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100% Cotton

As one of the most popular t-shirt fabrics, cotton is soft and perfect for sensitive skin. It is often referred to as one of the best materials for screen printing since the outside is perfectly smooth. Most cotton t-shirts are lightweight but heavier weight options are available as well. There are several styles of cotton t-shirts offered through The Merch Planet. Any of these affordable options are sure to look great with your screen-printed design. With cotton, it is important to keep in mind that t-shirts can shrink when dried in a machine so sizing up may be a good idea for many customers.

100% polyester

The next type of fabric discussed in this t-shirt guide is often referred to as the “fitness fabric” due to its ability to dry quickly. Polyester is also known for holding its shape well, even though the wash and dry cycles. This fabric is resilient and comfortable, making it a great option for screen printing. If you want your branded shirts to last a long time, peruse polyester options. They include a wide variety of colors and fits so it’s easy to find the right blank canvas for your next printing project.

50/50 Blends

The 50/50 blend is also called “poly-cotton” by some brands because it’s a combination of both fabrics. T-shirts made with a 50/50 blend generally also hold shape well but are light and cool, making them perfect for everyday wear in hot environments. This fabric is popular with screen printers because it is wrinkle resistant and the inclusion of polyester gives it the strength to last through wash cycles. 50/50 blend options from The Merch Planet include several brands and styles at affordable prices.


As a blend of cotton, polyester, and rayon, tri-blend is one of the most popular fabrics mentioned in this t-shirt guide. It is a favorite material for screen printers who are hoping for a “vintage” look for their projects. Tri-blend t-shirts are known for their extremely soft feel and they hold their shape well through washing without shrinking. Although tri-blend shirts are generally known as an expensive option for business owners who want to screen print, there are several affordable tri-blend options available.

Take the options discussed in this t-shirt guide into consideration when planning out your next screen printing job. By choosing the right t-shirt material, you can create an end result that offers the style, softness, and durability your customers want.

The Best Way To Prep to Your Files

How Should I Prepare My File For Printing?

All Files must be 300 DPI or a Vector File. Preferred file types are .PSD, .TIF, .EPS, .AI, .PDF, and .JPG. It’s helps if your design is sized to print. A raster image will not print well or look good at all. If your image is rasterized we recommend converting it to a vector image.

What Size Can I Make My Logo?

Our standard sizing is 16 inches wide and 18 inches long, any size bigger than this would result in jumbo printing size and is subject to more cost. Typically most designs are between 10" to 11" wide. This allows for designs to be printed on almost ever size with our requiring different size are for different size shirts. If your image is a raster image when scaled to size it will look pixelated and not print well. 

Picking Your Pantone Colors

The Pantone Color Matching System is largely a standardized color reproduction system, by standardizing the colors. Not all screens look the same, so your design may look one color and our may look another. So we use pantone colors to match it to the color in your design. Photoshop has a color picking tool that gives us the pantone number we will use on your design. 

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