The price of your screen printed clothing depends on a few variables. The first couple are the garment & quantity. Artwork can be more complicated. We know this can be confusing, so we’ve written this guide to help you get a quote more accurately.
If you don’t have time to read this guide, or you’re still unsure after reading, you can always drop a preview of your design over to us in a chat message, or an email & we’ll get back to you with a colour count.
The first thing you should consider is whether your print needs an underbase. This is required if any of the print colours are lighter than the garment colour. An underbase is a white ink which is printed first, which gives a neutral base for the colours to be printed on top of. This ensures the colours are accurate & vibrant on darker backgrounds. Think of an underbase like an undercoat that you’d use before painting.
When ordering online you will need to click “YES” on the underbase section if this applies to your design.
Examples of prints with & without underbases:
PRINT WITH UNDERBASE
PRINT WITHOUT UNDERBASE
SO HOW DO I KNOW HOW MANY COLOURS MY DESIGN IS?
Since the number of colours in your design determines the price you pay, you will want to know how to count colours. Here’s some example jobs, & explanations of colours. We’ll cover designs that are solid colours, as more complex artwork can depend on the art & your budget.
1 COLOUR (UNDERBASE)
2 COLOURS (UNDERBASE)
3 COLOURS (UNDERBASE)
WHY CHARGE PER COLOUR? WHY ISN’T IT A FLAT RATE?
Screen printing requires a screen to be made for every colour in your artwork. For each colour (or screen) there is a labour & material cost which has to be covered for each screen made. This is why the price goes up as the number of colours increases.
We hope that helps! We know it can be confusing, so if you’re still unsure how many colours are in your artwork, please drop us a quick preview over chat or email & we’ll be happy to help.