Do you need a custom designed product for your organization or maybe a special and unique gift for someone?
Just email us through the link under “Getting Started” below
so we can see what we can do for you!
About Our Printing Process
We currently use a process called “Sublimation” to print images on a wide variety of products or substrates; from apparel items to plaques to mugs and even ornaments and puzzles, just to name a few. The way we do this is by printing a digital image using special sublimating transfer inks onto specially designed transfer paper. Once the image is on the paper, it’s then placed under a heat press on top of a polyester or poly coated item (substrate). At 400oF, the ink turns into a gaseous state and the image is permanently transferred to the item.
If you have a great idea for a design but lack the time or expertise to create a digital rendition of it, then we can help you with that! We’ve partnered with several highly qualified graphic artists and designers who are more than capable of bringing your ideas to life. The design fee for an original piece runs approx. $40 per hour and we will give you an estimation on the cost from the designer before any work is ever started. Also, since the designers are contracted by Crab Zone and we know everyone is on a budget, we will not inflate your design fee and will only pass on the actual cost to you as it came from the designer. Upon request, we will provide you with an electronic copy of your artwork but we’ll also maintain a copy for you in our archives.
There are some limitations to sublimation printing that you should be aware of. The first is that we cannot print “white” as a color because there is no white sublimation ink. Sublimation ink uses the colors of Cyan, Yellow, Magenta and Black to create the full spectrum of colors when printing images. Keeping this in mind, if your image has portions of it that are “white” in color, that space will be void of color when printed with the exception of possibly some grey shading for definition. You can get a better idea of what this means by looking at the printed example of the white feathers on the head of a bald eagle. When it was printed on a heather-blue blue shirt, the color of the shirt shows through where the white space was. On this image, you’re still able to tell what the overall picture is based on the grey shading of the feather’s definition and surrounding colors.
The second limitation is the type of materials which can be sublimated. This process works best with light-colored polymer-coated substrates, or 100% white polyester garments. You cannot sublimate onto cotton or dark fabrics. It is possible to print on colored garments, but keep in mind that since the ink bonds with the individual fibers of the material, the transferred image will take on the shade of the shirt color below it. It’s also possible to print on a mostly polyester garment but should never drop below 65% unless the “look” is supposed to be faded and worn.
What We Print On
We have a few different shirt options and several colors to choose from (Standard Shirt Options and Badge Options). We are able to sublimate mugs, slates, koozies (for photos click HERE). We are also able to get items laser engraved, such as glasses and flasks. Additionally we offer embroidery, such as hats and polos. If you’re interested in something specific, just email us through the “Getting Started” form below and ask about it. Since we’re constantly working to update our website with more products, we may not have been able to load it yet.
Several factors go into the pricing of your custom product. When you select a “blank” product to be customized, we’ve already included the material cost for the actual item, ink, paper and average printing time in order to simplify the process. The only factor left to be considered is the cost of any graphic work, shipping cost and sales tax for Florida customers.
The design fee for an original piece runs approx. $40 per hour. We will provide you with an estimate on the cost from the designer before any work is ever started. An average time to create a complex custom design has been 4-6 hours. Once you’re ready to give the designer a “thumbs-up” to begin working on your original art piece, an artist deposit is required of which $40 is nonrefundable.
We are happy to accept print-ready designs which must be a minimum of 300 pixels/inch. However, any requirements for us to convert an actual drawing/painting/graphic into the correct size format or make any modification edits to your artwork will need to be completed by an artist and their rates begin at $40 per hour.
Additional costs include personalization (individual names on each shirt for example) at $1 per name and additional edits or change of design once the artist has already completed two edits.
Factors which do not affect the pricing are the number of colors used within an image and the quantity ordered.
If you’re ready to get started or would like to discuss your project further, please fill out and submit the form below. One of our team members will contact you regarding specific details. *Please note most shirt projects take about 4-6 weeks before the project is complete and ready to leave our store. This is dependent upon the information we are given, color/brand/sizes and complexity of artwork. *