Showing posts with label Custom T-Shirt & Apparel Buying Tips. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Custom T-Shirt & Apparel Buying Tips. Show all posts

Monday, October 10, 2016

Don't Lose Your Design | Save Your Layout

The last thing you want to do is lose all the hard work you've done. Think about it -  you've just spent 30 to 60 minutes creating your design for custom t-shirts, polos, hoodies, sweatshirts or some other apparel product. But you're not ready to order. You need to save this design and it is extremely easy to do. 

From the designer, simply click on the Save Layout button and name your design.

Save Design Variations

Whether you are modifying a template, designing from scratch or uploading your logo, you can save every variation you want. This could be image size, ink colors, text variations, multiple print locations or whatever else you come up with.

Save Product  & Quantity Variations

Not only will Save Layout store your design, but it will save the product information, including shirt color, sizes and pricing. This is terrific for saving all sorts of variations you can later use as reference for placing orders online.

For instance, let's say you create a 4-color design you want printed on t-shirts. Perhaps you are not certain exactly which style t-shirt you want nor are your sure how many you want to buy. Likely the total cost will help you come to a decision. You can save every variation for quick comparison.

For example, you can save your design using the popular Gildan 2000 Ultra Cotton T-shirt with quantities of 50 and 100. You can then change the product, say to a finer quality Next Level Premium Cotton T-shirt , and also save that in quantities of 50 and 100. You can save each variation so long as you name each layout differently. So in this example you would have 4 different saved layouts, perhaps named My Logo Gildan 2000 - 50, My Logo Gildan 2000 - 100, My Logo Next Level 3600 - 50, My Logo Next Level 3600 - 100. Now you can log into your account and open any of these variations later for quick reference.

Save Everything

The bottom line: You can save every variation you want just as long as you name each one differently. So create variations of your design on a variety of different products and colors, so you can use them later.

From your account control panel you can access Saved Layouts

Watch How It's Done In This Video

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Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Make Your Shirts Perform

Performance T-Shirts & Sportswear Are Preferred

There is no doubt that performance fabrics are here to stay. Their popularity greatly increased a decade ago, but not everybody jumped in. Most consumers resisted mainly because of the higher cost initially and the unfamiliarity. But the fabric has evolved and is immensely popular for use as everything from running shirts to uniforms. We have seen the continued growth over the years and it's undeniable. For instance, participant t-shirts for running events used to be ordered as 100% cotton or 50/50 blend in nearly every case. But in 2016, we are seeing custom t-shirt orders for running events lean towards performance fabrics, with 70% of the orders being 100% polyester.

What is Performance Fabric?

In nearly every case for customized apparel, your performance fabric will be made of 100% polyester. The fabrics are engineered to provide maximum comfort and protection for active and excessive use. Fabrics are knitted in a variety of thicknesses, with an emphasis on breathability, stretchability and moisture wicking properties.

Moisture-wicking fabrics are made to move moisture away from the body to the fabric surface where it can evaporate quickly. Drywicking is a new variation that improves evaporation even more by using a smart two-tiered fabric with the outer layer being a natural fabric, which is more absorbent, drawing moisture away from the body for greater evaporation, leaving the skin dry.

Thermal properties are also a major factor, with fabrics having a wider range of comfort through temperature fluctuations - staying cooler in the heat and warmer in the cold. Additionally, performance fabrics are treated with a number of coatings, the most common being anti-microbial, anti-odor, wrinkle resistance, stain resistance and UV blocking.

What Performance Products Can You Customize?

Activewear of every type is available in performance fabrics, with new styles entering the market every year. All of these performance apparel products can be customized with screen-printing or embroidery. Performance fabrics are a natural for sports apparel, but are also extremely popular for use as company uniforms.

 Check out the huge variety of performance apparel below.

 See All Performance Apparel
 See All Performance Apparel

 See Ladies Performance Apparel
 See Ladies Performance Apparel 
See Performance Sport Polos
See Performance Sport Polos

See Performance T-Shirts
See Performance T-Shirts

See Performance Baseball Shirts
See Performance Baseball Shirts

See Performance Sport Tanks
See Performance Sport Tanks

See Performance Golf Shirts
See Performance Golf Shirts

See Performance Polo Shirts
See Performance Polo Shirts

See Performance Sports Jerseys
See Performance Sports Jerseys

See Performance Reversible Jerseys
See Performance Reversible Jerseys

See Performance Basketball Jerseys
See Performance Basketball Jerseys

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Friday, May 13, 2016

Tell Your Customers You Mean Business

Logoed Apparel Makes a Positive Impression
Logoed Apparel Makes a Positive Impression

Customers Want To Feel Comfortable

Sometimes we get so caught up in our business, we forget to look in the mirror - literally. As a business owner or manager, it's always a good idea to look at examples of how other businesses operate. Do you frequent a business that always impresses you? What do they do that makes you feel so comfortable? When you look at your own business, do you feel like your customers see you the way you wish to be perceived? If not, you need to do something about it.

