T-Shirt Screen Printing

Posted by on May 30, 2015 in Custom T Shirts |


T-Shirt Printing – So You Thought This Was Easy


We would think that the question of “how does custom T-Shirt printing work” would be simple. Just pick your design and ask someone to print.


Not true. Just how does custom T-Shirt screen printing works is a little more complicated that just going down to your local printer. One has to decide what method of printing to use, the quality of the T-Shirt and if to use original art, or some art that is available.


Let’s go and sort this out and print some T-Shirts so you can sort out just how does custom T-Shirt screen printing work.


Methods of Printing


There are a number of methods that can be used to print T-Shirts, each with their advantages and disadvantages that need to be understood so you can understand just how does custom T-Shirt screen printing works. These are discussed below:


  1. screen_print_diagramThe traditional method for T-Sheet printing is the Screen method. The designs are cut into a number of screens, to allow printing of different colours and then pressed onto the T-Shirt. Due to the detail required in making the press with the design, this method is only feasible of printing large orders. On the positive side, it creates a long lasting, is cost effective, and provides a high-quality result. On the negative side, it is a messy process.


  1. Another method is the Heat Press method. Making the design print is much easier as this is done with a computer. The image is printed onto heat sensitive paper with special inks and then heat pressed onto a T-Shirt. This is a simple method allowing T-shirt printing of multiple colours, with complicated designs. This is a more expensive process than screen-printing but is effective with small orders or for printing that one special T-Shirt. On the negative side, the print sits on the T-Shirt like a plastic print, it can crack easily and does not work well on dark coloured T-Shirts


  1. A third method is using Vinyl-Cut Prints. Special machines cut the designs, and these are then pressed onto T-Shirts. This does not work well with complex designs and results in a plastic design glued to the T-Shirt.


  1. Another method is Printing Directly onto the T-Shirt. The method is complicated to complete correctly, but the designs do not stand out like the other methods.


  1. The last method is Dry-Sublimation. This is what one typically sees on mugs and is a method that can be used on non-cotton type T-Shirts. A benefit is; the design cannot be felt on the T-shirt, but is pricier than other methods


How Does This All Work


Now that you understand the different printing methods, you should have a better idea just how custom T-Shirts Screen screen printing works.


Pick the method that is best for you. The type to use will be dependent upon the look that you want, the type of T-shirt, the detail of the design, and ultimately, the cost.


The Finished T-Shirt


Now that you have discussed this with the printer, and you have the T-Shirts in your hand, enjoy.


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How we Design custom t shirts like a pro’s

Posted by on May 16, 2015 in 10 pro tips for better T-shirt designs, How we Design custom t shirts like a pro’s., Spreadshirt: Custom T-Shirts and T-Shirt Printing, T-Shirt Screen Printing |


Hello fellow designer. Do you want to better express your creative style with what you are wearing? I have designed custom t-shirts with my friends for over 6 months now. Today I feel too generous. Am going to give you 8 of my General Custom T-shirt Design Tips. You can use these to take your designs to the next level.1) take t-shirt design concept as deep as possible; Like all item designs, t-shirt design starts with a concept. When choosing the t-shirt design concept, the sky is the limit. I personally prefer inspiration from nature. All of our best designs always come from being true to the intended design theme concept. 2) visualize the design on the body; I usually close my eyes and imagine how I would look with that t-shirt custom design on me or my customer from a distance. It’s nice to close your eyes and visualize the design on the user’s body. 3) Keep the design simple. Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe (a great designer) once said “Less is more.” From experience, clutter can ruin a t-shirt design. The simpler the design, the more appealing. 4) Who are you designing for? As all design products go, the exact end user is king. It’s much easier when the t-shirt is yours. If you are designing for somebody else. Ask your self-questions like: How old is my t-shirt user? What? Where will he or she be putting on this t-shirt?


The specific answers to such user questions always lead to the best designs. 5) Factor in the t-shirt color choice. Since the t-shirt already has its own color. It’s wise to select colors that will be in harmony with the color scheme, worst case scenario is putting a blue design on a blue t-shirt. Nobody will be able to see it. 6) Format your artwork properly. The artwork created to be printed on a t-shirt is where the gist of the design is. We always make sure it’s well scaled, well outlined. We watch out for accidental spelling mistakes when you use words in the design too. 7) Insist on using a good printer. The quality of a printout can make or break a design. Select one from a reliable source. Digital printers are the most reliable these days. 8) Stay ahead of everybody else with t-shirt design techniques. . Just like any creative venture. It’s more fun and profitable when you are trying out new design approaches all the time. This will give you the necessary edge to sell more of your t-shirts and express your creativity better. We usually do so by finding more tutorials and videos about t-shirt design. New methods and design technology keep surfacing.

In conclusion t-shirt design is a really nice way to express your creativity. With the above general tips, am sure you will get much better at it, like we did. Together let’s take custom t-shirt fashion to the next level.

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