Different T-Shirt Printing Types

Screen Printing

Screen printing is perhaps the most popular as it is also the cheapest way to transfer an image to a shirt. One only needs a mesh screen, fabric ink, a squeegee and a basic cotton shirt. The screen is coated with a special material that hardens when exposed to the light. When the material is removed, the image is embedded in the screen. The screen is then placed on top of the t-shirt where fabric ink is added. The ink is then pressed out of the design with a squeegee. Once the ink hardens, the screen is removed and the outline of the image is clearly seen on the t-shirt. One benefit of using this method is that the mesh screen is re-usable and one can make use of the design repeatedly. That said, using this method is slow as one has to do the process of transferring individually.

Heat Transfer

Heat transfer is particularly popular for its ease of use and since heat is used, the design is transferred quickly. Heat transfer designs are available widely and one can even do it at the comforts of their own home. Simply place the design backwards onto the t-shirt and use any heat equipment such as a household iron. Run the iron on the design several times to ensure the design is transferred thoroughly. Although transferring the design is fast, easy and the price is relatively cheap, the designs do not last long and some may crack over a period of time, ending up with damage in the design.

Digital Printing

Digital printing is the newest form of printing as it directly prints on the garment. Digital printing is popular as it allows a clear image design output thanks to color separation features. As the designs are printed directly on the material, the fabric absorbs the color allowing for a longer and realistic appearance. Although digital printing is popular, only a few people utilize it as the machine is a bit expensive. This type though is ideal for those who are interested in opening up their own printing business.

Stylish Ways to Wear a T-Shirt

Wearing two solid colours makes a person look solid themselves, as if they were a two-dimensional picture. By breaking this solidity you can wear a sequenced T-shirt with the plain pants or patterned pants with the plain T-shirt.

Wear a T-shirt that you feel comfortable in. Feeling confident is an automatic tool that brings style in any look that you try. Feeling comfortable also means a well fitted T-shirt that you don’t have to constantly move or tug in order to be comfortable.

A T-shirt that was made to flow doesn’t fall in the ill-fitted category however the bottom part of your outfit should never be as loosely fitted as the top part. It may seem that you didn’t give your appearance much thought.

Certain colours tend to go better with the tone of your skin. You want the T-shirt to contrast with your skin so that you are more noticeable. The contrast also tends to bring out certain features in your face without adding a filter to a camera to make you look good.

If, for instance, you feel that what you are wearing is too bland, you can always accessorise with the jewellery. Alternatively you can add a belt that opposes the colour of the T-shirt because that’s how easy this century’s fashion trends are. An example of this would be a blue T-shirt with perhaps a dark purple belt with diamante on. It’s so simple but it makes you look good especially because the belt will be on your waistline making it appear that you have a smaller waist.

One very important thing about T-shirts is that you should never try to show too much skin. It’s flattering when you look smart and decent without having to hold your T-shirt down when you have to do something.

Vinyl T-Shirt Printing

Vinyl t-shirt printing differs from screen printing or embroidery options. With this particular choice the design is printed onto a vinyl sheet, which is then cut to size and stuck to the t-shirt. With screen printing the design is printed directly onto the garment, while with embroidery it is stitched into place.

Vinyl t-shirt printing is an affordable option for lower volume orders and offers a high quality finish that is durable and long lasting. It is the perfect choice if you’re looking to print that one off design to give to a friend or whether you’re looking to print multiple shirts for a sports team, group of friends or even a smaller team of employees.

This option enables you to print in full colour, really bringing your design to life. Unlike some of the other options, the colours with vinyl t-shirt printing is vibrant and ensures your design really stands out, no matter what colour t-shirt you have chosen.

With screen printing, for example, you need to choose a lighter colour garment to ensure your colours make an impact, with vinyl printing, you can choose a black t-shirt and still have your design seen by everyone around you.

The vibrant colours you will achieve with this printing method also doesn’t fade over time. You often find with other print methods the colour fades the more you wash the item, with this option you can wash the item time and time again and still enjoy vibrant colours that makes your design pop.

In addition to this, you can choose where to place your design with ease. You can cover the entire front or back of the t-shirt, you can choose only to place the design in the top corner or you can choose a smaller design for the front with a full back finish. The choice is up to you, enabling you to really enjoy your new design and ensure that it is noticeable and makes an impact.

The final benefit to choosing vinyl t-shirt printing is that once the design is printed and placed on the shirt, it is ready to wear. This makes this the perfect solution for those urgent jobs where you just found out you need the shirt within a short period of time.

Remember most print companies require at least seven to ten days to complete the print process. This means that you should place your order at least two weeks before you need it. Try and choose a t-shirt supplied by the printer, this can also help speed up the process and choose vinyl t-shirt printing for smaller jobs, ensuring the product arrives on time and within budget.

Set yourself a budget before you start shopping around for print shops that can provide you with this service. Don’t choose a company based on price alone, ensure they have a good reputation and provide high quality printed garments to help you have the best design at the lowest possible price.