Welcome to Contract Screen Printing with Special Tees
Hello friends! We look forward to helping you with your
contract spot-color screen printing needs! Below are some details to help us
help you get into a perfect rhythm for your success and to help us meet each
other’s expectations. We are currently offering Contract Screen Printing for
spot-color plastisol printing. Our program is designed for businesses and
individuals who want to offer screen printing services to their customers and
clients without managing the production process. We are here to help you
additional details regarding pricing, turn around, approval process, payment,
shipping, required art files, and other miscellaneous details.
We are in the process of opening our doors to contract screen printing. Please bear with us while we update this page. Please call or email Contracts@special-tees.com with any questions while we update.
Please send us your Purchase Order, Proof, Output files (print-ready art at-size). We will build your order in our system and inventory your garments when they arrive. Once we have received your goods and order details, we will send your approval via email. If we have discovered any inconsistencies, shortages, or garment quality issues, we will notify you at this time. If everything on our Order Approval is correct, please return your signed Approval and call with payment. Your production time will begin upon receipt of your signed Approval, goods, and payment.
We require payment up front on all contract printing orders. We do not collect or store payment information for security and safety reasons. Please call us when you are ready to pay and we will process your payment over the phone. We will process the transaction in-the-moment via Authorize.net.
Shipping to us and Shipping to them
Please ship all goods for contract screen printing orders to our address. Special Tees 7313 Grove Road Unit F Frederick, Maryland 21704. Need us to ship the order to your client? No problem. Simply provide us with the ship-to address and your UPS shipper number on your Purchase Order. Please consider production time + shipping time to your client when planning your desired in-hands date.
Ready to Submit Your PO?
(New online submission form coming soon!)
Standard turn around for contract screen printing is 5-7 business days after receipt of goods, PO, Approval, and Payment. Please send your PO and order details to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please let us know when your order will be arriving. If your order is split between warehouses or providers, please let us know. We will build your order when we receive your PO, and then send the approval upon receipt of goods. Production time begins the day after receipt of all the above. Please sign and return your Approval and contact us with payment as soon as possible in order to keep your intended timeline on track. Delay in receipt of signed approval, payment, or goods, will delay your in-hands date.
Rush Production Times
Need your order produced in less than 5 business days? Please reach out via phone to confirm your rush needs. For less than 5 days: Please add 25% For less than 4 days: Please add 40% For less than 3 days: Please add 50% For less than 48 hours/Same day: Please add 100%
Please allow more
time during peak season
Our busiest season is from May-the second week of June. We will do our
best to keep our standard turn around for all our clients during this time.
Please call ahead to confirm production time for hard in-hands dates or rush turn around during peak season and the weeks surrounding July 4th.
Download Your Contract Purchase Order Form
Need help submitting a Purchase Order?
Click here to fill out a .pdf or .xls file.
(Purchase order form will be downloadable soon)
Please allow for 2% spoilage per order. For every order, contract or regular, we trouble-shoot the set up of the design to ensure quality. Once we feel confident in the set up, we begin printing your order. We take garment style, garment blend, design, ink colors and many other details into account to ensure the best quality imprint. Please note: It is your responsibility to ensure garment quality prior to production. We understand it is much easier to drop ship your order directly to us from suppliers. We do our best to inspect goods upon receipt. We will notify you of any quality concerns discovered from our inventory process. We do our best to identify any garment quality concerns prior to production, however, we cannot be responsible for replacing or reprinting any good or orders due to product quality concerns discovered post production.
Having an additional small shirt to use during for your print set up helps us ensure all the nuances of your order turn out great. We recommend sending an additional size small with your order as a best practice. We will use the additional small to help trouble shoot your print set up and ensure best quality. While sending an additional size small is not required, it is very helpful.
Please call or email email@example.com for contract pricing information or to request additional information.
Check back soon as we continue to update this page! We look forward to printing your order!
Spot-Color Screen Printing
We currently offer contract-screen printing for spot-color designs. Spot color printing uses pre-mixed inks to print the colors in the design being printed. We are not offering CMYK (process) screen printing services at this time, but may consider this in the future. If you have any questions about if your design should be printed as spot color or process color, please give us a call to review your artwork or email your art and questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. We are always open to considering an exception to help you achieve success.
We currently offer contract printing using plastisol inks. Plastisol inks are the most common type of inks used for screen printing on garments. We may offer other types of inks/processes in the future. Please check in if you have any questions.
Please review our current list of screen printing inks colors available. Don’t see a color you want? Please give us a call. We can see about ordering for you.
Ink Changes are $10 ea per color, per location. Please note:
Some art changes may require a separate set up and may not qualify as an ink change. Please reach out if you have any questions.
Need us to mix a specific ink color that we do not currently offer? We would be happy to mix and color match to the best of our ability. There is a Color Matching Charge of $25 per color/per order for order of 249 units or less. If you are ordering more than 250 items that need color matching, please reach out for a Color Matching Quote. Depending on your design details, we may need to order pre-mixed ink from the manufacturer to fulfill your needs. Pricing would be based on your design, color, and quantity.
Submit an Art File Review Request
Email email@example.com and send your file or a Dropbox or Google link to download your art.
(Interactive Art File Review Request Coming Soon)
Art Files and Formats Required
1. Please send your print-ready files in vector format. Vector format is typically a file created with Adobe Illustrator and ends in .eps, .ai, or .svg. When art is not provided at the desired imprint size, it may cause confusion regarding your imprint, and could potentially result in a print at the size you did not intend or may require art time for us to correct for you.
2. Please ensure your print-ready files are at-size.
4. Please assign all spot colors for multi-color designs.
When art is not provided at the desired imprint size, it may cause confusion regarding your imprint, and could potentially result in a print at the size you did not intend or may require art time for us to correct for you.
Art File Review
Need us to review a file so we can make a recommendation? We are happy to take a look. Please connect with us first by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org with at “File Review Request.” Please send your file and describe how you want it printed. We will take a look and can advise accordingly. In some cases it may be best to look at the file together while discussing over the phone. Give us a call! We look forward connecting with you about your art!
Art File Tips
Consider the small details. When printing on dark garments, avoid details that are finer than 3 point stroke thickness. Some art files with finer details may work, but It all depends on the art. Have some fine details you need us to look over? Please email email@example.com to review together.
File Types We want to Avoid
Please keep in mind that saving a ".jpg" with the ".eps" handle does not create a vector format file. It simply is a raster file saved with a vector extension. These types of files may not print well and will likely require an art fee. Please avoid sending any artwork that involves pixel-based images or clipping masks. We can certainly work with such files, but there is a high likelihood such files will require art fees to prepare the file for print-ready. We are always happy to take a look over your design and advise.
We Look Forward to Printing Your Order
Check back soon for more details or reach out via phone or email!
Front and Back Imprint Area for Standard Adult Shirts
The current max imprint area is about 14” wide x 16” tall.
Standard Youth Front and Back Imprint Areas
The current max imprint area on our youth palates is about 9-10” wide x 12” tall. *some sizes may not support these dimensions. Please check your shirt dimensions to determine the best size imprints for youth styles and ladies junior or missy-fit styles.
Sleeve and Leg
The current max imprint area for sleeve and leg designs is 3.5” wide and 12” long.
Combining Styles and Sizes
When planning your order, please consider the smallest size garment in the order. Youth tees and several ladies’ styles that are “missy fit” or “junior fit” may not support the max imprint size. Check your sizing to ensure the set up for the imprint will fit on all the garments in your order. If you need a smaller size imprint, this will be considered a different set up. Pricing will be based on the quantity per set up.
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