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Tee Shirt designs are a lot of fun. It involves silk screening, which is a completely different process for printing than traditional printing press with ink and paper. I enjoy working with a colored fabric backing to the imprint, and incorporating the shirt itself into the design.
I have been designing tees since 1984, while working at Messiah College, where it seemed there was a team tee-shirt to go with almost every big publicity function. Homecoming, Welcome Weekend, Summer Orientation were just a few events where each person involved was given a tee shirt to wear during the event, so hundreds and hundreds of tees all over campus... it was fun.
Usually designs for tees take a few days or a few weeks, depending on the complexity, plus about 203 weeks for the actual printing process. So, please plan ahead! Shirts in all the various sizes need to be ordered and delivered, the screens produced -- one for each color of ink on the design -- and then the shirts need to be printed by hand, one color at a time, one shirt at a time.
If you are ordering dozens of shirts, the set-up and design cost can easily be averaged into the final price to make shirts affordable as a handout OR for sale with room for your mark-up for your event or fund-raiser.
If you only need a very few shirts, the final price may seem inflated per piece due to these set-up charges.
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