This depends on two aspects: the color contents of your design, and where you want to print your design. Screen printing achieves stunning bold colors, by passing each individual color through an individual prepared screen. The printed colors are slightly glossy on top of the umbrella canopy surface. Screen-printing is the most appropriate printing method for simple designs with only a few colors, that are limited to an allowable imprint area. Solid colors only, with no gradients or shades. Screen-printing cost is calculated by both the number of colors used and the number of locations printed, so it becomes more costly the more colors are added to each print location. Screen-Printing can not achieve color gradients.
The 4-color process is a special method of screen printing which uses the essential colors of cyan, magenta, yellow, and key (black). Your design is separated into dots that can achieve unlimited colors and color gradients, but only within the same standard imprint area as with traditional screen printing. 4-Color process is a great alternative to traditional screen-printing, for designs that incorporate many colors and/or color gradients, and are limited to an allowable imprint area (same area as traditional screen-printing). 4-Color process cost is calculated only by the number of locations printed, so it becomes more costly as more print locations are added.
Full-color printing (digital printing) is quite different from screen-printing and the 4-color process. One reason is it allows you to print unlimited colors and color gradients across the entire surface of the umbrella canopy, for full-canopy artwork. The other main reason is that the full-color ink seems to be absorbed by the canopy fabric, while the screen-printed ink seems to form a layer on top of the canopy fabric surface. Full-color printing is the only method able to cover 100% of your umbrella
Yes. It’s part of The/Studio DNA to provide free professional design services for every umbrellas order (with unlimited free edits). What we call a “mockup” is the digital proof, and it’s provided within 1 to 2 business days after payment of your invoice, or in some cases even before you pay. Feel free to approve the mockup (if you are 100% satisfied), or request an edit (if there are any changes you would like to be made).
We put a lot of thought into our prices. Some of the more important variables are quantity, stylistic add-ons, size and “surface area” of the modifications — i.e., how much printing or other graphically-related work does the project require? The person most equipped to give you a price for your product is your sale representative or our useful DIY — both can give you a detailed analysis of your quote and what things featured into our per-item price. Happy hunting!
We do not typically provide a sample photos or shipped samples for your umbrellas order, because the printing methods employed ensure consistency between your mockup and the actual product.
If you would like us to manufacture a sample for your approval before we produce the full order, then extra fees will incur and the turnaround time for your order will increase. We can email you a photo sample of your umbrella for visual approval with an added fee of $50.00, and an increased turnaround time of 6 to 14 days. Or we can provide you with a shipped sample for in-hands tactile approval with an added fee of $125.00, and an increased turnaround time of 9 to 19 days. We do not provide sample orders at discounted pricing. Full order price must be paid before we produce a sample.
We are able to produce most umbrella styles at low minimum quantities, but we highly recommend making a purchase of at least 50 to 100 pieces in order to take advantage of the the price benefits. In fact for most styles, the total order cost for 10 umbrellas is only marginally lower than the total order cost for 50 umbrellas.
For manufactured umbrellas, there are some specialty options with defined MOQ’s, such as uncommon arc sizes, custom number of panels, semi/full-automatic opening features generally have an MOQ of 500 pieces. To include a custom cut canopy edge shape or add a lace fabric around the canopy edge generally requires and MOQ of 100 to 200 pieces.
No, we don’t. If you’re looking for a no-minimum umbrella producer, we’re one of the few folks who do that. Still, we recommend that if you’re going the through trouble to order one, you might as well have a dozen or more made — your sales representative would be happy to show how the per-price unit goes down tremendously after even ten items. That’s because we spread the cost of your unique custom umbrella’s set-up across however many that you order.
That said, if you want something that’s truly one of a kind, you’ve come to the right place. We’ll be happy to make a limited edition run of just one.