Product Spotlight: Gildan 2000

Product Spotlight:  Gildan 2000 Ultra Cotton

In our first of the Product Spotlight series, we’ll be taking a closer look at the Gildan 2000 Ultra Cotton Short Sleeve T-Shirt.

The Gildan 2000 is one of the most popular t-shirts in the custom screen printing industry.  There are many reasons why customers have chosen this particular garment over and over again.  Let’s look at a few of the reasons why the Gildan 2000 might be the right t-shirt for you.


The Gildan 2000 is a great value.  At 6.1oz the t-shirt has a nice heavy feel to it and pricing is comparable or cheaper than other t-shirts at the same weight.  As an example, on our site, a White t-shirt with a 1-color print on one side is only $4.45ea for sizes S-XL on a quantity of 100 pieces.


This brand has been very consistent for us in the 15 years we’ve been using them.  The quality of the stitching, the collar shape, and color consistency between lots and between the styles and really good.

Corporate Responsibility

Gildan is very vocal about what they describe as a “commitment to maintaining a leadership position in its corporate citizenship practices”.  When you need value in addition to those types of attributes, Gildan could be a great choice.  If you’d like to read more about this, here is a link to their page on Genuine Stewardship

Colors and Sizes

In addition to the value and quality of the company and its products, they have a lot of depth and breadth to choose from.  In the Gildan 2000, there are 60 colors in sizes ranging from Youth XS to Adult 5XL.  

A T-shirt for Everyone

In addition to the Unisex style, we carry the Gildan 2000 in a full array of styles including Ladies’, Youth, and Tall sizes.  Because of the wide range of colors and sizes, this t-shirt has been popular with schools, family reunions, run/walk events, and company t-shirts along with various other groups.
Check out the Gildan 2000 on our website!  Give us a call today and we’d be happy to discuss the various options today!

Tips for ordering Family Reunion T-Shirts

Having custom t-shirts made is a great way to commemorate a family reunion.  The shirts make a great take-home gift for each family member, and it also looks great when you’re all together at a location all wearing the same shirt.  (One of my favorite emails is when I get a photo of a family all wearing their t-shirts!)  Of course, the difficult part about ordering t-shirts for your family reunion is putting the order together.  Deciding on a theme, a color, and what sizes to order can be a truly daunting task.  Before we get into some helpful tips, always remember that we are here to help.  We have done tons of t-shirts for family reunions, and we can give you feedback on any ideas you have, or possibly give you some ideas to jump-start your decisions.


Where to Start

One of the best pieces of advice we can give is to limit the number of people in the decision-making position.  By limiting the number of people making the decision, it’s much easier to finalize important details without getting feedback from 10, 20, or more people.  You can also make decisions much faster, which can be an important factor when ordering items that are for an event on a specific date.  Most of our customers have one or two people who are working together to work with the artist and customer service person and that seems to work best.  Of course, some customers with larger families will have a small committee of people to make initial decisions like budget and theme, etc, but then have one person assigned to work with us to put the order together.  The idea here is to have a fun item to remind folks of the event.  Most people will be pretty excited no matter what the actual t-shirt is.

Organization is key!  Consider setting up a new email address that is strictly for family reunion business and that way individual emails don’t get lost in pages of other personal emails.  Have one contact person for each immediate family, and make sure you have both their email address, and a contact phone number so you can reach them for questions or last minute changes.

One of the first decisions to make, once you’ve decided to do t-shirts, is the budget.  Depending on how the shirts are being purchased, that might vary.  Is one, or a few people covering the cost?  What would they like to spend overall?  Is each person paying for their own shirt?  That’s a little more typical and you can send out an email asking for people to suggest a range they’d be willing to pay for t-shirts.  Keep in mind, the cost of t-shirts is affected by the quantity ordered, the number of print colors, and print locations, so we can hit many different price points.  Let us know if you are trying to hit a certain price, and we’ll be sure to guide you through the decisions to get you as close as possible.  We love working on family reunions, so whatever you decide is best for you, we’ll work with you to make your ordering process as easy as possible.


