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Process + Pricing

WHAT IS SCREEN PRINTING?

Screen printing is the printing process most commonly used for high-quality apparel printing where ink is forced through a stenciled screen onto the shirt. Each ink color in the final artwork is created using a different screen to achieve the completed artwork reproduction. In creating custom screen printed t-shirts, it’s also necessary to heat-cure the inks by sending the printed garment through a professional conveyor-belt dryer.

Screen printing is most commonly used when you order custom shirts or other custom apparel printing. Screen printing is also used for some promotional products and high-end paper products such as those beautiful $50 rock posters at your favorite indie rock concert. There are many steps involved in the screen printing process. If you want to learn all about the screen printing process, please read our Basics of Screen Printing blog.

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WHAT FACTORS DETERMINE MY PRICING?

We often get phone calls asking, “How much is it to order custom shirts?” Unfortunately, that’s not a simple question because the screen printing process is complex and the options are practically endless. In screen printing, there are a handful of factors that determine the price when you order custom shirts. Here’s the run-down on those options:

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ARTWORK DETAILS

The number of ink colors and print locations in client artwork determines the complexity of the printing. Each ink color and print location add to the print cost, however the higher the order quantity the lower the cost of each additional ink color and print location. To deliver quality printing, we need print-ready, professional artwork. T-shirt artwork needs to be original, print-ready artwork in Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop. Check out the Art Guidelines for more info or get in touch and we’ll be happy to help design your shirts.

Apparel Style

We work with thousands of apparel styles, each with a different price point. Fabric options include ringspun cotton, cotton-poly blends, triblends, performance poly and more. Shirt styles include various t-shirts, raglans, long sleeves, pull hoodies, zip hoodies and many others. Clients can also choose from American-made, organic and recycled options.

Ink Choice

Our clients can choose from eco-friendly water-based, plastisol, vintage plastisol, or specialty inks, which includes metallics, neons, and glow-in-the-dark. We also offer custom-mixed Pantone colors for both plastisol and water-based inks. Each ink combination has advantages and disadvantages. Please read about the Ink Colors for a complete overview of our ink options.

Order Quantity

We have various price-tiers with corresponding discounts. The higher the quantity, the cheaper the shirts. Our minimum order is just 12 items per design and we have price breaks at 24, 48, 72, 144, 288, 500, 1000, 2500, 5000 and higher.

Size Breakdowns

Your shirt sizes do matter, slightly. Oversized garments larger than XL are always more expensive. We simplify the pricing structure for nearly all styles and charge an additional $2/ea for sizes 2XL & 3XL and an additional $3/ea for sizes 4XL and larger.

Screen Charges

Most print shops charge $20-$50 per screen used in a design. In contrast, we minimize screen fees so most of our clients never even know they exist. We waive the first 2 screen charges at our minimum order of 12. We waive 2 additional screen charges at 24, 48 and 72. And all screen fees are waived at 144 items per design.

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