Lots of UK businesses use our t-shirt printing service to buy and sell t-shirts online under their own brand, at events, at gigs, or in stores. To help you out we’ve put together some easy-to-follow tips for things like choosing the right printing method, what artwork sells best and which products will get you more for your money. Or, for those of you ordering exclusively to sell online, you can find out about our free, real-time, print-on-demand warehousing and fulfillment service.
1) Choose the right printing method
Your first choice is picking the right printing method. For small orders under 50 items , you’ll want digital printing. Digital or DTG printing is a process where the machine prints directly onto the material. It’s super high-tech and enables you to use loads of colours, gradients and fine detail for a precise finish. It’s the best method if you want a photo printed on a t-shirt and ideal for small orders, or orders with loads of colours. There are no setup or minimums – you can literally order just one at a time if you like – and you can design online for free. If you want to order in large quantities then choose screen printing. The set up times for screen print mean that there is a minimum order size of 50 items, but it’s by far the most economical option once it gets going. It’s ideal for bulk orders of simple designs with only one or two colours. Screenprinting is the way that professional brands manufacture their clothes (many through our factory) and it creates a solid and punchy finish. Whatever method you go for, you can take advantage of some awesome price breaks. So the more you order the cheaper the price.
2) The formula for best-selling artwork
95% of the world’s top global businesses use two colours or less in their branding. Our advice is to go for a single colour print for your design to get maximum impact and the best value for your money.
Another thing to think about the position of your design. The most successful t-shirt designs are often simple chest prints – it’s what people buy. If you’re designing a sleeve or arm print, it’s worth reconsidering…
“A sleeve or neck print probably will not lead to increased sales, but definitely will lead to increased cost.”
For small orders, you can get designing straight away online using our T-shirt Studio. For larger orders you’ll need some artwork prepared in Vector format. It’s simple to put together using editing software like Adobe Illustrator. Stick to these rules and get creative – remember, designing a t-shirt can be awesome fun. If you want to get 50+ items with the same design, you can get a screenprinting quote now.
3) Use one of our templates
If you need a little help with art there are loads of free t-shirt design templates you can use on our site to get started. If you’re using them to order t-shirts online from us, you’re welcome to adapt and use for your order – it’s why we made them. Go ahead and give them a try in the T-shirt Studio if you’re stuck for design ideas.
4) Mix and match your order
When you use our screen printing service, you can mix and match products with the same design. This means you can order more of the more popular colours or sizes, and less of others – or try out different product styles and colours.
“With screen printing, as long as the design stays the same, the products can change”
If you have seasonal ranges you can order more hoodies and sweats for winter and more vests and tees for summer. Being clever with your product choices help your budget stretch further.
5) Ordering to sell online? Try Teemill
If you’re selling exclusively online, we recommend looking at our real-time, print-on-demand warehousing and fulfillment service that lets you build and develop your own brand and sell more t-shirts online. It’s called Teemill. When you make a sale using Teemill we print and ship it directly to your customer and send you the profit at the end of the month. It’s easy to get going and gets rid of things like ordering up front and holding stock. And the best bit? Teemill is free.
6)Use different services at the same time
Lots of brands use both Teemill and our UK t-shirt printing service to really boost their sales. With Teemill you can try out new t-shirt designs without having to invest in any stock, and if they sell – great! You can then use to place a wholesale order for your best sellers to sell in-store or at an event.