WHAT IS LETTERPRESS PRINTING?Letterpress printing is a centuries-old relief printing process that requires the setting of type or image blocks into a press to create a print, just the way grandpa Johannes Gutenberg used to do it. It's a process that may seem antiquated to some, but modern printing has yet to replicate the distinct look and feel of a letterpress print. The impression, or "bite", of a letterpress print is what makes it set apart from any other style of printing. We still use the antique letterpress blocks on some prints, but a majority of our prints are made using relief plates made of photopolymer that allow us to imprint detailed digitally-created designs.
WHAT IS SCREENPRINTING?Screen printing is a repeatable, pressure-based printing process that prints one color at a time by pulling ink through a frame fitted with a silk screen. Most people are familiar with screen-printed garments, but we can screen print posters, chairs, outdoor signage, hats, notebooks, and much more. In fact, we're always exploring new things to print on. Have an idea? Let us know!
DO YOU OFFER DIGITAL PRINTING?Nope. What can we say? Our hearts belong to old-school printing. As our front door says “This ain’t Kinko’s.”
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE?Our Schop motto is “Live Fast, Print Slow” for a reason. Since we print everything by hand, you can expect it to take longer than your box chain printer, but that's what makes it look a whole lot better. Printing can take anywhere from ½ day to a few weeks depending on the size and scope of the project. We will be sure to give you an estimate when we begin your project.
HOW DO I GET MY ITEMS AFTER THEY ARE PRINTED?You can pick it up directly from us or we can arrange to have it shipped to you. We can also arrange delivery in select circumstances within the San Marcos - Austin corridor (or if you live near a really good BBQ joint.)
DO WE HAVE ORDER MINIMUMS?Yes, our order minimum for most screen printed and letterpressed orders is 50, excluding special orders for items like custom signage.
CAN I MAKE A SHIRT OUT OF THIS PICTURE I FOUND ON THE INTERNET?We take pride in creating original work that both us and our clients would be proud to show off. We love inspiration, though! Feel free to send us your Pinterest pages, Instagram accounts, or pictures you took at the flea market. Printing other artists’ or designers’ work without their permission just ain’t right, and copying their designs stroke for stroke is just as bad. We won’t do that to them, and we hope they won’t do that to us, either.
WHAT DESIGN FILES DO YOU ACCEPT?Please send us your files in one of the following print-ready formats: Adobe Illustrator (.AI) Adobe Photoshop (.PSD) Adobe InDesign (.INDD) or .EPS Any other design files might incur a File Prep Fee if they are not in a print-ready format. If your image file or artwork does not come to us in a print-ready format, we can convert it to print-ready for a fee. Fees start at $25 and depend on the quality and size of the file. (The higher the quality of the file, the better.) If you are unsure about what file type you have, please feel free to ask us. We're happy to help!
OUR DESIGN PROCESS1. Let's meet! We get together and talk about what you're thinking and come up with a design plan and scope for your project. 2. We Send You an Estimate We'll e-mail you an estimated total cost of the project for you to approve. 3. Contract and Deposit Time Once your estimate is approved, we'll send over a deposit request that is payable online, as well as a client contract. Both the client contract and deposit must be received before we are able to begin any design or print work. The remainder payment will be due at the time your project is turned over to you, either physically or digitally. 3. The Fun Part Once the deposit is received, we get to doodling! Depending on the size and scope of the project, this can take anywhere from a week to over a month. We'll give you a projected date when the estimate is provided. The projected date is our goal, and depending on revisions/additions, can change. We communicate with you every step of the way. 4. Artwork Approval We'll send over a proof for your approval and ask for any final edits or changes. We require an email confirmation that the proof is approved in order to begin production on any prints or to submit digital files. Please be sure to check over your proof carefully, as changes after this step can incur additional charges. Any changes requested after your final approval is given will incur additional design fees. If changes are requested after printing has begun, any re-purchase of blank goods will be at the expense of the client. 5. (Optional) Print Time If your design project is going to print, this is the next step! Since we print everything by hand, you can expect it to take longer than your box chain printer, but that's what makes it look a whole lot better. Printing can take anywhere from ½ day to a few weeks depending on the size and scope of the project. We will give you a time estimate once your proof is approved. 7. Final Payment Payment is due the day you receive your digital files/ printed goods, or when they are shipped. We will email the remaining invoice to you and, once payment is received, you may pick up your goods or we will e-mail the shipment tracking number to you. 8. YEAH BUDDY! You are now the proud owner of something no one else has! Who can even say that? Crack your favorite beverage of choice, enjoy your custom project, and humble brag to all your friends and family.
Okay, so I have this crazy idea, I want to make...
Say no more. We love trying new things and we'll print on anything that will sit still long enough to get ink on it. Hit us up, and let's get weird.
I want to learn how to screen print and/or letterpress. Does The Workschop do workshops?
Yes! We currently offer mobile screen printing workshops, and soon hope open our doors to those interested in learning the basics of letterpress in the near future. If you’d like more information about our screen printing workshops, send us a message via our contact page.
Can I come visit The Schop?
Sure! Come nerd out over letterpress stuff with us, talk about a project or just come say hi. Send us a message or give us a call, and we'll set up a time for you to come to check things out!
Do you do live printing pop-ups?
Yep, we can take this show on the road! We have a mobile screen printing booth that we can bring to your event and print onsite for your attendees. Contact us for details and pricing.
What's with the name?
The Workschop is a play on the word "workshop" and our last name, Schweke. No, we don't chop meat in here. Yes, we know how to spell (most of the time).