Picking the T-Shirt

One of the more popular t-shirt styles for family reunions is the Gildan 2000 Ultra Cotton Short Sleeve T-Shirt  This shirt is perfect for most families because it comes in such a wide array of colors and sizes.  The main adult size group, sizes S-5XL is available in over 60 colors.  Almost 40 of those colors are also available in youth sizes which are typically an important part of family reunion t-shirt orders.  Gildan t-shirts are also a great value, so we’re sure to find a way to meet your budget.

If you’re looking for something more modern, or trendy, or something a little different, we carry many other great styles, just check out our site or give us a call and tell us what you’re looking for and we’re happy to help.


Theme and Design

The next thing to consider is the theme.  Many family reunion t-shirt designs start around a central theme.  Maybe it’s based on an inspirational quote, or the location of the reunion itself.  What design elements would best suit the theme.  Some of the more popular design elements would be a tree, or the image of the state where the reunion is being held.  Other popular design elements include other environmental elements such as lakes, water, flowers etc., hearts or stars and other decorative images.  Whatever it is, you’ll find lots of clipart and text options in our online design studio.   You can choose over 100,000 pieces of clipart and lots of great fonts, add color or design elements all at the click of a button.  You can also upload your own artwork.  Of course, we’re here to help too.  Give us a call and we can assist with your design.

What color t-shirt would you like to do?  People tend to do brighter colors for family reunions.  It can make a group really stand out, and is a typical choice for summertime when most family reunions are held.  Check to make sure the color that you want is available in the sizes you’ll need and when in doubt, give us a call!  In the online design studio, you can create a design on one t-shirt color and easily click through to see that same design on other t-shirt colors.  It’s a great feature.


Putting the order together

Once you have the t-shirt color and design completed, it’s time to confirm all your sizes with your family members.  Earlier, I mentioned designating one person from each immediate family as a contact.  Have each of those people put together a size list for their family group and once you have everyone’s individual sizes, you can then add all of them up to make a master size list.  It’s a good idea to make sure that each contact person has the sizing information for the particular t-shirt you are ordering.  A good rule of thumb is to always size up if there’s any question about sizing.  A person can easily wear a t-shirt that is a little bit big, but it can be quite uncomfortable if it’s a little bit small.

Set clear deadlines for people to get their sizes to you.  Our standard turn around time would be delivery 10 days from the date you order.  For orders that have a very specific delivery date like a family reunion, we recommend getting that order in at least a few days to a week earlier.  That means you should set your internal deadline for t-shirt sizes for about 3 weeks before your event.  Make sure you send a reminder before the deadline hits.  Once you have all the sizes, you can start compiling your final numbers.

If you saved a design from the online design studio, you can open the design from your account and proceed to place the order online.  Of course, if you prefer to place your order over the phone, we’re always happy to help that way, too!  Keep an eye on the pricing, and make sure you take advantage of our various price breaks.  Ordering a few extra t-shirts, if they fit into the budget can be great for last minute guests or family members who may have missed out on the deadline, and also can be beneficial for anyone that wants a last minute size change.

Consider where you’d like your order delivered.  We offer free UPS ground shipping anywhere in the Contiguous U.S.  If you are placing the order, but the reunion is in another city, we can ship them directly to the closest family member for you.  That way you don’t have to ship them yourself, or travel with them.


We hope this writeup will help you through your ordering process.  We are always a phone call or an email away if you need further assistance!  Placing a family reunion order can be a daunting task, but if you stay organized and ahead of schedule, it can be really rewarding in the end when you see all of your family wearing your creation.  Good luck, and happy designing!




Tips for Creating an Affordable and Effective T-Shirt Design

Not everyone is a professional graphic designer.  That’s ok!  You can still create great designs that are interesting, and most importantly relevant to your purpose.  From plain text, to clipart and fun features, anything goes in the world of t-shirts.  Here are some tips and tricks for creating designs that work for your event, and your budget.  All the designs shown are meant to be easy to achieve using our online design studio.


T-Shirt Color and Print Color

Your t-shirt color and print color are possibly the most important aspects of the t-shirt design.  The colors you choose will be the first impression before your design is even noticed by the person seeing it.  Think about your audience, are they mostly female? Mostly male? Younger? General population?  What mood are you trying to convey?  These are all things to consider when choosing your t-shirt color and print color.  Our online t-shirt designer allows you to seamlessly change shirt colors, and print colors on text and clipart so you can see your design in many different color combinations.

