Tips on Creating Custom Printed Tags

Adding custom labels on your t-shirt will put your screen printing business one step ahead of the others. They are stylish and give your brand more authority. Many people ordering t-shirts online may not know that labels are available, but it most certainly is! Below I will explain why custom printed labels are a must and why they are worth investing in.

When creating a custom labeled tag on your t-shirts, you must find out everything you need to start.

Make sure you have the following:

  • RN number
  • Company or brand name
  • Wash or care instructions
  • T-shirt size
  • Fabric composition
  • Country of manufacturing origin

Use an Ink That Does Not Leak Through The Back

When creating custom tags, you must choose an ink that will not bleed through the back of the t-shirt, especially if you are using light-colored t-shirts. You can use three methods to add custom-made tags to your t-shirt, tank, or hoodie.

These three methods are:

  1. Pad printing
  2. Screen printing
  3. Heat transfer

Each of these has its pros and cons, and below I will cover all three and explain.

When to Use Each Method

The pad printing method is the most economical choice and has excellent image clarity even when using small point sizes. It is also resistant to not show on the backside of your t-shirt. However, the ink choices are limited when you go with this method. The ink choices you have are tonal white, medium grey, and black. Moreover, the image size is also limited to 2.5″x 2.5 ” and may not be an excellent choice for fleece or other items that don’t have a smooth inside fabric.

Screen-printed tags are also an option to choose from. A good thing about screen printing tags is that you have a more extensive range of color choices and a larger image area. However, screen-printed tags are also more expensive than pad-printed tags.

And last but not least is heat transfer. Heat transferring tags are an excellent option for fleece or items that do not have a smooth printing surface.

You Are Working With Limited Space

Always keep in mind the size when creating custom labeled tags. The max size will vary based on the option you choose. The smallest size you can use for pad printing is 3 points, while heat transfer and screen printing are 6 points. Custom labeled tags that are smaller than the recommended sizes will be hard to read and lose image clarity.

Don’t Forget The RN Number

If you remove the manufacturer’s label, ensure that you follow the legal guidelines for relabeling your custom tags. You must understand the Federal Trade Commission’s regulations on labeling and include a registered identification number before designing your custom-made printed labels.

Find Out Which T-Shirt Blanks Have Tearaway Tags

All t-shirts come with the manufacturer labels, and some are tearaway tags that you can easily tear away. However, some are not tearaway and may require a sewist to remove the tags. If you would rather buy tearaway tags, ask the manufacturer which shirt blanks have tearaway tags because these tags can save you money.

Custom Printed Tag Examples

Below are pointers about each custom printed tag to help you create your best custom printed labels.

  1. Use a light ink color on a dark t-shirt so that the tag is easily readable.
  2. Always include the RN number inside your tags.
  3. Don’t forget to include care instructions inside the tags.
  4. Always include the fabric composition so that buyers know they are wearing a nice quality t-shirt.
  5. Make sure that the size of the t-shirt is illegible so that buyers can know what size the t-shirt is.
  6. Add an icon to the printed tag that represents your brand.
  7. Make a statement inside the tags by using your logo.
  8. Include where and how the t-shirt was made inside the tag.
  9. Remind your audience of the impact they have made by purchasing your t-shirt inside the tag.
  10. Include a partnership or collaboration with another company inside your tags.

Excited and ready to start making the best custom-made tags ever?