If you can arm yourself with certain information before getting your garment quote, the process will be a lot smoother for your printer and yourself. We have been doing this a long time and here is a nice guide into questions you will be asked about your project.
How Many do you Need?
For Printing, 12 is usually the minimum order. We will do less than that, but be aware that it takes time and labor to do art, pre-production set up and print the garments. Those processes don’t happen faster because there are fewer shirts to print so fewer shirts can mean higher prices.
For orders of less than a dozen, you may want to consider Digital Transfers.
Printing price breaks occur at 12, 24, 36, 72, 144, 288, garments and so on. Consider ordering a couple extra to achieve a price break. Trying to add a couple later after an order is done is not cost effective.
Know what influences pricing
- How many? The quantity printed with the same logo in the same print area in the same ink color is a determining factor. Styles may be combined for a quantity discount if all of them are getting printed identically. (ie: 24 tees and 12 sweats achieves a 3 dozen price break). 12 garments with one logo and 12 shirts with another logo are 2 different jobs.
- How fast can I get them? Printing is usually 2 weeks with covid-19 concerns right now.
- Is there more than one kind of T-Shirt? Yes. There are many companies and many styles of garments. Please look at our online catalog www.catalogsportswear.com
- Are there different prices for different sizes? Yes. (adult oversize 2X, 3X, etc. incur an additional charge).
- How many ink colors are being printed? Each color to be printed, including black adds to the price This adds to the “per shirt” pricing.
- Where on the garment are you printing? Multiple locations being printed (front, back, sleeve). Each location adds to the price.
- What color inks? We offer over 60 standard ink colors. Pantone matches incur an additional fee of 25.00 per color.
- What if I want different shirts with different inks? Ink Changes within an order will incur an additional fee.
- What do I need for Artwork? If you can provide Vector artwork created in Corel Draw or Adobe Illustrator with fonts converted to outlines/curves, that’s ideal. File types are cdr, ai and eps. Stroke widths should be 6 points minimum at the finished size. Any other format will incur art charges. Remember that jpgs are a copy of the original art, not the actual original. These will require even more work to change to vector and incur art fees.
- Can you put names on garments? Individual lnames or embroidered names are available and priced separately.
- Can you do numbers for teams? Individual Numbering for sports teams is available and priced separately.
- Can I provide my own garments? That’s sort of like going to a restaurant and asking if you can bring your own food, but the short answer is yes… they must be brand new and may incur a service charge.
Know what size the printer can manage
Standard print size is normally 11 by 12 or smaller.