Types of T-shirt Printing Methods

  • Saturday 18 July 2020

We are all familiar with the quirky designs that different brands come up with while selling graphic tees online. But, little do we know the process behind it. How do they customize the t-shirt? What methods do they use? How do they print the designs on the t-shirts? 

Here, we take a look at some of the best ways you can print your t-shirts so that they are cost-effective, eye-catching as well as fit the bill in every way. 
Types of T-shirt Printing Methods:

1. Screen Printing

Screen Printing, also known as silkscreen printing is one of the top ways to sell printed designer t-shirt online, due to their high-quality standards. 

In order to screen print, a nylon mesh and a stencil/template is to be taken. The nylon mesh fixes the stencil in a suitable place, and a water-proof material blocks the negative space where the design is to be printed. The ink is spread all over the screen and the ink permeable negative space is where the design is to be printed. The last step requires you to take off the screen and carefully allow the design to dry out.

2. Direct to Garments (DTG)

This is one of the methods which is identical to paper printing in the office. In order to carry this out, textile printer along with inks are required. 

At first, a design/designs is/are created and loaded to the computer, which feeds them o the printer. The distinct dissimilarity with paper printing is you are using fabrics instead of paper. 

In order for effective use of DTG, make sure to use a high-quality printer, and computer programs like Adobe Photoshop, which can analyse minute details and transfer them with a cutting edge accuracy.
With computer programs like Adobe Photoshop, you will be able to define the tiniest details and transfer them to the t-shirt with a high degree of accuracy using the printer. The only con of this method is the high cost which it incurs, but the high-quality design is also ensured. 

3. Heat Press Printing

This is a very basic method of printing t-shirts when there is no bulk orders. The pros of this method is that it is budget-friendly and cost-effective. 

In this method, a special kind of paper, i.e transfer paper is used to make the designs. They are then passed on to the t-shirt using significant heat and pressure. Vinyl is the most frequently used transfer paper, as it contains and adhesive material and a strippable tape on either sides. As soon as the design is printed and pressed on to the t-shirt, you hold the tape and divest it, thus unveiling the design. 

4. Plastisol Transfer 

Plastisol the transfer is almost identical to screen printing, with the only exception being the dye which is generated is transferred to the plastisol, thereby the t-shirt, rather than to the screens. This method is highly popular among t-shirt printing entrepreneurs who outsource this method in order to gain efficiency.

Once the plastisol is received, it is carefully stuck on to the t-shirts using a heat press. The advantages of this method is the great quality that it produces, and also the economical method it devises and several designs can be printed on a single plastisol paper. It also avoids clutter, unlike the screen printing method.

5. Computer-aided Design (CAD) Cut Printing 

This method, which also includes transferring designs on the fabric using heat, is used where numbers, logos, and names are being printed. Designs are usually created on coloured vinyl, using the CAD-Cut system.
To conclude, The best method for printing t-shirts depends on your specific needs and those of your clients. In India, WeirdEver is one of the leading brands who sell graphic tees online. We use most of these methods to remain at the top of the printed t-shirt online business.

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