-shirt printing industry.

left-chest-print Left Chest Print – Standard print for businesses and clothing lines that is more subtle than a large front print.  Often paired with a large back print.

front-print Large Front Print – Standard full front print.

back-printLarge Back Print – Standard back print.

front-corner-printLeft Hip Print – Used as a bottom tag to add small touch to the garment.

inside-tag-printInside Tag Print – Label Print – Gives the shirt a personal and professional touch. Often paired with tear away tags. Tag prints usually include brand name, tagline, website, country of origin, and size.

small-back-print Small Back Print – Yoke Print – Used as a simple print on back for emphasis of company or brand name.

Left Chest Print with Large Back Print – Most common print for businesses. Creates a professional looking shirt with company logo on the front left chest and company information large on the back of the t-shirt.left-breast-print-back-print

Left Sleeve Print – Usually 1 color. Used to further brand name on the shirt or add sponsors.  Does not have to be on left sleeve but that is the most common.left-sleeve-print

Side Seam Print – Must be done on a shirt with no side seam (called tubular shirt) used to break from the standard placements.side-seam-print

WKIS Parmalee Shirts

September 19, 2013

Recently did an order for WKIS Country. Its a 2 color plastisol print on Navy Next Level shirts. Great example of the use of the shirt color as part of the design.  Clean, simple, effective.


What are artwork fees?

September 9, 2013

When it comes to t-shirt printing many customers who provide their own artwork may incur artwork fees. In this post we will explain what kind of artwork needs to be cleaned up and why.

Basically if your logo or design is low resolution 72 DPI (web quality)  it will look fine on a website or email, however to print a clean version of it it should be vector or high resolution (300 dpi)  print quality.  If you provide a logo from a website most likely there will be artwork fees to “clean up” the artwork.  The costs will vary depending on how intricate the artwork is,  text will have to be redone and lines redrawn so everything looks crisp when printed.  We charge $30 per hour for artwork design and clean up, and before we do the work we will quote on how much it will be.  We encourage all of our customers to provide print ready artwork if available to avoid artwork fees, however if you need it we can do the work for you in-house at Pylon Press.

Below is an example of artwork for the city of Oakland Park. The left shows an enlarged version of the artwork that the customer supplied, you can see how jagged and difficult to read it is, on the right side we cleaned it up and converted it into a 1 color design as that is what the job called for.


Providing “print-ready” artwork for t-shirt printing

August 27, 2013

We understand that every customer is not a graphic designer or a guru in Photoshop and Illustrator, so we often will supply or clean up artwork for t-shirt designs we print for our customers.

Below are a few guidelines for providing artwork for your t-shirt order.

No artwork at all

If you have no artwork at all and you need us to design something for you we can do that. We charge $30 per hour so the costs will largely depend on how difficult the design is. You can see some our previous work in our artwork page. It would be advised to provide a basic sketch or some images from the web to give us an idea of what kind of design you are looking for, and will make for being charged for less time.

Artwork provided by you

If you or your artist can provide print-ready artwork there will be no artwork charges.
Print ready artwork would be either hi-res 300 DPI actual size (.jpg .gif .tiff .psd)  or Vector artwork (.ai .pdf .eps)
On rare occasions we may need to separate colors for simulated printing or clean up the artwork however we will notify you if this is the case.

Using artwork you already have

If you have a design that is only available in low-resolution (such as a .jpg or .gif pulled from your website) it may need to be cleaned up in order to be printed clear and crisp. This will be $30 per hour and depends on how intricate your design or logo is.  If you can provide a high-resolution version you will save yourself these fees.

That covers most artwork scenarios, you can always email us what you have to work with and we will let you know what the best way to print it will be.

Kenny Wayne Shepherd Merch

August 14, 2013

Recently did some some new merchandise for singer/songwriter Kenny Wayne Shepherd available here.

Designs came out great using 1 hit of plastisol ink for a vintage feel and look.



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Screen Printing vs Direct to Garment vs Sublimation vs Embroidery

July 2, 2013

When it comes to Apparel decorating and printing there are various methods such as Embroidery, Direct to Garment (DTG), Screen Printing, Sublimation, and Heat Press to name a few. Pylon Press is a screen-printing shop only, we know what we are good at and stick to it because screen printing alone is a full-time job for our business and we don’t want to spread ourselves to thin and lose quality that customers have grown accustom to.

Although screen printing is our forte, if it is not right for our customer we will let our customer know and point them in the right direction because we want them happy with the end product. Provided below is an unbiased look at the different print methods available and why they may be right (or wrong) for your job.


direct to garment printing

Direct to Garment (DTG)
/ Digital Printing

Direct to garment is a relatively new method of printing where the artwork is printed directly from a computer connected to the computer, often seen at kiosks in the mall. It requires no set up or screens and it is easy to print just 1 or 2 pieces. However for solid (spot) colors the color will look simulated and not be very bold, and shirts may fade after a few washes.

Conclusion: This is still a very new technology that has a lot of kinks to work out, while it would be a perfect option for a bachelor party shirt worn once, I would not advise these for retail quality prints or shirts you plan on wearing often.

-Usually no setup or minimums – perfect for small runs and samples
-Prints full color images very well and easily with no expensive separations

-Expensive for larger runs
-Solid colors will not look solid
-No Pantone matching
-Fades in wash easily
-Does not print well on dark garments


sublimation printerSublimation Printing:

Sublimation is another form of Digital printing, however designs are printed on large transfer paper and applied to 100% polyester white shirts via heat press.  If the shirt was supposed to be red it will need to be printed on the paper red and the heat will transfer the color into the shirt with no-hand feel. Be aware some areas will not transfer 100% leaving remaining white area near seams and armpit area.

Conclusion:  Useful for  personalized jerseys and small runs of all-over prints, but will be limited to shiny looking polyester shirts.

-Ease of printing all over printing
-No feel to ink
-Usually has low minimums

-Only works on 100% polyester white shirts which greatly reduces the amount of garments available
-Does not fully print in all creases – leaving white blank area on side seams and arm pit area of shirts
-Expensive form of printing


embroidery Embroidery:

Embroidery is basically sewing on shirt, mostly done on high-end polo tees on the left chest, often limited to company logo and name, embroidery is a limited but professional looking option.

Conclusion:  Embroidery is well suited for businesses needing only professional looking 1 color simple Polos.

-Will last for a long time
-Professional looking

-Artwork must be digitized (simplified to so it can be embroidered)
-Limited to a few colors
-Won’t hold small detail



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Screen Printing
(Silk Screening)

Last but not least: Screen Printing, the most tried and true method of printing and still the most popular form today. This is our Specialty at Pylon Press and for a good reason.  Can be used to print bold spot colors, simulated full color photos, and a variety of effects.

Different inks can be uses to achieve different effects, softener  , glow, puff, discharge, water-based inks.

Conclusion: Works well for most applications,  clothing brands, schools, team jerseys, only drawback being that it is involves a tedious set up process which is why shops have minimums to keep the pricing costs effective.

-A well screen-printed shirt will last for years of wear
-Holds small detail
-Vibrant and custom colors
-Very cost effect for large runs
-Lots of effects and additives available
-Full color and simulated color possible
-Prints well and dark and light garments

-Works on all types of material (Nylon, Cotton, Spandex, Polyester, Blends)

-Only cost effective in larger runs (25+)
-Plastisol ink can sometimes have a thicker feels (white ink mostly)

Summer time is here

June 11, 2013

You know what that means… Lemonades, Swimming pools, and time to place a new order of t-shirts.