13 March 2009 ~ 0 Comments

The BlueCotton Bailout: More T-Shirt for Your $$$

Stretch out your hard-earned money at BlueCotton.com

While everyone’s taking a closer look at their expenditures and analyzing each dime, you oughta know BlueCotton wants to help you stretch your apparel dollar further.  We’re ready to bail YOU out of our overpriced competitors’ trap and show you how to get the most shirt for your money.  There are many ways to create a striking t-shirt design without breaking the bank.  Anyhow, let’s start with a few basics on how we price our shirts.

1. The more garments your order, the less expensive each one will be.  This allows us to spread the cost of production out over more shirts and save you money.  50 shirts will be less expensive PER SHIRT than 25 shirts.  100 shirts will be less expensive PER SHIRT than 50 shirts.  It’s kinda like buying a pallet of cheese curls from Costco…its cheaper PER BAG in the long run to buy the whole pallet instead of buying one bag at a time.  You get the idea?

2. The fewer ink colors we print, the less expensive the shirts will be.  A one color front is cheaper than a two color front; that much is obvious.  I will show you later on the blog how you can use the color of your shirt as a “free color” and save money on ink colors.  A shirt printed only on the front is less expensive than a shirt printed on the front and back.  Makes sense, right?

3. The cost of the blank t-shirt is factored into the pricing.  Premium brand shirts–like American Apparel and Bella–are more expensive than more standard brands like Hanes and Gildan.  50/50 cotton / polyester blend shirts are less expensive than 100% cotton.  Depending on your personal preference, a 50/50 is not necessarily a “cheap” shirt. 50/50s are lighter in weight and resist significant shrinkage.  If price is a factor, 50/50 garments are the way to go.  Since white tees do not go through a dyeing process, they are less expensive than color shirts.  For the absolute lowest cost shirt, you want a 50/50 in white.

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10 July 2008 ~ 0 Comments

Website Tip: Get Quick Price

Get Quick Price ButtonIf you’re a price-conscious individual, the first thing on your mind when shopping for a product is probably, “How much is this going to cost me?”  We here at BlueCotton respect this point-of-view and want you to have access to such information with very little effort.  I introduce to you an oft-overlooked feature of BlueCotton.com–the “Get Quick Price” button.

If you already know how many garments you plan to purchase, and how many colors will be used in your design, getting a quick estimate of your final cost is a trivial process.  When you find a garment you would like to customize, just click the “Get Quick Price” button located below the garment photo and description (pictured right).

Quick Price DialogDoing so will bring up the Quick Price form (pictured left).  In this window, simply enter the number of garments you plan to purchase as well as the number of colors that will be used on both the front and back of the garment.  After that, just click the “Get Price” button at the bottom of the form.

Now, as you browse our huge selection of screen-printable garments, your customized price-per-garment information–for both white and colored garments–will appear below.  Need to change change the quantity or the number of colors for your quote?  No problem!  Just click the “Change Quick Price” button below the quoted prices and modify the information in the form for new, updated prices!

Quick Prices

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27 June 2008 ~ 1 Comment

Design Studio Tip: Design Ideas

LightbulbSo you want to create a shirt for your organization or for an upcoming event, but you have no idea what you want your design to look like?  Well, BlueCotton.com has just the thing to cure your creative woes… Just check out our Design Ideas section and get started customizing one of over 200 pre-made designs in dozens of different categories!  These provide the perfect starting point for anyone needing a little creative boost when creating their very own, unique custom garments.

Continue reading for a more in-depth review of how Design Ideas works and how they can help you achieve an attractive design you can be proud of…

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21 January 2008 ~ 1 Comment

The Lowdown on Uploaded Images

How can you tell if your uploaded graphic will print crisp and clean on the shirt? Here’s a quick and easy test: before uploading your graphic to the Design Studio, print it from your printer at the size you want to print on the shirt. If the print looks blurry, chunky or dirty, it won’t look any better on the shirt.

So how do you fix this? Making the graphic high resolution is the best place to start. If you are using a vector-based graphics program such as Adobe® Illustrator®, be sure to export your file with a resolution of 300 dpi. If you are using a raster-based program such as Adobe® Photoshop®, start the process by working with a resolution of 300 dpi. In some programs the resolution may be referred to as ppi (pixels per inch); for our purposes this is the same as dpi. A common mistake is to use 72 dpi, which is perfect for on-screen viewing, but will produce poor print results. It’s also important for the graphic to be the size you intend to print on the garment. For instance, if you want your graphic to print 10”w x 11”h, make it 10”w x 11”h at 300 dpi. If you start with dimensions smaller than you intend the final print to be, you are essentially decreasing the resolution of the image when you enlarge it. [...]

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