We are here to help you through the process.  We’ve processed thousands or orders of every subject matter imaginable, and we can tell you what other people have done, and what colors are popular for certain groups or subjects.  For instance, if you needed a shirt for an Elementary School outing to the Zoo, A good suggestion might be a bright shirt color and bright print color that will make the kids happy, and keep them highly visible to their chaperones!  These two shirts pictured have the exact same design, and are the exact same price.  Both are completely fine, but for this particular job, I like the brighter colors




The style of the font will definitely set the tone for the design.  In our online design studio, you can choose from several fonts that all have unique characteristics that will give your design just the right feel.  Feel free to mix and match the fonts for added layers of interest.

If you’re doing the design on your own, offline, there are nearly unlimited options for fonts.  There are websites online that offer open source and freeware fonts that can be used free for any purpose, and come in every shape and style you could imagine.   and are two places where you can browse for fonts.

What do you want the overall feel of the design to be?  Fun?  Corporate?  Retro?  The fonts themselves can become the design if you use something with enough character.   Here’s an example of two designs including the same color scheme, and design elements.  The only difference is the use of more decorative fonts.  It makes a big difference!




Both of the above samples use clipart as a feature in the design.  While you can definitely do font-only based designs, adding clipart can give the design more depth, and add to the relevancy of your topic.  T-Shirt Cloud’s online design studio features over 100,000 pieces of unique clipart that cover a wide ranging variety of categories.  Clipart can really bring a design to life.  Let’s take a look at a design that uses only text, and then compare that to a similar design, but using clipart to amp it up!





This image for Ryan’s Landscaping shows a little bit of what you can do with layout.  It’s very common to stack everything along the centerline, and that is completely fine!  It’s how many t-shirt designs are done.  However, if you are looking for added visual interest, or if you just want something different, definitely play around with the layout.  In the image above, you can see I’ve put “Ryan’s” off to the left, and the clipart of the tree off to the right.   You can do this with text-only designs too.  Try rotating some of the text vertical, or moving something off center.





Add Distress

There is a feature in the design studio called Add Distress.  This feature applies a distress filter automatically on top of any element in your design and it is a really cool feature that can instantly give any design a retro edge.  Distress can be especially useful to break up a really heavy design.  This is perfect when printing on Triblends, or Poly-Cotton styles that are really lightweight.  Breaking up the print area creates a lighter laydown of ink and that’s a good thing.  Check out these two designs.  They are identical with the exception of the distress filter being applied.




Using the Shirt Color in the Design

Using the shirt color in the design has two benefits.  Similarly to the distress feature, using the t-shirt in the design, often referred to as “knock-out”, can create a lighter print which is great for lightweight garments, or 100% Polyester shirts.  Another great benefit to using the shirt color in the design is that it can create a similar effect as using a 2nd print color without the cost!  Here is an example that illustrate these two benefits.

On a 100% Polyester shirt such as the Hanes 4820  It’s important to keep a light print.  In the first option, you have the red and white stop sign printed in solid ink on the front of the shirt.  On this fabric that is meant to be light and comfortable, in some ways, it defeats the purpose if you print a thick heavy deposit of ink right on the chest.  The second option uses a red shirt so that can act as the red in the stop sign.  This way, the shirt remains light and flexible in that are and will be much more comfortable.  It also reduces a 2-color print to a 1-color print which is beneficial if you are looking to reduce costs.





Text Features (Outline, shape)

Sometimes text is all you need to get your point across.  With our online t-shirt designer, you can use the Text Shape and Outline features to add depth and interest to your text-only design.  Check it out!



Have Fun, and try new things!!

Most importantly, in design, it’s best to just try new things and to have fun.  This is your design, and you should feel free to make it your own.  Anything goes, and if you like it, go for it!  As always, if you run into trouble or you need personal assistance, give us a call.  We love to talk about designs and we’re always happy to help!


Thanks for reading, now get designing!