What is a one color front?

One phrase you may hear often when getting price quotes or having your art evaluated by a t-shirt printing company is the phrase "one color front." This phrase may sound confusing to people at first because they aren't used to thinking about their artwork in these terms. However, it is actually very straight forward. The "one color " in the phrase simply relates to the number of ink colors in the design, in this case just one ink color. The "front" of course just refers to the location where the ink will be printed, in this case the front of course.

This system of nomenclature of course works for any configuration of print colors and locations. For example a different design might use a "one color front and a 2 color back" or a "3 color front." This information is also what is necessary to determine the price, because it is the number of ink colors per location that we use to calculate the price. The size the print, what the print is (words, graphics, or a combination, etc.), as well as the color of the shirt DO NOT impact the price. It is just the number of ink colors and locations that is used to calculate the price, as well as of course the quantity being ordered and the type of shirt being selected.

The most economically priced set up of course will be to just use a single ink color on one side of the shirt only. Thus, a "one color front" or a "one color back" only will be most economical than doing a "one color front and back," etc. The basic way that the design is priced is based on the total number of ink colors being printed in all the locations combined. That means that a "2 color front and 2 color back" is priced the same way as a "4 color front" or a "4 color back" or a "1 color front and 3 color back" or a "3 color front and 1 color back." It doesn't matter what the ink color is, or which locations are being used, what matters is that in all those configurations there are a total of 4 ink colors when both locations are combined.

Occasionally people will also get a sleeve print done and as you may have guessed each sleeve also introduces a new location. For example 1 color front, and 1 color left sleeve" would be priced like a total of 2 ink colors and a "1 color back, 1 color right sleeve, 1 color left sleeve" would be priced like a total of 3 ink colors.

A "one color front" is probably the single most common design configuration that we do though since all designs use at least one color in at least one location and since the front is typically the most popular location for printing. Along with the other single color prints in a single location a one color front will also be the most economically priced.

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