We provide answers to your t-shirt printing questions here. Find out how much t-shirt printing costs, when we’re open, what is our minimum order quantity, etc. If you can’t find the answer for your question, please call us at: 918-899-0962 or fill out our contact form.
The prices vary, but typically we are looking at between $6 and $12 per shirt.
The variables that determine the cost are:
- The number of colors in the design (more colors = more cost)
- The quality of the t-shirt (we can recommend excellent t-shirts for economy, standard and premium t-shirts)
- The color of the shirt (light vs dark color shirt)
- The number of t-shirts that you order (the more you order the less cost per shirt)
Monday thru Friday
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Yes, we use a heat-press process for vinyl athletic numbering and names.
No, we do not keep a stock of blank garments for sale. We only sell items that we have printed.
No, we print on textiles. We can print on bags, linen napkins, etc. Basically, things made of fabric.
Sorry, we do not print on client-supplied garments. We have a wide variety of garments available here.
In our standard screen printing service we use plastisol ink. This is the tried and true ink that has been used in apparel screen printing for decades. Plastisol really started to dominate apparel screen printing in the early 70s. It offers a durable, vivid print that will last for years on your garment. Plastisol is very versatile screen printing ink as well. With the proper use of certain additives, plastisol can have a very soft feel, and can be printed on finicky materials such as vinyl and spandex. Special effects, such as puff ink and foil decorations, are also available when using plastisol ink.
Plastisol is a thermoplastic ink, which means that it must be heated to a high temperature, usually between 200 and 320 degrees, to properly adhere to fabric. This is a consideration when deciding what fabric your garments are made of. They should be able to endure the heat curing without discoloration or distortion.
One trap that we’ve seen many people run into when choosing a traditional plastisol print is making the design “bulletproof.” This means that the t-shirt design has been created to be large and have no areas where the shirt fabric can be seen within the design. A large, opaque design using plastisol ink can have issues with comfort, because it traps heat and moisture against the wearers skin.
We can help you avoid these pitfalls with our design services or with the use of other inks, such as water based and discharge inks.
We’ll cover those options below.
– Water based
Water-based screen printing inks were the primary inks used in garment printing before the 1970s. There has been a resurgence in water-based screen printing ink recently. Water-based inks are eco-friendly and easily cleaned using water, rather than chemical solvents.
One advantage of water-based inks in apparel printing is comfort. When applied to a t-shirt, for example, the ink feels lighter on the shirt than plastisol. It also feels softer to the touch. New water-based ink are also able to achieve a more vibrant color than the inks in the past. Because water-based ink absorbs into the garment, the colors will generally look less opaque than plastisol inks, which usually sits on top of the fabric.
Water-based inks are cured by water evaporation. After the ink has evaporated, what is left is the pigment from the ink that is soaked into the garment. These inks work best on 100% cotton garments, because of the absorption quality of cotton. Poly blend garments can also be printed but will look less opaque than cotton garments.
If you are looking for a vintage look and feel to your custom t-shirts, water-based inks on a poly blend shirt is a great option. A retro look comes naturally to this combo.
If you’ve felt a black t-shirt and the design printed on the shirt feels exactly the same as the shirt fabric, that’s likely a discharge ink print.
Discharge ink works by “bleaching” the shirt color out of the shirt and replacing it with the ink color. The ink discharges the ink from the shirt.
This type of printing only works on 100% cotton garments, and only on dark colors. Some dark shirt colors work better than others. Royal blue and purple can be troublesome for discharge inks.
The major advantage of using a discharge ink is the color-fastness and soft feel of the print. The design is set into the fabric and will not ever wash out. It’s a part of the shirt now. The fact that the ink has re-colored the t-shirt fabric, rather than sitting on top, means that the design will be as comfortable and treatable as the fabric itself.
Some great shirts can be designed and printed using the discharge process.
We get this question a lot because we haven’t posted our address on the website. At this point, our print shop is located at our home. We have all of the same capabilities available as any other shop, but we do not yet carry the overhead of a building. This allows us to provide our top-quality printing at an affordable price. We can definitely meet you here if you’d like to have a look at the shop, or anywhere else to review your order. Just let us know what works for you!
Yes, you can change the ink color on a print run. There is $10.00 color change fee for this.
Our minimum order is 24 pieces. We can mix up the 24 pieces by garment color/type as long as the print is the same for each garment. For example, you can order 12 short sleeve t-shirts and 12 long sleeve, as long as we’re using the same print on the total order.