If I print the same design on front and back of some t-shirts, does that count as the same print?
Since screen printing is based on the the amount of print colors per location, then having the same design printed front and back would still be considered two separate prints. Thus, the actual total number of print colors would be the amount of print colors in the design times two as well.
The reason for this is that only one side of the t-shirt can be printed at a time. After one side has been printed, the t-shirts are then removed from the press and run through the dryer. After they are run through the dryer, they are ready to go back on the printing platen and receive the print that is on the other side of the t-shirts. Thus doing the double sided print, even if it is the same design, will add quite a bit of time and labor to the printing and is of course thus charged accordingly.
When it comes to pricing it is very important to remember that the front and back count as two separate locations and are added separately. For example if someone has a four color design that is being done on both sides of the shirt - whether the design is the same or not, or whether it just uses the same four colors on each side - then that is NOT priced like a four color design. That would be considered an eight color design and would be a good bit more expensive.
Another common pricing misconception is that there must be a set amount added whenever someone decides to do a front and back design versus a one side only design. This is not the case, it will still just come down to how many ink colors are printed on each side. For example if you have a one color front design and add a one color back design you will see a much smaller price increase than if you had a one color front design and added a three or four color back design.
Remember also that the total quantity of shirts ordered per design also plays an important role in the price. At lower quantities the additional print colors will impact the unit cost more than at higher quantities. That is because there are fewer total shirts for the price increase to be distributed over. Thus, each print color you add at a small quantity of, say the minimum six piece quantity will typically raise the unit price several dollars whereas if you are ordering hundreds of shirts then the additional print color probably won't raise your unit price even a whole dollar. This means that at smaller order quantities it is definitely to your advantage pricewise to limit the number of print colors.
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