Custom t-shirts are the shapeshifters of the corporate and personal gifting world!
They are so versatile, that you can have your employees wear them on casual Fridays, use them as marketing tools during a corporate event or to differentiate between teams during an offsite team-building activity.
That’s not it. Don’t be surprised to see the bride’s side dressed up in matching t-shirts during a pre-wedding party. You could also get them made for an annual vacation with the extended family.
In simpler words, there’s nothing you can’t use custom t-shirts for! Let’s take a detailed look at the various ways in which custom t-shirts can benefit you!
The Incredible Benefits Of Custom T-Shirts!
1. Marketing and Brand Building Tool
Get custom t-shirts with your company’s logo and tagline emblazoned on them, and gift them to your employees. This has multiple benefits:
- It’s quite possible that an employee’s family/friends/neighbours/relatives will see them wearing the t-shirt and impress them enough to consider working with your company, or using your product/service.
- Wearing the custom t-shirts on a casual Friday, during a corporate event, or while volunteering for a CSR initiative together, will contribute to the team spirit amongst the employees. And imagine, if they end up clicking pictures and putting them up on social media? That’s brand building without much effort!
2. Creates A Sense Of ‘Belonging’
When employees wear custom t-shirts with the company’s logo emblazoned on them, it helps to add to the bond between them and the company. Even wearing them together on a casual Friday, or to an event, helps them feel that they ‘belong’ to the organisation and motivates them to contribute more towards meeting their goals.
Even when used for personal purposes, like a gift to your family members during an annual vacation, custom t-shirts contribute to ‘bonding’ and represent the spirit of a community.
Occasions Where Custom T-Shirts Can Be Used!
T-shirts are comfortable and hassle-free garments. They look great on everyone, regardless of age or gender. They also lend a feeling of inclusivity to the occasions and help unify the people involved. You can preserve them as tokens to remind you of the good times.
Here are the different occasions when custom t-shirts come in handy!
1. Corporate events
Be it an occasion to announce new offers or services, or celebrating milestones, custom t-shirts make a powerful impact. If you are distributing them to customers or your staff, custom t-shirts evoke appreciation and a positive feeling.
Of course, t-shirts are the most pleasing advertisements for your company! When your staff wears them, it makes them feel like a part of the organisation, and boost their morale.
2. New offers
What better way to inform about your new offers than custom t-shirts? Generally, no one would like to carry an advertising board on them, but a t-shirt lends an allure a few can resist.
They make the wearer look good, while news about your products reaches your potential customers or clients.
3. Charity events
Does your company your housing society organise charity fundraisers or events? Get custom t-shirts for the occasion and see how the noble message goes far and wide.
Not just at the event but even days later, spotting these t-shirts on people helps spread the word further. Isn’t that amazing?
4. Sporting events
Can a sports event be complete without custom t-shirts? Why think just professional sporting teams – you can have appealing custom t-shirts for your company’s or housing society’s sporting events as well.
Imagine the event coming alive with enthusiasm and solidarity with not only the participating members wearing beautiful customised t-shirts, but also the audience, young and old!
Picnics are always fun, but did you know there is a way to make it even more enjoyable? Try custom t-shirts! Be it a company picnic, a family outing, or a picnic with your friends, nothing can make the occasion more fun than wearing stylish t-shirts unifying everyone.
Every time you see the t-shirt, you are sure to break into a smile basking in the beautiful memories.
6. Wedding parties
Are you planning to have a bachelor or bachelorette party? Get customised t-shirts with one for the groom that says ‘groom to be’ or something funny like ‘soon to lose bachelor status’ or ‘no longer a bachelor.’
Similarly, soon-to-be brides too can have a whale of a time with quirky or fun t-shirts with adorable quotes. The additional perk is that the t-shirts will also be the perfect souvenir for a long time!
Spread more cheer to anniversary functions with custom-made t-shirts! Anniversaries may be about the two people involved, but when your friends and family join in, it doubles the joy!
Having everyone wear custom t-shirts with both of your names printed or even including your sketches can be adorable. Memories no longer need to be restricted to photographs because you can recreate your precious moments with custom t-shirts for a long time.
