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How to Print Customized Shirts

Author: Willie Baldwin
by Willie Baldwin
Posted: Jun 13, 2019

Well, when your search online, you will find the word ‘screen printing’ almost everywhere. Screen printing is the most commonly used method for printing t-shirts. But apart from it, there are many other methods that can be used for printing shirts. So let’s have a look at some common methods of printing customized shirts.

Screen printing

It is one of the best methods used for professional printing. It produces a vibrant print of supreme quality at an affordable price. In this method, a stencil and screen made from nylon mesh are used for screen printing. Nylon mesh holds the stencil in place, and a waterproof material blocks the negative space you are looking to design.

Now, you have to spread some ink onto the screen, and then use a squeegee to press down. Ensure that the ink spreads all over your screen. Excess ink will be wiped away. The screen is finally taken off and design is allowed to dry and cure.

This method produces awesome results in terms of quality. If you see a t-shirt that features a printed design of supreme quality, there are high chances that it was screen printed. Screen print designs remain vibrant, soft, and smooth for long, and last longer than other types of printing methods.

Dye sublimation

It is another great method used for printing customized shirts made of polyester. Right, this method works well only for polyester t-shirts. In this technique, a special liquid dye is used for printing design which solidifies when comes in contact with material like polyester. Heat and pressure are applied for the sublimation dry process to take place properly. If you have a t-shirt made of polyester with print all over the shirt, most probably it is printed using dye sublimation. This method gives awesome results and produces a smooth, durable, and high-resolution print that doesn’t fade away or deteriorate easily.

DTG

Direct to garment (DTG) printing method is one of the most popular professional printing methods. In this method, the design is directly printed onto the shirt using a printing machine. It is similar to paper printing in the office. You have to upload a design on the computer, and a large printing machine will print a design on a shirt. Your t-shirt is fed on the conveyor belt of the printing machine and gets printed. This method is preferably used for multi-color designs. You can print any design using this method, but for simple designs, screen printing is a better option than DTG printing. DTG printing method gives soft and smooth designs in high resolution.

Apart from these commonly used three methods, vinyl printing and heat transfer method are also used, but they do not produce the prints of high quality and durability.

So these are the different methods you can use for printing your customized shirts.

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Author: Willie Baldwin

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