Screen Printing Pricing
“How much will that cost?” is something we hear quite often, and we understand – you want to know how much it will cost to create your design and put it on a shirt for all to see. However, we can’t quote your job until we know a few important details. We’ve listed out the biggest factors that will affect your final price. This information is necessary to finalize your quote.
Print Minimums & Order Quanties
The more shirts in your order, the lower your overall cost will be. Our minimum order is 24 shirts – we don’t really have a maximum order (depending on the turnaround time requested.) At certain quantities, price breaks will go into effect simply because we’re optimizing the efficiency of our set up and production time. During the quote process, we’ll let you know if you are near one of those price breaks as to help you determine if you should order more or less. We do take orders less than 24 pieces, however, there is a $3.50 charge per missing piece. For example, if you only want 20 shirts, there will be a charge of $3.50 x 4 = $14.
Due to set-up and production time orders for 1-24 total shirts have the following print options:
– One or two color front design; No back design (or)
– One color front and one color back design
Shirt quality and fabric
One of the biggest drivers of price will be the garment you decide to print on. We carry a range of different shirt options, allowing you to choose a fabric and style based on your specific needs and budget. Are you looking for soft and comfy? Economical? For a race or special event? Work shirts for your company? We’ll offer you a few choices, often with the ‘good, better, best’ approach. 100% cotton will cost less than tri-blend fabrics. Polyester has different options and styles that range in price. Also, some brands tend to cost more than others. And, as you can imagine, the nicer the shirt quality, the more expensive your overall cost will be. The good news is we’ve sourced some fantastic options in all budget categories. We have a few specific best sellers that are popular because they hit the ‘budget friendly’ mark and offer a great final product.
Number of colors/inks
Simply put, the more colors you want, the more your final cost will be. You’ll often hear terms like ‘one color’ and ‘two color’ and that simply refers to the number of inks, or colors, you have in your design. (Helpful hint: The most budget friendly design is one color dark ink that is printed on a white or light colored shirt.) Why? Because darker fabrics require a ‘base’ in order to get lighter colors to ‘pop’ off of it. So, even though you may have a one color design, if you are printing it on a dark fabric, you’ll need to also factor in a base, which is essentially another color. Every new color you add to your design – whether it’s significant part of the design or single dot – requires a new screen and set-up going into production. The most popular designs tend to be one, two, or three colors.
Will your design just be on the front of the shirt? Will you also be printing on the back or sleeve? The number of locations (typically front and back) will also factor into final pricing. If your design has a front and back design, it requires two press set ups, which results in a higher final price. If budget is a big factor, one thing to consider is keeping your design to one print location. If your design requires two print locations (and many do) but you’re on a budget, we recommend having at least one of the locations be a single ink color. (Remember, the fewer the ink colors, the lower your cost.)
Specialty inks and embellishments
If your design requires shimmer, glitter, foil or you would like to use water-based inks for your design, this is something to let us know as well. These require a special process and will increase your final price.