What You Don't Want To Do

Have you ever needed some landscaping, remodeling or other service for your home? Maybe you've needed some other service, like auto repair or legal advice. Many times you will ask for a few estimates, not just for pricing, but to see who you will be working with. Now ask yourself "Did the company representative's appearance make an impressions on you?" Of course it did. Most likely you felt most secure with the company that not only knew what they were talking about, but LOOKED GOOD too. Don't be the company that doesn't look good.

Show Them You Mean Business

Aside from all the extremely important things you must do to impress your customers, such as promptness, friendliness, and great service or product offerings, you must look the part. And this part really is easy. You need to wear logoed apparel.

The options are endless. For many companies, such as, landscapers, builders, restaurants or bars, a simple screen-printed t-shirt (fancy or basic) for staff or servers will do the trick. For retail counter help, financial services, home services or contractors, embroidered polos or woven shirts are likely a better choice.

You know your business and how you want to present yourself. Take the step to show your customers you mean business. And if you need assistance or advice, call us - we're glad to help.

Add Your Logo to Polos with Embroidery
Add Your Logo to Polos with Embroidery

Add Your Logo to Woven Shirts with Embroidery
Add Your Logo to Woven Shirts with Embroidery

Add Your Logo to T-Shirts with Printing or Embroidery
Add Your Logo to T-Shirts with Printing or Embroidery

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Friday, April 15, 2016

Create Custom T-Shirts with Facebook & Instagram

T-Shirts With Facebook & Instagram Images Made Easy

Do you have photos or images in your Facebook or Instagram account that you think would look really cool on a T-shirt? Great, then go for it. TerrificT makes it very easy to add your images within the Online T-shirt Designer

Just open the designer, click on Add Art, select Digital Print, then click on Facebook or Instagram from the categories list. If you are not logged in, you will be prompted to do so.

Then add text, clipart and effects as you wish.

See It Action With This Video

Start Designing Custom T-Shirts Now

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Friday, April 8, 2016

Create A T-Shirt Fundraiser To Raise Donations!

Example of T-Shirt Fundraiser that Raised $1300
Example of T-Shirt Fundraiser that Raised $1300 with Just 116 Shirts Sold

Our New T-Shirt Fundraising Platform: FundraiserTee

T-shirts are a terrific way to raise donations for a cause. People love to help and receiving a gift is always a great motivator. Furthermore, the t-shirt will continue to raise awareness in the long term. has worked hard over the last 12 months to develop a platform that makes the entire process extremely easy to do yourself online. In January 2016, we launched FundraiserTee which empowers you to setup a t-shirt fundraiser in just minutes.

Simply pick a shirt, add a design, set a goal and launch your campaign. A unique marketing page is created instantly for your fundraiser. All you need to do is promote it by email and social sharing, such as Facebook & Twitter.

When the campaign is over (you set the length from 7-21 days), FundraiserTee does the rest. We print the shirts in bulk, then mail them to all your supporters. No inventory, up front costs or collecting money. We do it all for you and send you the profits by check or PayPal. See How It Works

Not Comfortable Doing It Yourself?

Hey, we get it - if it's not your cup of tea to do it yourself, we'll do it for you. We will create a design for you and setup the campaign. Just ask.

T-Shirt Fundraising With FundraiserTee
T-Shirt Fundraising With FundraiserTee

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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Perfect Ladies T-Shirt - the Gildan 5V00L V-Neck: Product Review

Standard Cut Ladies T-Shirt

Finally, a ladies v-neck t-shirt that doesn't require being a contortionist. Seriously, we have been selling custom t-shirts since 1987 and when women's styles finally hit the forefront, just within the last 10 years, it amazes us how many styles are only available in Missy or Juniors styles.

