Do you want to start your own t-shirt clothing brand or do you just want to print up some shirts with your company's logo slapped on the front? No matter what category you fall under, you have many different options to choose from when creating a custom t-shirt design for your business or organization.
You have several different application processes to choose from which each has it own special unique qualities. The best printing type for you depends on what type of item you are customizing, the quantity and st and how many you would like in total.
Silk Screen Printing-
When a design is produced using the screen printing method, actual screens are used in the process. Basically, the screen is cut to make a silhouette of the artwork. Next, Ink is spread over the screen, passing through to the object underneath only in the areas you want it to be seen. Only one color per screen can be used - so depending on the number of colors in the artwork/design, you’ll need multiple screens to produce the final product.
Unique screens need to be cut for each color of a screen printed design, it is more cost effective to produce a larger number of items with this method, versus just a few at a time. For example, we prefer screen print orders of at least 200 units.
2 Heat Transfer Processes-
The heat transfer printing method applies custom designs to items like t-shirts through a process that uses a combination of heat and pressure. Common kinds of heat transfer printing include vinyl heat transfer and digital print heat transfer.
With the vinyl heat transfer process, a machine is used to cut out designs and letters in pieces of colored vinyl. A heat press is then used to transfer each vinyl color of the design onto the object being printed.
Digital Print Heat Transfer Process
With digital print heat transfer, the desired graphic is first digitally printed on special heat transfer paper using a solvent ink. This type of ink allows the design to be transferred from the paper to the item being printed when pressed with heat. With both these types of heat transfer, a heat press machine will be needed to transfer the graphic, either vinyl or digitally printed, from one surface to another. It’s the combination of heat and pressure that transfers the design. Conversely, the heat transfer process is the same with every print made, so you can order just a couple items at a time with it not being too expensive
The embroidery process begins with an idea or a piece of artwork. That artwork then has to be "digitized" which is the specialized process of converting two dimensional artwork into stitches or thread. The digitizing computer software will allow numerous machines to embroider (stitch) the logo/design repetitively onto the various garments.
The digitizing of an image can be simple to very complicated (more expensive) depending on the size and the detail of the image. When an image is digitized, our technicians/craftsmen use a digitizing computer program that assists in accurately converting your logo or electronic artwork into a system of stitches that the embroidery machine can read.
BENEFITS OF EMBROIDERY-
Durability. Well-done embroidery lasts quite a long time, without the eventual peeling often association with other methods of customization. In many cases, the piece of clothing will wear out before the embroidery does!
Professional look. Good embroidery can’t just be churned out on any corner, and it’s hard to reproduce at home. A well-embroidered shirt carries with it an air of professionalism. And if we’re talking work uniforms, know that they can enhance customers’ impressions of the business..
Direct to Garment
Direct-to-garment, or DTG, is a printing method that sprays the ink onto the garment using inject technology. The inks then soak into the fibers of the garment. It's sort of like printing on paper, except on clothing.
Also, Compared to traditional printing methods DTG printers can create lively, photo-realistic images by firing smaller droplets of ink. These printers also use the full spectrum of colors, with the ability to print them simultaneously, making them perfect for colorful designs or artwork with shading and gradients.
The best printing type for you depends on what type of item you are customizing and how many you would like in total. Also the style and feel you want to give also will play a factor in deciding which t-shirt printing process to use.