Process (Simulated) Apparel Printing

Mimic photos, gradients and complex images

Process (Simulated) Apparel 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 1 time setup fee to get your artwork ready for printing.

Examples of Simulated Process Printing

  • Threadbird process apparel printing style 6
  • Threadbird process apparel printing style 3
  • Threadbird process apparel printing style 1
  • Threadbird process apparel printing style 2
  • Threadbird process apparel printing style 4
  • Threadbird process apparel printing style 5

Process Printing FAQs

What is the difference between Four Color Process and Simulated Process?

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 above.)

How do I know which process to use with my unique artwork?

Dont' worry, let us decide! We're experts in this category and want you to have the best experience and the best product possible. Our Customer Account Specialists 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: $50 per hour to separate the colors in your artwork. Your Customer Account Specialist can quickly tell you how many hours your art will take to separate.
  • Minimum Quantity: 100 Total Garments per Design.
  • Loss of Detail: Some detail will be lost from the original artwork. Read our Process Printing Warnings Page for more information.