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The Fine Print: Let's talk about tees!

Minimalism Shirts

Recently a trend in designer shirts has been to approach fashion from a minimalist perspective. We are seeing designs stripped down to their bare essentials in order achieve a unique effect in contrast to extravagant designs. This is great news for those who want to create custom shirts because it is easy to make a catchy design without a huge amount of effort.           

We have plenty of simple clip art to choose from so designing a minimalistic shirt is a snap in the Design Studio. Try experimenting with different shapes, lines and colors to create a unique and striking design. It takes patience to get the idea just right so try a few designs before you decide on which one looks best. Start with an object and consider its most essential features such as the antlers of a deer or the fangs of a vampire, then create a design that highlights those elements. You can also try creating abstract patterns of shapes and colors that are aesthetically pleasing. The number one thing to remember is to have fun so get started on creating a custom shirt today!

Screen Printing vs. Direct to Garment

Here at Designashirt.com we receive many types of orders from sports teams, to charity events, to clothing line start-ups, and of course single order prints. In order to get the most bang for your buck on your order there are several factors to keep in mind: The desired product you are printing on (Hanes, American Apparel, Champion ect.)

The number of shirts you want to print.

The number of colors in your print, and if the print is on both front AND back.

We utilize two separate methods of printing: direct to garment printing (DTG) and screen printing. Each method has pros and cons and we carefully consider which method is best for each order we receive. We have two 1-minute videos that give an overview of each printing technique, Screen Printing and Direct to Garment

   

The advantage of DTG printing is that we can print a great deal of colors on a shirt at the same time. It works almost like a big computer printer, but for shirts! There is minimal setup time so a printer can motor through hundreds of different prints in a single day! The biggest drawback for digital print is that the ink needed is pricy, so it is not cost effective for large order runs. Also the DTG printer only prints one shirt at a time, which means each shirt must be loaded and cured before the next piece can be started.

The biggest advantage of screen printing is that once the screens are up and ready the shirts start flying off the presses! Each color gets its own screen which means the more colors in the order, the longer it takes to set up the printing press. If the order calls for a large quantity then the set up time for several colors becomes justified because once the press is up and running it easily outpaces the speed of DTG printing. Screen printing is fast, effective, and perfect for large orders with any number of colors. We have even completed an 6-color order of 80,000 shirts all on our automatic printing presses!

So what does all this mean for ordering your shirts? Essentially it means that we are capable of printing anything you desire, it just depends on quantity and number of colors that determine if we will use DTG or screen print. The easiest way for you to save per item is to increase the quantity of shirts ordered. Generally (depending on color number) orders of 12 or more move from DTG to screen print and the cost to print is reduced. This means that if you are thinking of printing up 10 shirts it might be more cost effective to boost the order to 12. As always our standard shipping is free, but if you want to save even more money you can choose our Super Saver Shipping option upon check out. We look forward to creating your rocking custom design T-shirt and shipping it off lighting fast!

 

 

 

Ho Ho Holiday Customs

The holidays are quickly approaching and there is still time to get in your order of Custom Holiday T-shirts! Whether you are hunting for the perfect gift or ordering a shirt that will turn heads at a holiday party Designashit.com has you covered.             

With plenty of holiday clip art in our our Design Studio it's easy to create a shirt that will put you and everyone you meet in the holiday spirit. We have plenty of examples of Christmas T-shirt Design Ideas that are available for order or hopefully inspire you to create your own original design. Start with a fun holiday graphic and add your own personalized saying to spread laughs and holiday cheer.

We hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable holiday season and we look forward to your continued support in the New Year!

Printing Trademark Logos

Here at Designashirt.com you can create any shirt that you can imagine. From customizing text, to choosing from  clip art, to uploading your own personal designs, there is sure to be a unique combination of images that will appeal to you. One of the main requirements in designing a custom shirt is that it must be something that YOU have imagined, it cannot be a trademark, animated character, or  celebrity likeness.

We cannot print shirts with copyrighted or trademarked images unless we have specific licensing to do so. Licensing rights are not something that we can resolve and are very difficult and time consuming for a client to obtain. However one way for you to print a shirt is to create characters and logos that are similar, yet fundamentally different than those they are in reference too. For example:

 

We cannot print images of Disney, Star Wars or Marvel/DC comic book characters, sports teams and their affiliated logos, celebrity photos and likeness, band logos or album covers, and company logos such as McDonalds or Coca-Cola.

So before you start designing a shirt with Darth Vader sticking a lightsaber into Donald Duck with Kiss rocking in the background, remember that we will be unable to print it without you acquiring licensing rights. The best way to avoid having to redo your awesome design is to begin with original artwork, and use images that are not expressly copyrighted. We have plenty of suggestions for you to get started in our idea gallery so head on over to Designashirt.com and get started designing your custom shirt today!