When placing a t-shirt order, the best starting point is to send us a detailed email or to fill out our Estimate Request form. We encourage people to call and ask questions, but having all of the specifics in an email makes it a bit easier on our end to give you accurate pricing info.
Please include the following information so that we can assess the possibilities and price out your project accurately:
2. APPAREL DETAILS: Quantities, shirt colors, and brand preference are all important factors in establishing pricing. We carry various brands including American Apparel, Next Level, Hanes, Gildan, Tultex, and AAA. Here is a link to some of our favorite garments to print on. We will also print on any new, unwashed apparel that you want to supply us with, as long as it is cotton or a cotton-poly blend.
3. BUDGET: Let us know if you're trying to work within a budget for the particular project. That way we can help to suggest affordable apparel choices, and any modifications to your artwork that will make the job more cost-effective.
4. DEADLINE: Contrary to popular belief, t-shirt printing can take some time, so planning ahead is always the best option. Ordering your blank apparel, pre-press, and production can take a few days. We ask for 7-10 business days to turn around each job so that we can schedule all of our clients on a first-come, first-serve basis. We realize that things often happen at the last minute, so if you need your order sooner than that, let us know and we'll figure out what's possible. We charge rush fees for all orders needed within a week, but we try to be flexible beyond that point, as long as our schedule allows.
Once we have all of these details, we will send you a price breakdown with an estimated total for your potential order. At that point, if you want to move forward with the order, we will send you an invoice. Once we receive a deposit and the final artwork, we will create a digital mockup of what the shirts will look like, to confirm print size, print colors, and placement. We do not print samples, and we do not offer in-house press checks. Since we're a smaller shop, and we're often quite busy, samples and press checks tend to interfere with our production schedule. We rely on our attention to detail during the pre-production phase to ensure that your shirts turn out as planned. After you give us the thumbs-up on the mockup, we'll go to press, and in a few days you'll have an awesome batch of t-shirts.
We do our best to explain each step of the process so that you understand why we need certain information, and so that you know exactly what you're getting. If something is unclear, feel free to call or email and ask questions. We're pretty down-to-earth dudes. We don't bite, and only one of us yells from time to time.
ADOBE ILLUSTRATOR: Vector-based files (.ai, .eps, or .pdf) created in Illustrator are preffered. They are the easiest files for us to work with, and will provide superior results in the printing process. If you'll be submitting an Illustrator file, please convert all fonts to outlines, and if possible, include the font file with your design.
ADOBE PHOTOSHOP: Photoshop files (.psd) must be submitted sized to print, at a resolution of at least 300 dpi.
*ARTWORK CHARGES: If your artwork is submitted properly, we will make the necessary adjustments to make it print-ready, free of charge. If anything beyond that needs to be added / created / edited at your request, we bill design fees at $50 per-hour. Any artwork not submitted in one of the above formats is subject to design fees.
If your artwork does not meet the requirements, if you only have a hard copy of your artwork, or if you need artwork created/edited, drop us an email, and we'll let you know what's possible.
You can submit your artwork here for verification.
American Apparel Wholesale: Product info on American Apparel's current wholesale line. They make some of our favorite shirts to print on, right here in LA.
Brandbook Online: Check out the latest styles from Hanes, Gildan, Next Level, Bella, Anvil, and more.
Alstyle Apparel: Manufacturers of AAA t-shirts.
Otto Cap: Our main supplier of hats and caps. Great for embroidery.
Font Space: Cool fonts for your t-shirt designs.
1001 Fonts: More cool fonts for your t-shirt designs.
YouSendIt: File up-loader for art files larger than 10MB.
T-Shirt Forums: Online forum dedicated to all things t-shirt related.