Birthdays are the time to have some fun and celebrate the birthday boy or girl! Bring a little personalisation with custom t-shirts and let everyone be a part of the special occasion. The sky can be the limit when it comes to designing a birthday custom tee. Of course, birthdays lend the best creative ideas about designs.
You can have candles, balloons, birthday cakes, or even flowers on your birthday tee; the options are endless. The best part of birthday custom t-shirts is that – everyone, be it your parents, grandparents, partner, friend, aunt, uncle or your children- will be excited and happy to be wearing the t-shirts. Now, isn’t that the icing on the cake?
9. Vacations and holidays
Are you planning a family get-together? Custom t-shirts can make the occasion more delightful. Having the family’s last name printed on them is a great way to declare ‘we are a family’ to the world.
You can even add the name of the place you are heading to or a happy quote to go with it. For example, if you are vacationing in Kerala, along with your last name, you can include an image of coconut trees and lakes, to add to the fun.
Can a reunion be complete without a custom t-shirt? We guess not! In today’s world, the idea of meeting family and friends face-to-face is slowly fading away. People are happy meeting online. That is why reunions are so necessary today.
Organise a family reunion and connect with your aunts and uncles, cousins, nephews and nieces, and start a thread that will connect generations. A custom t-shirt that screams ‘family’ will not just be memorable, but emotionally rewarding as well. Enjoy the cherished feeling of being with your beloved family with t-shirts that capture the essence of the moment.
Then, there is the class reunion. It is the perfect occasion to be a child again, to be young again and to relive nostalgic feelings. Personalised t-shirts with the name of your school or college, the year of passing out, lines from your school anthem or a group photograph can add to the joyful occasion.
These t-shirts will forever remind you of the fun you had at the reunion. They will also inspire you to attend it every year, no matter how busy you are!
11. Give your startup the boost
Custom t-shirts are a must for startups. You require all the motivation and positivity you need. Having your employees adorn custom t-shirts makes them feel belong to a part of something incredible.
Why custom t-shirts are a great fit for startups
Tech companies such as Google and Facebook have undoubtedly contributed to the trend of t-shirts as office uniforms. Gone are the days when you had to go to the office in suits.
Startups usually do not mark huge budgets for their marketing campaigns. A custom t-shirt can be the best marketing tool wherein you do not have to spend much, but you get the brand awareness and recognition you need. Also, printing custom t-shirts will never be a wasteful expenditure. They are always in-demand and you will end up needing more in the future.
It will be best to collaborate with a designer for your first custom t-shirt because you want it to look professional and classy. There can be many flexible options. For example, you may want to go with your logo colour, but it needn’t always be the case. You can choose colours that reflect the image you want to create for your brand.
You want to draw maximum attention through your startup custom t-shirt, so do not limit the design only to the logo, but try to incorporate a catchy slogan or an impressive graphic image.
If you are creating the custom t-shirt for your staff or for customers, make sure you emphasise on quality fabric. Cheap materials are not only uncomfortable, but also wear out fast.
Remember, your custom t-shirt is your representative, and the more it lasts and impresses, more will be the trust for your products or services.
Another benefit of creating impressive custom t-shirts for your startup is that it could potentially be merch that goes beyond your workplace.
Overall, custom t-shirts make for incredible, personalised gifts that can create just the right impact. However, to ensure that this, it is important to know just what goes into creating a good-quality custom t-shirt.
Creating a good-quality custom t-shirt involves several steps, namely finding a trustworthy t-shirt printing company, choosing the right fabric, size selection, and designing. You can either design the t-shirt yourself or take the custom t-shirt printing company’s help to find the right design.
Today, many companies offer self-designing facilities, where you can design your t-shirt online.
Irrespective of who is designing your t-shirt, you should know some design basics.
Tips To Get A Good-Quality Custom T-Shirt
You can get great designs from any custom t-shirt printing company. Some may have pre-created designs, and all you have to do is select the one you like. They will then tweak the designs as per your requirements and add the text you want.
Focus On Getting The Design Right
1. Design as per the purpose
The design and the text on your custom t-shirt should be determined based on the purpose you require the t-shirts. If it is for marketing, then you will need your company’s logo, name and punch line.
