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Money-Saving Tips for Screen Printed Apparel

Money-Saving Tips for Screen Printed Apparel

big screen printing orderCustom printed apparel is a fantastic way to make a statement, promote your brand, or commemorate a special event. However, the costs can add up quickly if you’re not careful. At Charm City Screen Print, we understand the importance of quality and affordability. That’s why we’ve put together this post of money-saving tips to help you keep costs low while designing your custom apparel with us.

1. Plan Your Design Thoughtfully

Before diving into the design process, take some time to plan your artwork. Simplify your design if possible by reducing the number of colors and intricate details. This not only makes the printing process more cost-effective but also ensures that your message is clear and impactful.

2. Choose the Right Apparel

Selecting the perfect apparel can make a big difference in your overall cost. Consider opting for standard cotton t-shirts or cost-effective blend fabrics for your custom printed shirts. Be sure to explore different options to find the right balance between quality and affordability. You can browse through our catalog and reach out to our sales team if you need some helping finding quality apparel that won’t send you over your budget.

3. Bulk Orders Bring Savings

Buying in bulk can significantly reduce the cost per item. Whether you need custom shirts for your team, an event, or your business, ordering a larger quantity can lead to substantial savings. At Charm City Screen Print, we offer volume discounts, so take advantage of these cost-saving opportunities and ask about our price breaks when you’re placing your order.

4. Limit Print Locations

The size and placement of your design on the apparel can affect the cost. If your apparel has multiple different print locations it will be more labor intensive and raise the cost of your order. Sticking to just one location is a great way to print custom apparel more affordably. Smaller designs often require less ink and labor, which translates to lower expenses. Be mindful of where you place your design on the apparel to maximize its impact while minimizing costs.

5. Opt for Light-Colored Garments

Darker garments like black shirts or navy blue sweatpants require an underbase to print any light colors. This requires an additional screen and adds time and labor to your order which increases your costs. Sticking to white or light-colored garments will help you avoid any need for underbase printing and help keep your costs low.Automatic press

6. Keep Color Counts in Check

Every additional color in your design adds to the cost. To save money, limit your design to a few essential colors. For example, if your design has two similar shades of the same color it could likely be reduced to one. You can also use gradients to achieve depth without adding too many layers. Feel free to reach out to us for any help reducing the number of colors in your artwork.

7. Discuss Budget-Friendly Options

Don’t hesitate to discuss your budget with our team. We can suggest cost-effective alternatives without compromising the quality of your custom printed apparel. We’re here to help you make the most of your budget.


At Charm City Screen Print, we’re dedicated to providing you with high-quality custom printed apparel that won’t break the bank. By planning your design carefully, choosing the right apparel, ordering in bulk, and taking advantage of cost-saving techniques, you can achieve the perfect custom apparel while keeping costs low. Our team is here to assist you every step of the way, so don’t hesitate to reach out for guidance on your next project. Let’s create amazing custom apparel together without breaking your budget!

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