How Many Colors Can You Use in T-Shirt Screen Printing?

How Many Colors Can You Use in T-Shirt Screen Printing?

Custom T-Shirt Company in Byron Center, MI

How much money have you or your business allocated for spending? You can use as many colors as you wish for t-shirt screen printing. Yet, having more than one color will raise the price of each garment. This is why we often recommend choosing one to three colors for your t-shirt design

Otherwise, the cost of your custom t-shirts may exceed your budget. As a t-shirt printing company, we can help you balance your budget with the integrity of your design.

How Ink Colors Affect Cost

We use custom screens that are negative images of your design (like stencils, but for t-shirts). After we place the screen over the t-shirt, we squeegee the ink through so it only dyes the exposed fabric. If your design calls for more than one color, we use more than one screen. One screen for each color.

It takes time, money, and effort to create custom screens for t-shirt printing. This is why needing more than one screen for your design will increase the cost of your custom tees. It’s also why we only allow bulk orders for t-shirt screen printing

The more custom t-shirts you order, the lower the cost of each garment. This is because no matter how many custom tees you order, you'll always pay the same start-up costs for the screens we make.

How to Save Money

Worried about the cost of making custom t-shirts? You're not alone. Most of our customers have a budget in mind when they see us for t-shirt screen printing. Check out our list of tips to learn how to save money on your next order of custom t-shirts.

  • Simplify Your Design

    Simplify your t-shirt design as much as possible. Sometimes it helps to remember the specific purpose of your custom t-shirts. Are you raising awareness for a cause? Do you want your employees to feel more connected to your company's brand? Also, remember that your message can get lost in too many details. People are more likely to remember simple, yet bold designs.

  • Reduce the Number of Colors

    Ask yourself how many colors you need to maintain the design integrity of your custom tees. Also, remember that you can use the color of the t-shirt itself to help you cut down how many ink colors you need. Does your logo use white? If so, you can print your design on white t-shirts to reduce how many ink colors you need.

  • Increase Your Quantity

    Like we mentioned before, the more shirts you order, the cheaper they will all be in the end. Depending on the design, you can always save extra shirts for the future to use as giveaway items or for recently hired employees to wear.

  • Choose White or Heather Grey Shirts

    You can easily save money by switching from a darker shirt color to a lighter one like white or heather grey. Why is this? These colors are typically priced lower anyway with white being the cheapest. The switch may also cut down on production time depending on the ink colors used.

  • Talk to our Graphic Designers

    We recommend taking advantage of our in-house graphic design services. Our graphic designers can help you create the best t-shirt design for your company, group, or cause. As a t-shirt printing company, you can trust our years of experience.

    We can also adapt your design to fit on water bottles, tote bags, and other promotional items. This is one of the benefits of working with our in-house graphic designers. They know how to take your designs to the next level so you can promote your brand to the right people.

SportingU is a t-shirt screen printing company in Byron Center, MI. To place an order for custom t-shirts and other apparel, call (616) 730-1614. We look forward to hearing from you!

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