Or, if you just them as gifts for your team members, you may either choose between fun captions/quotes or their respective designations, based on your intent. These could be simply to reinforce the team spirit, or to motivate them to give their best shot towards meeting their goals.
2. Choose the right fonts
Even if you are getting your t-shirt designed, you need to select the font that best suits your purpose. For corporate t-shirts, the font on the t-shirt should be one that compliments your logo and the font you use for your brand name.
Did you know that there are fonts that are considered too ‘old-fashioned’? Choose a font that looks trendy. The t-shirt printing company can help you with this.
If you have an affinity for a certain font, then try visualising it off-screen. Take a print out and see how it would appear to someone. It is also better to keep two or three font options handy. Some of the most popular fonts today are Serif and Sans Serif
3. Fix a budget
The number of t-shirts, the design, the fabric, print area, and even the type of printing will depend on the budget you have earmarked. Opting for more colours, or a complex design, could increase the costs involved.
Also, make sure you choose the right printing method, since this too can contribute to the expense. Screen printing is cheaper as compared to DTG or Direct to Garment printing.
4. Look out for trends
Fashion is always in a state of flux – trends change every other day. Trendy designs and styles can make your custom t-shirts a lot more popular with the intended audience. You’ll definitely score with the millennials, since they are trend watchers by nature!
Once you have decided on the design, now it is the time to choose the right fabric for your t-shirt.
Choose The Right Fabric
Choosing the right fabric is probably the most important step when it comes to custom t-shirt printing. You wouldn’t want to gift custom t-shirts that don’t last, would you? Just like a bad canvas can make even the best work of an artist look bad, a poor quality fabric can make a t-shirt dull and non-appealing.
Types of fabrics
Here are some of the fabrics you can choose from when placing an order for custom t-shirts:
- Natural: These are plant or animal-based fabrics, namely cotton, silk, wool, and linen.
- Synthetic: Today, there is a wide variety of synthetic fabrics which are quite popular in the apparel industry. Some of them are as good as natural fabrics; some even resembling natural fabrics. Some of the synthetic fibres are rayon, polyester, nylon, viscose, lycra, among others.Synthetic fibres are long-lasting and may even have higher elasticity compared to natural fabrics. That is the reason synthetic fibres are used to make sportswear. Synthetic fabrics are not sustainable, but today there are nature-friendly synthetic fabrics as well.
- Blended fabrics: This type of fabric, as the term suggests, is made from a blend of two types of fibres. Blended fabrics are quite popular to create custom t-shirts.There can be different combinations including polyester and cotton, silk and cotton, silk and linen, spandex and cotton, cotton and viscose, wool and polyester, and so on.
Find The Right GSM
GSM means ‘Grams Per Square Metre’. The lesser the GSM is, the thinner your fabric will be. Generally, for custom t-shirts, the preferred GSM is 180. While this is apt for the regular t-shirts, if you are looking at a hoodie, then the ideal GSM would be around 280-300. Hooded t-shirts tend to be thicker as they are usually worn in winters.
Again, if you are ordering collared t-shirts, you will have to opt for 200-240 GSM because these t-shirts are slightly thicker than the regular ones. You can increase or decrease the GSM of the fabric as per your requirements.
What Is Your Ideal Fabric?
Though choosing a fabric is your prerogative, you need to know what the standard rule in custom t-shirt printing is. Regular t-shirts are either made from 100% cotton, a blend of cotton and any other fabric, or polyester, etc. Hoodies, though, are made from a type of blended fabric called fleece. It is 60% cotton and around 40% polyester.
The right choice of material for your custom t-shirts would depend on the occasion and the budget. Cotton is generally preferred, since it is one of the most comfortable fabrics. It is breathable, soft, and can be worn in any weather.
Polyester is also a popular fabric as it is durable, doesn’t wrinkle or shrink, and also retains its colour for long. The issue with polyester is that it could be uncomfortable to wear for a long time and may even smell after wearing for some time.
A blend of cotton and polyester can be comfortable, and it also retains its colour and shape. Also, note if you are using a blended fabric containing cotton, the greater the proportion of cotton, the better.
Remember, thicker materials have the capacity to absorb more ink and thus have richer colours, whereas thinner fabrics may have a washed-out appearance due to lesser absorption of ink.
