Budget-friendly Tips for Custom T-Shirts
Budget-friendly Tips for Custom T-Shirts
I'm on a budget. How do I get the most for my money?
Our pricing is based on the following factors:
· Shirt style
· Quantity of shirts ordered
· Number of colors in design
· Number of imprint locations
In order to keep your costs as low as possible, we recommend the following tips:
1. White colored t-shirts rather than colored shirts
Printing on colored, especially dark or black, garments requires a pre-treatment and white underbase. This white underbase enhances the colors of your design, making them brighter and more vibrant. This crucial step is the reason why colored shirts generally cost more than white ones.
2. Short-sleeve t-shirts rather than any other garments
Certain styles such as long sleeve shirts, pocket tees, and colored t-shirts are more expensive. If such features are not as important to you, why choose them? A white short-sleeve t-shirt looks great and is durable and perfect for any occasion! Check out our wide selection of short-sleeve t-shirts.
3. Larger quantities to receive quantity discounts
At DingDingShirts.com, the more shirts you order, the lower your price per shirt. We offer discounts starting as low as quantity 6 (10%), and the percent discount only increases as your quantity increases. To help you take advantage of these great offers, we have a complete breakdown of our quantity discounts on every product page. So, when you’re picking your sizes, just glimpse down below to see if you can get a larger discount. For example, if you’re planning on ordering 5 shirts, why not order 1 more to get a discount? Every little bit counts!
For Numbers 1-3 above, you can verify this by using our Quick Quote feature. Choose your product and product color, indicate the number of colors you wish to print on the front and/or back of your shirt, and pick your sizes. Get an Instant Quote now!
4. Fewer imprint colors
A separate screen is required for each color printed on each side of a shirt. By keeping the number of colors in your designs to a minimum, you will also keep your price per shirt as low as possible.
A few examples on how to use fewer imprint colors in your designs:
Multiple colors– When dealing with designs with multiple colors, try to simplify your design by selecting fewer colors. With our free design templates and clip art, you can re-assign colors using the panel on the left-hand side of the Design Studio screen. Simply click on the piece of clip art or element of the design template and change its color(s).
For instance, if the template you have chosen has both yellow and gold in the design, change all the gold-colored elements to yellow (or vice versa); this simple tip will decrease the number of colors from 2 and 1 and will lower your price per shirt.
Gradients– Designs with gradients (i.e., 3D effect) have many shades to them; because each shade is a different color, each requires its own individual screen. Full-color designs as such can be quite costly to print. To keep costs low, avoid using gradients or shading in your designs. Instead, opt for single solid colors.
Background colors– If your artwork has a background color to it, remove it to lower your number of imprint colors. When working with our design templates and/or clip art, simply select the color choice for NONE (the white box with a red slash through it). This will remove your background color and make it transparent/the color of the garment.
** Special Ding Ding Tip **
You don’t need tons of colors to make your artwork stand out. To keep costs low and still spice things up, you can add additional clip art or text to your design. Just make sure the clip art and text is not of an additional color and is on the same side of the shirt as the rest of your image. Also, check out the Distressed effect (free of charge!) in our Design Studio to add a vintage feel to your t-shirt.
Also, if you need to print a specific color (i.e., brand standard), we can do this FREE of charge! Click here for details.
5. Fewer imprint areas
Similar to the issue of imprint colors, if you choose to design both the front and back of your garment, each side requires a separate set of screens per imprint color. As such, we suggest only designing one side of your t-shirt. If you wish to design both sides, you can still lower your costs by minimizing the number of colors used.
6. E-mail us at email@example.com if you are unsure about what to do to lower your costs. We are here to help!
Please remember that these are just suggestions to help you save money. Do not feel restricted at all by the tips mentioned here. Ultimately, we at DingDingShirts.com want you to create the shirts of your dreams. So, if it means spending a few cents more per shirt, then it’s worth it to create custom t-shirts that you will treasure and enjoy for years to come.