With the improvements in technology that we have, there are diverse forms of t-shirt printing available today. Each method can be used to make printed tops, printed shirts, printed hoodies or printed sweatshirts.
Each method can be used for big, bulk orders such as orders for promotional clothing or company work wear. But make no mistake. Although each method can be used for any of these choices, these methods are not the same.
Each method has its own pros and cons. Each can give you more of something and give you less of something. Listed below are the 3 most common types and how they differ from each other:
T-Shirt Printing via Screen printing
With the use of a screen, ink is filtered into the parts that are intended to be printed on. In this procedure, a stencil made of non-absorbent or non-permeable materials is created which is the negative of the intended design. This allows for a sleek result on the design since the ink does not ooze onto the areas where it should not appear.
Screen printing is the most popular form of T-shirt printing because the stencil can still be used repetitively, with printed shirts to be mass produced. Not only does this technique can be applied on shirts, but also on jackets, sweaters, caps or canvass bags.
T-Shirt Printing Applying Direct to Garment printing
This form of technique, multi-colored patterns can be made on the shirt with the use of a unique printer. The same approach is done when the paper is printed on using an inkjet printer. Unlike when using screen printing, more colourings and shades can be utilised here. Furthermore, the method creates outcomes more rapidly, making it the ideal for mass printing.
T-Shirt Printing via Heat Transfer
The process of heat transfer requires utilising heat in applying the design to the material to be printed on. The design is printed on a carrier paper which is a special kind of paper and then placed on the predetermined spot on the shirt. After which, application of heat pressure is done on the paper that lets the ink to be transposed to the surface of the cloth. This process is at present widely available even in shopping malls, making it the easiest option for on-the-spot, rush projects.
The methods discussed above are generally accepted and the most popular. Whatever kind of T-shirt printing technique to avail of depends on the required quantity and your preferable design quality.