If you have a great idea for a t-shirt or a sweatshirt design, but don’t have the time or money to print it yourself, clothes printing is an excellent option. There are a number of different printing techniques that can be used to create the perfect shirt or sweatshirt design. Heat transfer, direct to garment printing, and digital printing are just a few of the options available. Heat transfer printing is more affordable for low-volume orders and works with full-color and few-colour designs. However, heat transfer is not ideal for high-volume orders, and the printing process is time-consuming and expensive. Direct to garment printing, or DTG, uses modern inkjet technology to create high-quality prints.
Choosing a printer can be a challenge. First, you should consider how soon you need the clothes to be delivered. If you are ordering in bulk, you will need to account for the printing process and shipping time. You can avoid this step if you pick up the order locally. Second, you must decide on what type of fabric to use for your clothes. The best fabrics to use are either cotton or a 50/50 polyester blend. Cotton is the most popular fabric, but a 50/50 cotton blend is more durable and softer. Neither cotton nor polyester will make you look unprofessional, and neither are polo shirts.
If you want to have your shirt or sweatshirt printed in the brightest colors, you can opt for screen printing. Plastisol inks are generally the brightest, but they tend to lay heavy on the shirt. The DTG process is much more flexible, but the finished print tends to be duller than screen printing. Nevertheless, screen printing will always be the most noticeable option when the design really pops off the shirt. Traditional screen printing, on the other hand, uses Plastisol ink, which is a combination of PVC particles suspended in a plasticizing emulsion. Unlike water-based ink, Plastisol ink is very opaque and can create a bright white underbase on dark-colored garments.