Not everyone wants to wear a skin tight t-shirt! Even women who 'can' wear tight fitted t-shirts, often prefer a standard cut. Gildan has fit the bill with the 5V00L V-Neck.

5V00L Gildan Heavy Cotton™ Ladies' V-Neck T-Shirt 
For a solid-feeling V-Neck tee, look no further than the wizards at Gildan 
preshrunk 100% cotton jersey knit • 5.3 oz. • missy contoured silhouette with side seams • 1/2" mitered v-neck collar • taped neck and shoulders • cap sleeves • double-needle sleeve and bottom hems • tear-away label • Sizes: S-3XL

Size Chart

Body Width34 1⁄239 1⁄242 1⁄246 1⁄250 1⁄254 1⁄2
Body Length26 1⁄226272828 1⁄229
Sleeve Length13 1⁄41414 3⁄415 3⁄416 3⁄417 1⁄2

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

New Super Savings 25% Discount on Custom T-Shirts & Apparel

Custom T-Shirts & Apparel 25% Discount & Free Shipping 

Know Your Price Immediately!

No more coupon codes necessary for Super online pricing. TerrificT just made it a little easier to know what you are paying. All you have to do is click on the product to see your discounted price. Shipping is Free on every order, so you don't have to wait until you get to checkout to know your final price.

When you are browsing products, select the item to see your discounted price.

The detailed product page will display your discounted price.

The designer prices will automatically update after changes to artwork, shirt style, shirt color, and quantity. Shipping is Free!

All Online Custom Apparel Orders Are Discounted & Shipped Free

Terrifict offers a huge selection of apparel for customization with screen-printing, digital printing and embroidery. Every category is automatically discounted 25% & shipped free when you order online at, including:

Custom T-shirts

 Custom Ladies Shirts

 Custom Kids Shirts

 Custom Sweatshirts

 Custom USA Made

 Custom Dress Shirts

 Custom Polos

 Custom Jackets

 Custom Hats

 Custom Performance Shirts

Join Us & Get Bigger Discounts with Exclusive Offers

All you have to do is become a customer or signup for our Super Savings Club. We will periodically email you Exclusive Deals with coupon codes for Savings of 30-40%. Signup for Super Savings on Custom T-Shirts & Apparel

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Cool Way to Add Facebook & Instagram Images to T-shirts

Design custom t-shirts online with a direct link to your Facebook & Instagram images. This very short video shows just how easy it is. Create your custom t-shirt at TerrificT Custom T-Shirts

Enjoy the funky music in the background!

Create Your Own Custom T-Shirts With Facebook & Instagram Images at TerrificT
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Thursday, May 22, 2014

Don't Buy Custom T-Shirts Online

So why shouldn't you buy custom t-shirts online? That's simple - because you don't have to. For many folks, ordering online is just not an easy process. Furthermore, there is always the issue of TRUST. Just how do you know who you are dealing with when thousands of screen-printers are littering the Google searches with the "Best Deal on Custom T-Shirts".

If you are searching online for screen printers or embroiders to produce your custom t-shirts, polos, jackets or other apparel, then chances are that you either got let down by your local t-shirt shop or you are looking for lower prices. Both reasons have merit.

So where am I going with this? We'll, even though we here at have knocked ourselves out for years building excellent online tools for ordering custom t-shirts and apparel online, we still process most of our orders the old fashion way. We get a phone call or an email, often a referral, requesting quotes and orders. Most screen printers do this everyday.

The Point Is This

The Internet is still an excellent tool to find new or better sources for custom screen-print or embroidered apparel. They don't even need to be local necessarily. Many excellent t-shirt providers, and yes TerrifcT is one of them, have large production facilities in multiple locations across the country to facilitate shorter delivery times and lower (if not free) shipping costs.

Start Your Search

So if clicking product menus and uploading artwork just isn't your cup of tea, use the Internet to research screen printers and narrow your selection down to 3. You want to look at Reviews, Content, and Price.

Tip: Don't look on just the first page of your Google search. Many extremely competent screen printers and embroiders will be buried deep, say 10-50 pages back. 

This has nothing to do with their t-shirt printing skill, but is rather a matter of time & resources - screen printers who have had a strong Internet presence for many years, will naturally dominate the first 10 pages of your Internet Google, Bing, or Yahoo search.

Now send them an email and request a quote. Then ask them to call you for assistance. This will give you a good idea of how the operation runs. Beyond that, look for samples of their screen-printing or embroidery work on their websites. Also, read some of the reviews or testimonials - are they independently verified?