The Threads Matter Too!
Thread properties are crucial for quality t-shirts. Good quality thread offers high tensile strength and tenacity. When you order the t-shirts, be sure to check this. The other properties that ensure quality t-shirts are shrinkage and abrasion resistance. These ensure that the t-shirt has equal strength on all sides of the fabric.
Now that you’ve got the design in mind, and have chosen the fabric too, you may want to go ahead and place the order. But… just a minute there! There are some things you need to know before you take the plunge. Let’s take a look at them.
Things To Know Before You Place The Order
The different kinds of printing in India
The printing type depends on the fabric, the kind of design you’ve chosen, and your budget. Here are some of the popular kinds of t-shirt printing in India:
1. Screen printing
One of the most commonly used printing methods for t-shirts, screen printing is also known as silk-screen printing. The technique of screen printing is similar to stencil. Ink is applied to the fabric via a silk screen such that the ink pushes only through the permeable areas.
The inks used in screen printing are much thicker, thus helping create vibrant colours. A point to note is that in screen printing, only one colour can be applied at one time. Therefore, some may use multiple screens for multiple colours. Otherwise, screen printing is used to create simple designs with a single colour.
Screen printing is generally for bulk orders and works best on cotton fabric but is well-suited with most materials as well.
The pros of screen printing are vibrant colours that last long. The only downside is that the screen printing technique requires a lot of water, and in some cases, the ink used may be toxic, and hence, this technique is not environment-friendly.
2. DTG (Direct to Garment) Printing
As the term suggests, it is a technique through which the design is directly printed on the fabric, just like you print a paper or document in your office. DTG printing is ideal for small orders, six or fewer items.
If your design is complex or a photographic print, then DTG is the best option, as it has a great colour mixing potential making it possible to print even the smallest details. The process is perfect for printing high-quality prints on the fabric that requires high levels of colour variation. DTG works with water-based inks and is thus suited for 100% cotton fabrics.
With DTG printing, it is possible to print as many colours as you wish. The time taken is also less. You can print a t-shirt in less than 30 minutes. The print also seamlessly merges onto the fabric. If you wish to create vintage-looking garments, then DTG is the way to go.
3. Transfer Printing
It is called so because the technique involves printing the design on paper or any other non-textile surface and then transferring onto the desired fabric. It is a versatile printing type and hence works on most materials, but is mostly used for printing on synthetic fabrics.
There are different types of transfer printing processes such as cad cut vinyl, plastisol, dye sublimation, and so on.
Transfer printing is popular for printing on sports team t-shirts. Since the process works fast, it is easier and faster to print numbers and names on the t-shirts.
There are many advantages of transfer printing. Since the designs are first printed on non-textile surfaces, they can be preserved for a long time. So, if you have a custom design for your purpose, you can store the design and needn’t print a new one every time you print new t-shirts.
Transfer printing allows the printing of vivid colours, which also last long. You can print custom t-shirts faster with this process making it suitable for bulk orders.
Sublimation is a kind of transfer printing because it involves a special ink that transforms into gas when heated; thus, the design becomes a part of the fabric rather than appearing as an embossing. Sublimation printing can be used only for synthetic fabrics, mainly polyester.
You get to create very vibrant and long-lasting designs, but sadly, it works best only on polyester.
It is also a popular and much-in-demand technique for custom t-shirts. It is possible to create exquisite and beautiful designs with embroidery. It works best on sturdy fabrics as it involves drilling different needles on the material.
There is nothing like the perfect type of printing, because it will all depend on the type and number of t-shirts you need. You can discuss the process with the company and choose the one that works best for your order.
The Process Of Submitting Images/Design/Text
You should check with the custom t-shirt printing company about the format of the images. In most cases, the format would be, .tiff, .psd, .eps, and .ai. You may have most of your images in .jpeg or .gif format, but they are not suitable for t-shirt printing.
If you are submitting an Adobe Photoshop or Adobe illustrator image, then make sure the images have high resolutions because low-resolution images can’t be printed and if at all you print such images, there will be no clarity.
