Traditional screen printing involves creating a stencil known as a "screen". The screen is used to apply layers of ink on the t-shirt surface. Each color is applied using a different screen, one at a time, combined to achieve the final look. Each color requires the garment to be hit or screened with each ink color separately. Thus if you have a design with 4 different colors, each shirt will have to be "screened" 4 times to achieve the design. The minimum order quantity on screen printed items exists because of the added labor, materials, and time associated with this printing method.
Screen printing is usually the best option for designs that require a high level of vibrancy especially when printing on dark shirts. The ink is applied thicker which results in brighter colors even on darker shirts. This is a great option for higher quantity orders with a basic, logo, text, and/or design that can be separated into 4 colors or less. However, it does not work for multi-colored, photographic, or gradient images.
Artwork for screen printing goes through a review and proof process where the design may have to be edited or altered for the best results.
There is a 20 shirt minimum for any screen print order and a maximum of 4 colors per design. This is a great option for higher quantity orders with a basic, logo, text, and/or design that can be done in 4 colors or less.
20 shirt minimum
Max 4 colors per order design
Please check out our Transfer or Photo t-shirts options for full-color, multi-colored, and photographic images and designs.