Do you need some custom printed shirts, but are exactly sure what route to take? If you need a large number of shirts, screen-printing is probably your best option, for several reasons.

Take a look at your needs. You could be wanting a large number of custom printed shirts for a giveaway or promotion. You could be planning to sponsor a youth sports team. You might even be planning to participate in a charity run with all of your employees – or you could be panning to standardize your staff uniform into something comfortable and causal.

Screenprinted shirts are comparatively inexpensive, especially when compared to heavier, more costly golf shirts which are often custom embroidered with individual names for use as an employee uniform. While polo style golf shirts make a great uniform when paired with khakis or slacks, they can be extremely expensive if you have a large number of employees or high staff turnover that requires new shirts to be created continually.

With screenprinting, a large number of tees in different sizes can be created that look identical, and simple pin on name tags or badges on lanyards can be used instead of customizing each employee’s shirts. You can readily afford to pass out the shirts at the rate of a half dozen per employee, and they can be responsible for keeping them clean and pairing them with nice pants in a specified color.

Screen-printing can be done by your local Long Island print shop, using either four-color process printing (best for printing on light colored material) or simulated process printing (best for detailed printing on dark material.) With four-color process printing, almost photographic detail can be achieved. The process entails “color separation” in which the artwork is broken down into the four component colors of cyan, magenta, yellow, and black (this is referred to as CMYK). The entire print is created by mixing and layering varying amounts of each of those 4 colors onto the tee shirt, until the final effect is produced.

Depending on the complexity of your design and the color of shirt you choose, your printer will recommend the best type of printing process. Up to nine colors can be used, but for most tee shirts, a simple design using 2-4 colors is best. Your screen-printer can help you with your design if you don’t have one.

If you choose to go with screen-printed tees for your company uniform, sponsored team or charity effort, make sure you order plenty. Tee shirts can vary in color by the lot, so you have a better chance of the shirts matching if you order them all at once, instead of as needed. Costs are also lower, as there is a set-up process needed, and the more shirts you order, the cheaper per shirt they will be!

Ask your Long Island print shop about screen-printed tees today. The variety and possibilities for promoting your business can be endless!

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