Selecting The Right Colours For Your Custom T-Shirt
1. Pantone Colours
Pantone is a company based in the US, that has created a matching system for colours. It helps designers and others who work with colours to reproduce the exact shade of a particular colour. This way, everyone associated with the process can create the exact ‘yellow’ or ‘purple.’ You select the shade you want through the Pantone code. It helps match the exact colour of your artwork or your logo colour.
Pantone releases a colour every year, which is lapped up by designers around the world. The colour of 2019 is ‘Living Coral,’ a shade of orange with muted gold tones. Another colouring format used is CMYK (Cyan-Magenta-Yellow-Black). It is commonly used to duplicate colours in the printing industry. CMYK inks are mostly preferred on white t-shirts.
2. Know Your Budget
Too many colours on your t-shirt would mean a higher price. At the same time, the colour requirements will be as per your design and purpose. For example, if you are ordering kids’ t-shirts, a lot of colours would be great. At other times, try to stick to a classy design with a single or a couple of colours.
If you are unable to avoid the need for multiple colours, then you can have a chat with the company and strike a deal that allows your order to be fulfilled within your budget.
What Is The Size Of Your Order – Bulk Or Small?
Many aspects of custom t-shirt printing depend on quantity. Things work differently for bulk and small orders. If you are ordering one or around 6 to 10 t-shirts, it could be categorised as a small order whereas an order of more than 10 to 200 or more t-shirts is a bulk order.
Quantity and price complement each other. The more t-shirts you order, the lesser is the price you incur per piece. That is a universal truth about bulk orders. Companies also have their own discount policy about bulk orders.
Check out the price breaks they are offering – they have different set quantities for which they charge a particular fee. For example, for 12, 25, 35, 50, etc. A tip you can use is, if you need only ten t-shirts but if you are getting 12 for the same price, then go for 12. Printing 5 or 10 extra t-shirts in your budget is definitely not a bad idea. After all, these are t-shirts, and they will always be in demand!
Of course, it depends on the purpose of printing custom t-shirts. Taking it for granted that it is for a group, you will need sizes that cater to your audience. If the t-shirts are for your promotional campaigns, then you will have to print different sizes, including small, medium, large, extra-large, or even double extra large.
If the order is for a family or friends’ group and you know beforehand who will be wearing the t-shirts, then you can order as per the size required, for example, two small sizes, five medium, ten large and so on.
So, an essential point to keep in mind with bulk orders is to order multiple sizes. The size parameters are different in different countries. In India, the American or UK size chart is generally followed. You can check size details with the t-shirt company. As of now, India does not have a size chart, but NIFT (National Institute of Fashion Technology) is all set to come with India’s own size chart by 2021. Till then, you can refer to the size specifications available with the printing company.
Hoodies are a big deal, price and otherwise! Printing a hoodie is expensive compared to printing a regular t-shirt. Go for it only if you are sure about the benefits or the relevance of hoodie printing. Bulk ordering of hoodies can be helpful in minimising the cost per piece, though. If you wish to make a big impression and can print hoodies at a budget suitable to you, the effort is worth it.
The process of printing remains the same for all types of orders. That is, the effort of printing ten t-shirts and 50 t-shirts is the same. For the printing company, it is the time that matters to them. Essentially, you will be paying for their time; hence, small orders will cost you more per piece compared to bulk order for the same t-shirt.
Understand The Purpose
Why do you need custom t-shirts, after all? If you are confused about the question, then understand that this is one of the most important questions you need to answer before you place an order.
It is because your end design will depend on the purpose. For example, if the t-shirt is for brand promotion, you will need to print the t-shirts with your logo colours, the logo, name, and even your tagline to it. Think Airtel, Vodafone, Big Bazaar staff t-shirts. If it is for a special promotional offer, then you will need a basic colour but the details in bold for everyone to notice it.
If you are aiming for visibility, you will need bright coloured t-shirts with a design that draws attention and also a call to action printed on it.
If it is to attract new customers, you probably will have to think of a design that people will love to wear on a regular basis. No one would want to wear a t-shirt that cries the name and offers of your company. So, it should have your details, but not too much. Imagine how many free ambassadors you get with a stylish, wearable t-shirt!
Finalise The Design
No matter for what purpose you are printing the t-shirt, you will have to come up with an appealing and classy design. No one likes to wear a lousy design. You could either design it on your own or get a designer to do it.
