T-shirt printing is fun and functional depending on the purpose of the designs. They can be used by different groups to pass a message such as campaigns, sports groups and rallies. There are several methods of printing t shirts and each option has its pros and maybe cons.
This is by far the most common method of t shirt printing in Charlotte. In this case, screens with wire mesh are used to create the designs. The design is drawn on a paper and cut out to form a stencil; different colors require different papers. Alternatively the screen is treated with a chemical that burns an image on to it. The stencil is placed over the t shirt and the screen over the stencil. Ink is poured on the screen using a squeegee in order to imprint the design on the t shirt. This method is simple and cost effective since the screen can be used for a long time.
This method of t shirt printing in Charlotte uses technology to fasten the printing process. It is also known as direct to garment since the image is printed directly to the t shirt. A modified inkjet printer with textile ink is used. Designs are graphically created on a computer then printed on the fabric with the inkjet printer. This method tends to favor brightly colored fabrics that allow designs to be imprinted with the initial design; darker garments require a couple of adjustments and mastery of techniques to bring perfection.
This category has two options, the traditional method and the modern one, but the end result is more or less the same. In the traditional method an iron box is used to transfer heat. A design is created on a computer. Photos are a favorite of many in this group. The design is then printed on an iron-on-transfer paper. This is a special kind of craft paper that allows the creation of designs with iron boxes. The paper is then placed on the t shirt and a cloth is draped over it. An iron box is then placed over the working area for a recommended period of time to allow heat to reach the paper and t shirt. The paper backing is the removed in order to leave the design behind.
Alternatively, t shirt printing in Charlotte with heat can be done using a specific heat press machine. The design is created on special transfer papers and placed on the t shirt. The heat press machine is then put over the t shirt and held in place for a certain period of time. With the large amount of heat and pressure exerted by the machine, the design is imprinted on the t shirt. This method is fast, easy and allows the use of several colors, shapes and designs.
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UMBC’s Art Week 2012 Screen Printing Demo. Shirts provided by Suitcha
UMBC, The Commons. Baltimore, MD. April 04, 2012.
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