How many colors should I use in my t-shirt design?Author: admin | Category: Uncategorized
We are often asked to print many colors in a design and one may think that the more colors you put in your t-shirt design the better your shirts are going to look. We have found in our experience that when it comes to screen printing t-shirts more is not always better. When designing, it is always advisable to use as few colors as possible for several reasons, the least of which is set up cost and cost per unit for printing. Obviously, the fewer colors here the cheaper the cost, and in the event of frequent re ordering this needs to be a consideration. Too many colors on many designs tend to clutter the space. In the printing process we often lay down one or two colors of a four or five color logo and say “that looks great right now, our client should have stopped at two colors”. We have found this to be the case far too often, and even though we attempt to steer our clients in this direction, they often insist on all the colors. Every once in awhile we will be so impressed with one or two colors that we will actually leave one shirt that way to show our client and most of the time they decide to go that way on the next order because they had no idea that their design would look so good in one or two colors, not to mention the cost savings. Our recomendation is to pay much closer attention to print color and shirt color combinations for the most pop and when possible use the color of the shirt and halftones to enhance the design and save money.