With the improvements in technology that we have, there are diverse forms of t shirt printing available today. Listed below are the 3 most common types and how they differ from each other.
T Shirt Printing Via Screen Printing
With the use of a screen, ink is filtered into the parts that are intended to be printed on. In this procedure, a stencil made of non-absorbent or non-permeable materials is created which is the negative of the intended design. This allows for a sleek result on the design since ink does not ooze onto the areas where it should not appear.
Screen printing is the most popular form of T shirt printing because the stencil can still be used repetitively, with printed shirts to be mass produced. Not only does this technique can be applied on shirts, but also on jackets, sweaters, caps or canvass bags.
T Shirt Printing Applying Direct To Garment Printing
With this form of technique, multi-coloured patterns can be made on the shirt with the use of a unique printer. The same approach is done when paper is printed on using an inkjet printer. Unlike when using screen printing, more colorings and shades can be utilized here. Furthermore, the method creates outcomes more rapidly, making it the ideal for mass printing.
T Shirt Printing Via Heat Transfer
The process of heat transfer requires utilizing heat in applying the design on the material to be printed on. The design is printed on a carrier paper which is a special kind of paper and then placed on the predetermined spot on the shirt. After which, application of heat pressure is done on the paper that lets the ink to be transposed to the surface of the cloth. This process is at present widely available even in shopping malls, making it the easiest option for on-the-spot, rush projects.
The methods discussed above are generally accepted and the most popular. Whatever kind of T shirt printing technique to avail of depends on the required quantity and your preferable design quality.
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A few little promo shots I took for a local screen printing company that a couple of my friends work at… Nothing too special here, I just hadn’t posted in a while so I thought I would!! Tried to give it a little vintage / earthy feel since they only print on organic shirts
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An in-depth explanation of how to screen print your own t-shirts talking through how to expose your screens, and how to use them. Get the PDF guide when you submit your email on this page: http://www.charlimarie.com/screen-printing
This is a long video for a reason! There is a lot involved with the DIY screen printing process and I’ve tried to explain it step by step as well as possible. Hopefully this video will be a great resource for anyone wanting to start their own t-shirt company, print t-shirts for fun, or even just learn more about how the screen printing process works.
I’ve created a screen-printing guide to go along with this video that gives you clearly written, step-by-step instructions for how to go about making your own frames, exposing your screen, and printing your t-shirt. Submit your email address in the form on the page linked at the top of the description box!
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// OTHER USEFUL VIDEOS
T-shirt printing methods explained: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jBM4f4BY4VI
DIY custom clothing labels: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q6K9pEEDlmo
Screen printing essentials: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HXruYt84OXM
How to make your own screen printing frames: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UcuTX770Z0g
T-shirt business playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLrJQSKQvgHS5I1V7SEtAPdcyW5Zj4b8kR
// EQUIPMENT LINKS
Pre-made frame http://amzn.to/1MQvZhb
Diazo emulsion http://bit.ly/1ldAmXs
Diazo sensitizer http://bit.ly/1GQYtoJ
Water based screen printing ink http://amzn.to/1kiH3r7
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