When it comes to design, less is more
A simple message can be more powerful than a complex design. Many of the most popular t-shirts we print are just awesome slogans on a coloured background. Simple, single colour artwork is also great value when you choose screenprinting – the more you order the better the price. For maximum impact at minimal cost go for a single colour print on a white tee.
Do you actually need to buy stock upfront?
Modern technology is making it possible to completely change the way that t-shirts are sold online. Lots of people use printers to source tees for resale under their own brand, which means ordering up front and holding stock. To make this easier we designed Teemill: a real time, print-on-demand warehousing and fulfillment service that lets you to build your own t-shirt store and sell personalised products online. When you sell a product using Teemill we print and ship it direct to your customer and send you the profit at the end of the month. It’s super easy to get going. Teemill is free.
Don’t mix up value and cost
Quality is a big factor for customers and cheapest is not always best. Nowadays people expect t-shirts to be made from materials that are less harmful to the environment and made in a more sustainable way. Whilst you can cut costs on quality in return for a tiny difference in initial sales – the custom really cares. Incredible products keep customers coming back time and again for repeat orders. Whereas budget products keep customers coming back for all the wrong reasons like washcare, fit and comfort. And at carton rates, there’s less than a pound difference between a certified organic cotton product and one that’s built on a budget. There’s only one choice. That’s one of the main reasons we choose to use certified organic materials instead of the usual synthetics.
Which printing method is right for you?
Firstly, let’s bust some jargon. DGT means Direct To Garment. This method uses a digital printer and uses gradients, full colour 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. If you want to order in large quantities then choose screen printing. There’s a small set up charge but it’s the most economical option once it gets going. It’s ideal for bulk orders of simple designs with only one or two colours – and the more you order the cheaper the price.
Artwork saves time and improves quality of a custom design
If you want your print to come out just the way you imagine it, investing a little extra time in your artwork prep is the way forward. There are two types of art for two types of printing. Screenprint is used for orders over 50 items and digital print is used for shorter runs under 50. The best format for screenprinting artwork is Vector format. Vector artwork is created in a program like Adobe Illustrator and saved as a .Ai or .Pdf. It’s needed for screen printing as Vector doesn’t pixellate and the print will have a sharp finish. Don’t worry if you’re not a design wizard though. Order with us and our in-house designers can help you out to get the best result.
Don’t limit yourself to just t-shirts
Think about whether t-shirts are the best option for your needs. Hoodies might be more appropriate for a winter or school leavers events. Tote bags are great as a giveaway. We have thousands of different products in stock now ready for printing including sweaters, vests, baseball tees.
So what’s the best tip for ordering and designing t-shirts online? It’s meant to be fun. It’s an awesome feeling cracking open your order and seeing your custom designs for the first time. We have a quick turnaround once you’re ready to order so you won’t be waiting for long (for small runs we can do next day delivery to UK mainland addresses). Make sure to take a snap when your order arrives and share with @uktshirtprinting – we love seeing our customers with their new merch.