When you create the design, remember that fewer colours will mean low cost.
Internet images don’t work well. When you are ordering custom t-shirts, do invest in a good design even if it is for any informal occasion. If you are thinking of copying an image from the web, it won’t work.
First, you may be using a copyrighted image, and second, the resolution of such images is far too low to be able to print on a t-shirt. Even if you find free images under the Creative Commons License, the resolution may not be perfect for printing.
Common Questions You Will Need To Ask And Answer While Placing The Order
Clear communication is key to turning your vision into reality. The printers need to know what you want and you should know what their requirements are to strike a good deal. Here are some questions you can ask the printer:
- What are the fabrics available?
- Will you design my t-shirt as well?
- What are the different printing techniques you use?
- How do I communicate about my designs?
- What is the format of submitting artworks?
- Will you help in polishing/updating/touching-up my artwork if necessary?
- What types of ink do you use?
- How large print area can I use?
- Can you print in extra large sizes such as 3xl, 4xl and more?
- What are the children’s sizes you print?
- What size should my logo be?
- Do you provide different types of t-shirts in a single design?
- If I have the t-shirts and need only the design, will you do the needful?
- What is the process of re-ordering?
- Do you offer a guarantee for your services?
- I am worried about the colour getting faded after a few washes. What do you say about it?
- Can I order a mix of sizes from small to 4 xl?
- How do I communicate about the colours I need on my t-shirt? What is the format you use?
- Do you offer embroidery services?
- Can I see a couple of your works?
- What is the refund policy?
- What happens if I find a defect in my order?
- What is the order process?
- How do I order in bulk?
- What is the minimum order?
- Is there any limitation for maximum orders?
- What is the payment process?
- Do you ask for advance payments?
- What is your delivery schedule?
- Can you show me a sample first?
- Are urgent deliveries possible?
- How soon a notice you need for an urgent order?
- Do you accept overseas orders?
- How will my design and artwork be protected?
- What are the minimum and maximum prices?
- How is your price determined?
- Do you charge for shipping?
- What are your payment options?
- Do you offer discounts for bulk orders?
- Is your pricing negotiable?
- Do you provide quantity price breaks?
- Are there taxes and additional charges?
Here are the questions you will need to answer…
How many t-shirts do you need?
If you are confused about the number, then look at the pricing breakups. There could be numbers such as 10, 20, 30 or so on. Pick one that is closest to the number you have in mind.
Even if it is for promotional campaigns, you should plan and decide on a number. If the campaign and the t-shirts get popular, you can reorder more.
What are the sizes you need?
The marketing t-shirts should be of different sizes, including small, medium, large, extra-large, and even some double extra-large sizes.
If it is for a friends’ get-together or a family event, then you can get the sizes from each member and order accordingly.
Please provide design/text details you need on the t-shirt…
If you have no idea as to how and what to include in your custom t-shirt, you can seek a designer’s advice. Most t-shirt printing companies offer the service at an extra charge.
If you have your own design and text, then you will have to provide the same to the printers in the desired format. Be sure to give high-resolution images. The colour details have to be apt and as per the technicalities. You can’t just say blue because there are a hundred shades of the same colour. Do check with the printers.
When do you need your delivery?
The standard turnaround time is about three weeks maximum. If you are ordering the custom t-shirts for a particular event or a function, then ensure that you receive the delivery at least a few days in advance. You have to specify a date, and they will deliver it accordingly.
You can check with the printers if you have a rush order. Note that no one will print them in a day or two.
Where do you want the design printed on the t-shirt?
Print locations are the areas on the t-shirt where the design will go. As you would know, the popular print locations are the centre (in the front or back) or the left chest area in front.
Round, collared, or V-necks?
You can check out the styles that the t-shirt company is offering. If you need a specialised design that is different from what is offered, you can check with them if they would print what you need.
What is your budget?
The t-shirt printing price can range from Rs. 99 to 250 per piece. The final pricing will depend on many factors, including the colour quality and quantity, fabric, design, and more. It is best to ask for a quote first.
How To Place An Order For Custom T-Shirts?
As there are multiple ways available online, ordering custom t-shirts is as easy as it can get. Read about their services, the types of t-shirts available, etc. Create an account with them.
