You need some pictures for your website; everybody does. And you have your own camera; everybody does. So you don’t have to hire a professional photographer, you can do it yourself. The price, the convenience…can’t beat it. But…you knew there was a “but” coming, right?….but the technology is only part of photography. Lighting and the subject are just as important. Knowing how to use all three (subject, lighting, camera) is just as important again. For the best imagery, hire a pro. A great brochure or website design can be trashed with mediocre imagery. Professional photography can make the difference. That said, there are lots of times when you can and should do it yourself, and digital cameras make it easy. Use them. They are your friend. Here are a few tips to improve your shots.
T-shirts…everybody wants to know the price of imprinting on t-shirts. Of course, it depends on specifics. What I can do here is provide prices for a typical screen printing project, so here goes.
Choosing a ShirtThere are thousands of options. Here’s a good place to start: http://pacesettermedia.com/custom-shirts-apparel If you find something online but can’t find it here, call and we’ll find it. BTW: Most prices you find at the above catalog are for 144 shirts of more. Contact us for a quote on a particular quantity of a particular shirt.
T-ShirtsStandard T Shirts like this one are usually on sale for $3.50 at low quantities. This performance fabric shirt is on sale today for $4.50 at low quantities. Sales change weekly. Usually the same shirts are on sale for about the same price, but it might change any given week.
Set UpThere’s usually a set up charge for creating the screens and setting up the machines for your job. Screen Printing Set Up (one color on light shirts): $30
ImprintingThese prices are for imprinting one color on light shirts. 24-35 qty: $3.80 each 36-47 qty: $3.24 each 48-71 qty: $2.76 each 72-143 qty: $2.28 each 144-287 qty: $2.00 each
Sample T-Shirt PricingHere’s a sample t-shirt quote for a sale-price Gildan – Ultra Cotton™ 100% Cotton T-Shirt 2000, one color imprint on one side. It includes a shipping estimate and Florida sales tax.
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500 Shirts is the Magic NumberThe piece price goes down as the quantity goes up. At 500 shirts, suppliers offer special pricing, and imprint prices are under $1.25 each. At over 700 pieces, imprinting is under $1 each. Of course, if you need a detailed quote on your project, call Pacesetter Media at (813) 685-9206.
When creating artwork for printed materials, some blues on a computer screen shift toward purple when printed. I have to correct for this problem regularly. Here’s what to do about it. First, screens don’t and can’t display exactly what’s printed. Many screen colors shift to the nearest printable color when printed. In particular, blue often becomes purple(ish). The solution is changing the exact color mix. Commercial printing is usually done with four colors (CMYK, see below), so you need to work with software that edits CMYK files. Here’s one example of a color that looks blue on screen but turns purple in print: The CMYK formula is: Cyan (C): 100 Magenta (M): 97 Yellow (Y): 18 Black (K): 19 That second number, magenta, should be lower than 70% of the first number, cyan, or you risk a shift toward purple. The solution: In this case, change the color to a new mix with magenta less than 70% of cyan to prevent the purple shift (C100, M49, Y0, K70). These colors might look similar when separated with some white space, but the formulas for each are different. To the point, the second color doesn’t become purple when printed.