It wasn’t that long ago, anybody looking for personalised /custom shirts had pretty much one choice. They would go to the local sporting goods store, pick out the puffy white iron-on letters that spell whatever you want to say, and have the letters ironed on one letter at a time, one shirt at a time. Not anymore.
Today, anybody with a computer and an internet connection can create any design they like and have that design printed in all it’s multi-coloured glory on anything from t-shirts to water bottles to license plate frames.
How On-Demand & Custom Printing Services Work?
In easy words; you simply find the right t-shirt, mug, phone case or hoodie, customise it and buy that item. To elaborate on that, you locate the item you want; you hit the customise button, write the words you want, in whichever colour you deem fit, add a symbol, picture or twist the words around to a certain degree to give a slanted effect and save it. You are presented with a price, if you are happy with your order, you simply pay and wait for it to arrive by post. Some custom print items like t-shirts, hoodies, sweats, shopping bags, etc. also give you the option of printing on the back side as well, so you can add your personal touch to the back as well.
Without further delay here are some of the best custom printing or on demand printing services out there. These services let you choose the size, base colour and material of your item as well, so you have a good quality base to start with which you can then personalise to your heart’s content.
So which are the best custom shirt printing service websites? Let’s find out.
The best known of custom t-shirt printing service out there, and for a good reason, is CafePress; a one stop shop for personalisation of just about any kind. They cater to t-shirts, mugs, shopping bags, iPhone cases, stationary, baby and accessories, etc. Prices start from $15, of course, this depends on the item and the type of print you want customised and go up from there. The list of printable items is ridiculous, and there are discounts for bulk ordering. The process could not be easier. Select the item you want to personalise, use their handy Online Design Tool to create whatever your heart desires. From customised Movies and TV show t-shirt prints to campaign awareness, they cover nearly everything. Most impressive, the CafePress FAQ claims that most items will be shipped within 24 hours of purchase! CafePress also does regular promotions from free shipping to discounts. So keep checking.
A sound & cheaper alternative to CafePress is Zazzle. Another very good customisable t-shirt printing service. Though the list of customizable items seems to be slightly smaller compared to CafePress, there is a limit to just how much you need to print on anyways, right? Additionally, the design tool for Zazzle seems a little more geared towards people who have already created their images and want to upload them for printing. The flip side to this, though, is that their prices are considerably lower on similar items. While a single, printed white t-shirt on CafePress is close to $30, that same option on Zazzle starts at $14.95 and goes up from there, depending on the quality of shirt you desire. Zazzle also offers the same 24-hour turnaround on most items. They also seem to have a good return policy which they advertise in their footer of every page. It appears that, at this time, there are promos for 15% off your order when you join the Zazzle mailing list as well as other promos splashed on various pages throughout the site.
This is less custom printing service and more a place to buy unique designs and geeky art on your chosen shirts & accessories. Threadless is based on the unique artwork submitted by designers & artists from around the world, which is scored by the community & the winning designs are printed. The artists are paid royalties and win some cash prizes. So why choose to buy from here than say your local store? Firstly, the designs here cannot be found in your mall or retail outlet, also, if you’re the sort who enjoys having a matching wall art, phone cases and matching shirts for kids then this is where you go. Threadless is slightly pricey with shirts starting at $25. However, they make up for it in ready made unique custom designs that are pure joy to look at.
Teespring is a unique crowdfunding service for custom t-shirt prints & designs. So basically, here you don’t just create a design for personal use but allow other people to buy as well. Currently restricted to Tshirts & Hoodies only, it presents an incredibly simple and straight forward way to not just create your design but be profitable as well. With Teespring you only print when the campaign reaches a point where its profitable and there are buyers. Setting up a print campaign is easier than many other options here. In fact, everyone should use Teespring if they are running a campaign to raise money or awareness for a cause.
What I particularly liked about Teespring was how each base shirt was described as Budget friendly, top of the line & premium materials with a base cost for bulk quantities. To use Teespring, you simply, choose your type of T-shirt, hoody or tank top; add a custom message + design, add colour and then set your sales target or campaign goal. Teespring calculates your estimated profit and lets your choose additional materials for the same campaign. Once, you’re happy with your design, you simply describe your campaign and Teespring will do the rest. To reach your sales goal quickly, you will need to do some promotion activity on your own as well however most people reach targets fairly quickly! Use our Invite link to earn an extra $1 per shirt (up to $1,000) sold towards your first campaign.
Spreadsheet combines the likes of Threadless with Teespring i.e. you can sell your designs directly and earn a commission every time you make a sale. Alternately you can setup your shop and earn from selling your designs + creations directly. You can also choose from the numerous designs and shops already in the Spreadshirt marketplace. And finally, you can create your custom t-shirt or accessory in any size & colour with your text & artwork. Spreadshirt is possibly the largest regarding the presence and is available in over 19 countries. There is an excellent return policy if you aren’t 100% satisfied. Their payment methods include PayPal, Credit Card and Check/money order.
This on-demand printing service lets you create designs on any number of shirts, garments and athletic wear. The true beauty of the system lies in bulk ordering which makes it the one-stop shop for those who wish to order for teams, groups & events. They have some of the largest collections of online fonts, designs & clip art graphics. Their online editing tools, called the lab, allow you to not just add the colours to your designs but also create styles like Word Art. What’s more, if you have your design, you can easily upload and add it in. For team prints, you can add names and numbers to a list and specify the size for each clothing item.
Custom Ink goes beyond product creation as offered by others on this list; they have a dedicated team who will review your design & order and get back to you with any questions or concerns, so no matter how complicated your group design is, you can be assured that the custom print will be top notch. They even send you a free sample if the design merits to get your approval before it goes into production! This service is currently limited to US and Canada only.
Do you know about any other excellent on-demand printing service that has never disappointed you? Mention it in the comments below, and we might just review it!