Do you make several custom garment purchases throughout the year for your business, club or organization? If so, perhaps you should try sending a small test order to your favorite candidate.

Bottom Line

You can find Excellent Screen Printing & Embroidery providers online and let them do the work of placing the order for you. Just call or email them. The good ones, will still make it easy for you.

Custom T-Shirt Competitor Comparisons

Here are a few links to popular online custom t-shirt sites, including yours truly, TerrificT, CustomInk and BlueCotton.
Custom T-Shirts from TerrificT

Custom T-Shirts from CustomInk

Custom T-Shirts from BlueCotton

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TerrificT Custom T-Shirt Testimonials
Megan D. says : I initially chose TerrificT because they had so many shirt choices available for for single item printing. When the shirt I chose wasn't available, they contacted me immediately with some alternative choices. They even contacted the mill that makes one of the shirts to verify that the measurements were accurate. I bit my nails until the shirt arrived and...YES! The shirt is perfect and I can't tell you how much I appreciate the attention to everything along the way. I will definitely be buying all my custom shirts here from now on.

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Why Better Screens Make Better T-Shirts

Screen Exposure Test ReviewMr. Terrific Knows Custom T-ShirtsCloseup of Screen Print Exposure Test Review
Evaluating Completed Screen Exposure Test
Say, what's this guy doing you might ask?

We'll, that guy is Felipe and he is one of TerrificT's resident screen-print guru's.

What Felipe is doing is reviewing a Screen Exposure Test with what we printers call a 'Loop', which magnifies small details such as halftone dots.

You see, being at the top of your game as a Custom T-shirt & Apparel Screen-Printer is not a matter of just slapping ink on a shirt.

To be the best, you MUST constantly set time aside for research and development, as well as, monitoring your screen and print standards to ensure you are within your acceptable production tolerances. I don't know what it is about screen printers in general, but dang I wish more took quality seriously. Unfortunately, the unwary t-shirt buyer only sees price much of the time until it is too late.

Why Your Screen Printer Should Use A Screen Exposure Calculator

Screen exposure tests matter, yet many screen printers don't bother to do them. An exposure test is done to determine the proper amount of exposure time for making screens. A test film positive, aka exposure calculator,  is used to create a multiple step exposure of a detailed test image (basically a step-wedge test). For example, a test pattern of varying line weights and halftone dots will be repeated 10 times on one piece of artwork. A tinted filter is placed over this test image with an increasingly darker tint on each repeated test image. After making one screen with the test image, you effectively have the same image repeated 10 times, but each exposed with a different amount of light . Each exposure step represents a factor of the test exposure time. The results are analyzed for edge definition, detail and complete exposure.  The best result determines the optimum exposure time.

Illustration: 10 Step Exposure Test Image
Illustration: 10 Step Exposure Test Image

An exposure test is needed to ensure that a screen will print the best detail possible. If a screen is underexposed, detail will be blown out, often seen as blurry edges or white underbases 'creeping' because they are not fully trapped by overprinting ink colors - underexposed screens allow too much ink. Underexposure will also cause screens to breakdown in production, producing unwanted dots in the imprint area (pinholes) and likely ruining screens in successive print jobs because ink will physically bond with the screen mesh and ,unbeknownst to less experienced printers,  block detail when the screens are used again on future print jobs.

If a screen is overexposed, there will be a loss of detail, especially noticeable with fine lines, small fonts, and halftones. For toned or 4-color process images, this dot loss will make images look washed out and often create unwanted moire patterns.

A screen-printer must perform exposure tests for all the different screen types they use. For instance, depending upon the print shop, several different mesh counts are used. In layman's terms, mesh count refers to how large the openings are of the screen mesh. Printers use  larger openings to print more ink and finer meshes to print detail.

Exposure tests are not a one-time event. Being a great screen printer is hard work. Several variables, such as, humidity, art quality (film density or dmax), exposure light degeneration and others, merit frequent tests. I recommend weekly tests, incorporated into the workflow, but monthly tests will suffice.

Bottom line: A screen printer cannot guess proper screen exposure times - exposure tests must be performed. Precisely exposed screens will always produce sharper, detailed images. Sure, you can produce bad prints with good screens if you don't know what you are doing, but that's putting the 'cart before the horse' - first you must start with excellent screens, then worry about good printing habits.

Super Screens Make Super Prints On T-shirts.
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