Chances are, if you’re reading this page you’d like to do a little more than print a one colour logo on your custom umbrella. We’re guessing you’d like to print all over the entire umbrella canopy, or over multiple panels, right? There are a few things you should consider before you start designing your own custom umbrella.
Choose Your Umbrella Style
- Most umbrellas, such as golf, stick and telescopic umbrellas have eight panels
- Very small, or compact umbrellas only have six panels
Tip! If you’d like to print in full colour, or use a detailed pattern that will require heavy ink coverage, choose a golf umbrella or a stick umbrella. With telescopic (aka folding) umbrellas, the canopy gets all folded up when you collapse it, so heavy ink coverage will not fare well over time. You can still do an all-over print on a folding umbrella, but keep it light.
Umbrella Printing: The Basics
When printing all over an entire umbrella canopy, we first print the individual fabric panels, then sew them together to make the canopy. After that the canopy is strung onto the umbrella frame. Depending on the design, “pattern matching” may be required if you have lines or shapes that need to connect from panel to panel.
Each time we have a unique, or different, panel design, new print screens need to be made. Why are we telling you this? Because making print screens impacts cost, and you may want to adjust your design depending on the size of your print run: Are you planning to print 100 umbrellas, or 3,000 umbrellas?
If you’re going to do a small print run of 100 umbrellas, you may want to limit the number of unique panel designs somewhat, or try repeating your design on multiple panels. This will keep your umbrella looking flashy, while only requiring a few print screens. On the other hand, if you’re going to print more than a couple hundred umbrellas, go crazy!
Stock Umbrella Fabric Colours & Pantone Matching
We have over 100 different umbrella fabric colours in our inventory, and can usually match your corporate colours exactly. Alternatively, if you have a specific PMS colour you’d like matched, we can do that too – not just for canopy fabric, but also for frames and handles. Minimum order for PMS matching umbrella canopies is 500 units as we need to dye an entire bolt of umbrella fabric to do this.
Free Umbrella Design Templates
For your convenience, here are some downloadable umbrella design templates to get you started. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions – we’re here to help! Also, remember you can email us for a free custom umbrella design.