As you start to search for a reliable screen-printer, remember to keep these five considerations in mind.
1. How many t-shirts you want to print
One of the first things you’ll need to determine is how many t-shirts you want to be printed. Do you need just a few shirts for employees who are attending a trade show or do you need to place a bulk order for a promotional giveaway or a large event? This number will help narrow down your search as some screen printers will only print promotional t-shirts in bulk.
2. What kind of t-shirt you want to print on
Once you’ve determined how many t-shirts you want to print, you’ll want to start considering which kind of shirt you want to print on. It’s best to work with t-shirt printing providers who offer a wide variety of apparel options so that you can select the right kind of shirt. Make sure your provider can offer multiple options such as short sleeve, long-sleeve, tanks, youth tees, various material options, and a wide range of sizes.
3. Who’s going to design your graphics
Let’s face the facts: if your t-shirt design isn’t top-tier, then it isn’t going to get worn. If you don’t have professional design experience, we recommend working with a graphic designer to help bring your idea to life. Trust us, it is well worth the investment.
Once you have a design finalized, you’ll also want to ensure you’re asking the right questions when vetting promotional t-shirt printers. What kind of printing press do they use? Do they print in-house? The best custom t-shirt printing companies should be able to help you get your graphics ready for printing and be willing to show you t-shirt samples of their previous work.
4. Your timeline
Your custom t-shirts won’t be printed overnight. It takes time to print high-quality promotional shirts. If you need your shirts sooner rather than later, your timeline is important to keep in mind. Most t-shirt printing companies will require a minimum number of production days to turn your order around. As you conduct your search, be sure to always check out their lead times. For instance, here at Out of the Blue, we offer a standard turn-around time of 10 business days once we’ve finalized your graphics. And if you need it sooner than that, you can reach out to us to see if we can help identify a realistic timeline for your project.
5. Your budget
Last but not least, you’ll want to have a budget in mind while you search for screen printing companies. As you start collecting quotes, be wary of businesses that aren’t reputable or seem too good to be true. In fact, it’s best to eliminate the cheapest options when searching for a promotional t-shirt printer. Shirts that are produced at bottom-basement prices will almost always result in poor quality and many cheap t-shirt companies that pop up online have little to no experience.
Find a promotional t-shirt printer today
If you’re ready to start reaching out to printing providers, contact the Out of the Blue team. We are committed to providing unparalleled customer experience and making your screen printing project a success.
Contact us today to get a free quote on your promotional t-shirts.