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Process + Pricing


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.

Process + Pricing Process + Pricing


The screen printing process is complex with many variables. Here’s the run-down on the aspects that influence price:


Each ink color and print location add to the print cost. 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.


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.


Our clients can choose from water-based, plastisol, vintage plastisol, or specialty inks, which include metallic, neon, 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.


The higher the quantity, the cheaper the shirts. Our minimum order is just 36 items per design, and we have various price breaks you can take advantage of.


Your shirt sizes do matter. Garments larger than XL typically cost a bit more to account for the extra material required to make them. A wide range of garment sizes can also impact other aspects of your order, like the print-readiness of your art, # of screens, and print locations.


No one likes getting slapped with fees. Most print shops charge $20-50 per screen used in a design – but not us! Our base pricing bakes in the cost of here-and-there fees, so you can focus on the big picture.