May 20, 2023 3 min read

Screen printing is an excellent way to create custom t-shirts for your business. Whether you own a bakery, restaurant, coffee shop, bar or a any other small business, screen printing can help you create a unique brand identity for your business. To get the most out of your screen print order, we recommend following a few tips and tricks. In this blog post, we'll share some insights and experience on how small businesses and restaurants can make the most of their screen print order.


1. Choose the Right Tee Shirt Material for Your Needs

The first step in making the most of your screen print order is to choose the right tee shirt material that will met your needs. There are many different materials available, including cotton, polyester, and blends. Each material has its own unique properties, such as breathability, durability, and softness. You should choose a material that suits your needs and budget. Keep in mind that the material you choose can affect the quality and longevity of your screen printed design. Fabric weight is a factor as well. For example, A New York deli may want to go with a heavier Gildan 6oz 100% cotton tee or even a light crewneck sweatshirt to keep warm. A burger joint in Texas may want to opt for a Bella Canvas 3.8oz tri-blend tee to keep cool in the hot summer.

2. Design Your T-Shirts Carefully

The next step in making the most of your screen print order is to design your t-shirts carefully. Your design should be appealing, memorable, and relevant to your business. It should also be easy to read and understand. You can use your business logo, a catchy slogan, or a unique graphic to create a design that stands out. Keep in mind that the design should be appropriate for the audience you're targeting.

3. Use High-Quality Images

When designing your t-shirts, you should use high-quality images like vector files (click here to see our write up on submitting files). Low-quality images can result in blurry and pixelated designs, or just won't print at all, putting your project at a standstill (At TM Impressions, we'll double check your art and we can usually just fix it for you if need be). Make sure that the images you use are high-resolution and in the correct file format. It's also essential to ensure that the colors in your design match the colors in your branding. We use Pantone Coated colors for screen print; if you're unsure, we will color match for you for free.

4. Order in Bulk

Ordering in bulk is an excellent way to save money on your screen print order. Many screen printing companies offer discounts for bulk orders. Ordering in bulk also ensures that you have enough tee shirts for your business needs. Keep in mind that most screen printing companies have a minimum order requirement. Our minimum order is 12, but we really recommend 25 or more for a more reasonable price per piece.

     Also keep your number of placements and number of colors in mind. The more colors and placements, the more expensive your order will be. This can be worth it for larger orders where adding an extra color may only amount to a few cents extra per piece, but it can really be a big expense on lower quantity orders. 

5. Work with a Reputable Screen Printing Company

Finally, to make the most of your screen print order, you need to work with a reputable screen printing company. Look for a company that has experience working with small businesses and restaurants. The company should also offer high quality screen printing services at a reasonable price with a turnaround time that you can work with. Be sure to call ahead if you need your tees done by a certain deadline as some shops will be more or less busy depending on the season. You can read online reviews, ask for referrals, and request samples to find a reliable screen printing company.

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In conclusion, screen printing is an excellent, tried-and-true way to create custom tee shirts for your business (dating back to 1969). To make the most of your screen print order, you need to choose the right t-shirt material, design your t-shirts carefully, use high-quality images, order in bulk, and work with a reputable screen printing company. Use these tips and tricks to help create unique and memorable tee shirts that represent your business brand.