Process printing is best used for artwork with high amounts of detail or color. While the print will still be vibrant and highly detailed, you will lose some elements of detail from what you see on your computer screen to the printed design itself.
What is process printing and when should I use it?
If you are printing a complex design such as a photograph, or complex artwork with lots of shading, and want to retain the best amount of detail, process printing is the best way to go. We also recommend using lighter colored shirts for this type of printing.
This is the print style that you will want to use when you have a full color design or a photograph. We are huge fans of Simulated Process Printing in these situations, versus Four Color Process. We know that we can get better results every time with Simulated Process. But every design is unique, so it’s best that you show your Customer Account Specialist the artwork and they can tell you the best way to print it!
Due to the difficulty involved there is a Simulated Separation Artwork fee to get your artwork ready for printing.
Original art is Detailed & Vibrant
Highly detailed print will lose some Detail & Vibrancy
Process Printing FAQs
What is the difference between Four Color Process and Simulated Process printing?
Four Color Process printing, also known as CMYK, uses only 4 colors to achieve your photorealistic image (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black). This process is typically performed on white or light colored garments and will not produce prints with a high amount of color detail.
Simulated Process printing goes above and beyond Four Color Process by blending in standard spot colors to achieve high amounts of photorealistic detail. This process works well on both light and dark colored garments. (Note: We’re really good at this. Take a look at the photos Below.)
How do I know which process to use with my unique artwork?
Don’t worry, let us decide! We’re experts in this category and want you to have the best experience and the best product possible. We are trained to determine the best method of printing for your unique design.
Are there any fees or restrictions with Process Printing?
Yes. Photorealistic and complex designs require time and attention to re-create. The following fees and restrictions apply:
Setup Fee: Minimum $75 to separate the colors in your artwork.
Minimum Quantity: Depends on how many colors per design.
Loss of Detail: Some detail will be lost from the original artwork. Read more about this above.
Warning: Loss of Detail
When the human eye is up very close to the printed image, it will be able to see these tiny dots. Your image will lose some detail when printing with halftones.
What are halftones and when should I use this method?
Halftones are small dots blended in a printed design that vary in size and space to create the effect of smooth, full-color imagery. If your artwork contains gradients or complex detail (such as a photograph), halftones are a great solution.
Can I save money by using halftones?
If you want to save money by simulating multiple colors – you have the option to use one color with halftones. Example: Use one red base color and by creating halftones on part of the image, it will look like you have both a dark red and light red.