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How to Order Screen Printed Shirts


Ordering screen printed shirts can be a daunting task for the uninitiated. Whether you’re ordering for personal use, a business, or an organization, understanding the process of ordering screen printed T-shirts is essential to ensure a successful and satisfying outcome. This article will guide you through the process and point out some areas for consideration before placing an order.

Evaluating Your Design

The first thing to look out for in the design process is the number of colors and the number of locations. Screen printing uses one screen for each color– as the number of colors increases, so will the number of screens which will contribute to a rise in price. The price will also increase as you place your design in multiple locations, such as the front, the sleeves, the back, etc. Let’s work this out with an example:

An extremely popular shirt choice is the BELLA+CANVAS 3001. Ordering 100 shirts of that model with a one color design in one location would be $9.64 per shirt, $963.64 for the entire order. That same case but with a four color design would be $11.71 per shirt, $1,190.91 for the entire order. As you can see, the number of colors has a big impact on the overall cost. Printing in multiple locations will have a similar effect.

Once you have a completed design, the second thing to consider is the file format. Local screen printing shops will prefer .ai, .eps, .cdr or .pdf file formats. If you don’t have the ability to submit your design in one of these formats, most shops will help you convert the design into a suitable format, but there will often be a fee included for this service.

Choose Quality T Shirts

The first step in creating a great screen printed T-shirt is selecting a quality canvas. Consider factors such as fabric type, color, and style. Whether your shirts are for personal or professional use, you want your garments to be infinitely wearable. This means selecting a shirt and materials that will maintain its comfortability and a sharp design after multiple designs. Local screen printing shops are full of experts that can walk you through what kind of T-shirt will be best for your purpose and they can even recommend popular options!

Order Quantity

Determine the quantity of T-shirts you need. In the example we looked at previously, the order was for 100 shirts. Screen printing companies offer tiered pricing that is determined in part by the number of garments ordered. As you consider the number of T-shirts you are ordering, ask your local screen printing team about their pricing tiers to ensure that you can get the most for your budget. However, make sure to order an appropriate quantity based on your needs to avoid excess inventory.

Provide Clear Specifications

Communicate your specifications clearly to the printing company. This includes details about the T-shirt style, color, sizes, and any specific printing requirements. Providing clear instructions will help ensure that the final product meets your expectations.

Garment specifications is especially important for t-shirts, jackets and safety vests worn by people in construction, transportation, manufacturing, and utilities. If you want to learn more, check out our article, Partnering with a Local Screen Printing Company for Work Wear, within our resources section.

Review Digital Proofs

Before production begins, ask for digital proofs of the design on the selected T-shirts. Review these proofs carefully to catch any errors or make necessary adjustments. This step is crucial to avoid issues once the printing process is underway.

Production and Delivery

Once you approve the proofs, the printing company will proceed with production. Inquire about the estimated turnaround time and delivery options. Ensure that you plan your order well in advance, especially if you have a specific deadline.

Quality Check Upon Delivery

Upon receiving the printed T-shirts, conduct a thorough quality check. Inspect the prints for accuracy, color consistency, and overall quality. Address any concerns with the printing company promptly to resolve issues. One of the largest advantages of working with a local screen printing company is the client’s ability to evaluate the T-shirts in-person!


Ordering screen printed T-shirts is a creative and rewarding process when approached with careful consideration. By following these steps, you can ensure that your T-shirt order meets your expectations and serves its intended purpose effectively. Whether it’s for personal expression, brand promotion, or a special event, a well-executed screen printed T-shirt can leave a lasting impression.


Screen Printing FAQs

How long will my screen printing order take to complete?

Upon final art approval, the majority of orders are typically processed and ready within 12-15 business days. Our team schedules orders promptly at the time they are placed.


Do you offer a rush service for screen printed garments?

We understand the importance of rush orders, and we are more than happy to accommodate them. Feel free to request a rush order, and we will do our best to expedite it to meet your specific needs. However, please note that for rush orders, there will be an additional upcharge. Rest assured, we will communicate any additional costs before finalizing your order. Your satisfaction is our priority, and we aim to provide a seamless and transparent ordering


Do you have set-up fees for ?

For each color in a design, a separate individual screen is necessary. The cost for each screen is a one-time fee of $25 per design or imprint location. For instance, if your design includes both a back print and a left chest print, they require separate screens as they differ in size and positioning.


How do I receive a quote for screen printed garments?

To receive a quote, kindly send the following information to

  • Artwork: Please attach clear screenshots, mockups, or print-ready files for each design.
  • Type of Decoration: Specify whether you require screen printing, embroidery, or any other decoration method.
  • Garment Brand and Style: Let us know your preferred brand and style for the garments. You can check our recommended styles by clicking here (include the link).
  • Total Quantity per Design: Mention the quantity required for each design.
  • Pickup or Ship: Inform us whether you prefer to pick up the order or need shipping. Provide your zip code for a rough shipping estimate.
  • Date Needed By: Tell us the deadline for your order.

Please be aware that we strive to respond to all emails within 24-36 business hours. However, some responses may take longer. Rest assured, we will do our best to provide you with a prompt and accurate quote to meet your requirements.