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:
- The 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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.