Wearing custom printed t shirts is a trend that has been on the rise for many years now. With the advancements of technology, tshirt printing methods are easy to understand and can be extremely economical to carry out. Putting a design or a logo on your custom printed shirts is a great way of getting noticed and bringing attention to your individualistic mode of expression. Custom t-shirt screen printing machines and equipment are fairly simple to acquire now, and as a result there are a variety of printing methods that are commonly in use today. The style of the design, the composition of the ink, and the quality and material of the tshirt all play a major role in determining which methods are best suited. Getting the best possible design on a t-shirt is the key. The positioning of the design, its size, and the colors that constitute it also play a fundamental part in the aesthetic value of the t-shirt. The various methods that you can use will produce different kinds of effects, and each of these techniques has their own advantages and disadvantages. Direct screen printing is the best and most popular methods. This is a method that involves the use of a stencil frame made of aluminum, which is placed on top of the t shirt that is going to hold the design. Each screen can print 1 ink color, so your design may require more than 1 if its multi colored. The t-shirt is then put through a dryer where it is heated for a short length of time to cure the ink.
Digital printing is another way of printing custom t-shirts. Since the production of inkjet printers, direct to garment printing, or digital printing, is one of the most common methods used by people who either print their own shirts or wish to sell small quantities of printed t shirts. Since the designs are created digitally, there is tremendous scope to create intricate and detailed designs. This method turns out to be kind of expensive though, and as a result should be used by people who already have an established business set up.
Embroidery, out of all the different types of shirt printing techniques, is perhaps the oldest of them all. This method involves actually stitching, or embroidering, the design onto the shirt, and as a result requires hours of manual labor and a great artistic inclination. Since it is difficult to manually custom embroider large designs on a shirt, this method is usually used for small designs, or logos or some kind of text. The effect this produces is completely different from that produced by all the other methods.
Heat Transfers, also known as plastisol transfers, are also a popular method for custom printing t-shirts. The design that is desired on the shirt is printed to a carrier paper. From this carrier paper, the design is transmitted onto the shirt by applying heat and pressure on the paper. The heat enables the ink to get permanently embellished on the fabric.
Old tshirts don’t die, they just get reprinted! Part 2
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I’ve got this dead old tshirt that a friend of mine printed about 10 years ago. I really like it, so I’m bringing it back from the dead.
Turned out pretty good. The "R" in power was putzed on all of the shirts. I’ll have to peek at the screen post-cleaning and see if I can figure out why.