[INFO] Printing Processes

  • Cards

Greeting Cards are printed on our Durst Theta and bonded to high quality 200gsm card for the best internal writing surface, then creased and packed with an envelope. They come ready to write on, give away or just admire.

  • T-Shirts

We spent months scouring the world for the best quality t-shirts that were strong, stylish and sweat-shop free, we found them in American Apparel. Manufactured in downtown LA, their quality cuts look great on both men and women. We’re starting small, and only offering eight colours to start with (White, Blue, Green, Grey, Lemon, Olive, Pink, Red and Silver), but don’t worry as more colors and styles aren’t far behind.

You choose the size, colour and the design, and we print direct-to-garment. The shirt is then heat pressed to cure the inks, elegantly folded and then slipped into a plastic bag to be shipped. It’s sealed with a RedBubble sticker naming the work and the artist that designed it.

Direct to garment printing is a style of printing where designs are printed directly onto the t-shirts. The direct to garment printer is an industrial version of traditonal ink jet printing technology (think of the ink jet printer you have at home). This allows a wide range of colours to be laid down very quickly. One of the things we really like about this printing technology is that the t-shirts retain their soft feel – they don’t have that plastic feel that some printing processes can leave.

  • Wall Art

The first step is to print the image on a Durst Theta (using Kodak Professional Photo Paper) from the original file uploaded by the artist. It’s then professionally checked, and only goes onto the next stage if it looks great. If it doesn’t, then it gets tweaked for color, density and sharpness. Only great looking prints will ever get beyond this stage. From here the print goes into one of three finishing processes.

  • Laminating

This is a two sided hot laminate process after which the print goes straight into packing for delivery.

  • Mounting

The print is mounted onto a base material called ‘Gator’ board, we seriously love this stuff! It’s by the far the easiest way to put art on your walls – very light, very strong, doesn’t warp and doesn’t ding. Once the print is bonded to the gator, we gloss laminate the front surface, apply a black edging and add a hanger on the back. So you don’t forget what you’ve bought, there’s a sticker with the artists name and the title of the work also on the back. Then it’s packed in bubble wrap and into a box for delivery.

  • Posters

Posters are printed with a 5mm white border.

They’re printed on durable 180GSM matte stock. These posters are water-proof, which we discovered when James “washed” one in the sink. Although the print survived surprisingly well, we recommend ordering new posters in preference to scrubbing them under a faucet.

  • Framing

These are the créme of the crop and look stunning in any environment. Each print is bonded to a foam core base, while the matte is cut on a big digital cutter and then sandwiched into the frame with super clear acrylic ‘glass’. We use conservation grade matte board which is acid free and pH buffered. The finished frame has a sticker on the back with the artists name and the title of the work. Wrapped in bubble-wrap and then packed in our custom boxes to make sure it gets there safe and sound.

  • Canvas

We’re using Canson Canvas, an Epson printer and Epson pigment inks to ensure a quality product that will look great and last forever. All canvas prints have a water-based clear lacquer applied to them as a UV barrier and to protect the canvas prints from scuffing. It also makes them easier to clean! Mounted on gatorboard (as opposed to chipboard which can bend and flake over time) for a sturdy frame.

  • About Gator Board

Much stronger than foamcore, but about the same weight. Rigid polystyrene foam core laminated between two face veneers of resin-impregnated wood fiber for use in displays, photo mounting, and much more. Provides an ideal combination of minimal weight and high load capacity.

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