Or fill in the enquiry form and provide your contact details. They will contact you and let you go through the entire process. You can also either email or call them directly and talk to them about your order details. Provide details such as the number of t-shirts needed and the fabric you prefer and ask for a quote.
You can also send in your artwork or text to be printed. Submit the colour option as well. Get the quote. Place the order. They will send you the finished design. Once approved, they will start the printing. Ask if they can send you a sample piece to your postal address.
Once you send the details of the t-shirt, they will create a design for you via email.
The t-shirt printing company will send you a PDF file of the finished design. It is called as visual proof. You get to see how your design will look in the final stage. This is your chance to set right if anything has gone wrong, the font style or size, spelling, logo placement, colour, etc.
Here is what you need to look over:
Is it your colour?
If it is a corporate t-shirt, you will need the exact brand colour. If you have given the Pantone codes, they may mention it in the proof. Corroborate it. If you have given them any other specifications for colour, check if they have used the same.
Is it the size and style you wanted?
The proof will mention the size, style, and length, etc. You will need to check if these specifications are what you had asked for. Sometimes, the hem length or the sleeve length can go wrong. It is important to check each detail.
Is it spelled right?
Most important! It might be only a few words, but even a small mistake can ruin the purpose of custom t-shirts. Check every word carefully and read it twice if need be. Spelling mistakes are a strict no for custom t-shirts, even if it is for an informal occasion. Wrong spelling is a fun drainer and embarrassing.
The printers aren’t going to change your text even if they spot a spelling mistake because they might think it is a part of the design. For example, some people like to change regular spellings to create their unique design, like ‘coffee’ becoming ‘koffee,’ etc.
Is the image/logo placement as requested?
You may have wanted the logo in the centre, but they have placed it on the left chest area. Would you like that? Point out these glitches as soon as you spot them.
Once you correct the proof, they may send you another image for double-checking, or they may go ahead with the printing after informing you that corrections have been made. If you need any further changes, you need to inform them soon because once they go to print, they will not be able to include your remarks.
Tips For Choosing The Best Custom T-Shirt Printing Company In India
Your custom t-shirts are all set to serve many purposes. Depending on its use, it will remain your representative for a long time. So, shouldn’t you ensure that you get the best t-shirts?
The only way of ensuring it is to get the best custom t-shirt printing company in India? Getting a good company is half the job done. Here are some factors to help you choose well:
1. They should match your checklist
You make a checklist detailing your needs. For example, the kind of design you want, the fabrics you are particular about, the colours you are looking for and so on. Also, the number, size, and the style you need. You may be designing the t-shirt all by yourself, or you may need a designer. The company should be able to provide what you need.
2. The variety of styles offered
You may want different styles, such as the round neck, v neck, etc. Getting a company that offers varied styles is a plus. A company that provides different categories, such as college t-shirts, promotional tees, entrepreneurship t-shirt, etc. will have vast experience and ideas on different custom t-shirts.
It will help you come up with a great design and style that your customers or friends will love. You can try out different designs online and settle for one that you think looks the best.
3. Multi-city presence
There can be good t-shirt printing companies which have only one office. But, opting for one that has a presence in multiple cities makes sense because it means they have great resources, experience, and popularity. Your order will be in safe hands!
4. The delivery turnaround time and cost factors
The delivery period usually depends on the number of t-shirts and design. But waiting for four weeks or more for 20 t-shirts is a no. An ideal company should only take about two weeks to print and send your order. If they are also offering perks such as free shipping, go ahead and choose the company.
5. Customer service
A helping hand at all times is what you need when you are getting a t-shirt printed. A company that offers you a good price, has patience, and provides excellent customer service is the perfect fit for you.
6. Past customers
Most t-shirt companies will put up their client list on their website. If you find reputed corporates as well as individuals trusting them with their custom t-shirts, so can you.
At the end of the day, you need an honest custom t-shirt printing company who can transform your vision into something tangible, and far better than what you imagined. At Champu, we don’t believe in pushing catalogues and predetermined designs at our clients! We aim at giving them exactly what they want, and are sticklers for quality!
To know more about our custom t-shirts, or to place an order, get in touch with us!