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Different Creative Ideas of T-Shirt Printing

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.

Screen printing

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.

Digital printing

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.

Heat transfer

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.

Steven S Clark is one of the most professional Graphic Designer, worked at Two Minds Design and Sign. Here in this article, he describes various ideas of Custom T-Shirt Printing Services in Charlotte. For more you can visit the official Blog of Two Minds Design and Sign.

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The Different Types Of T Shirt Printing

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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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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The Six Different Printing Processes for Printing on T-shirts and other Garments

Revolutionary printing processes for garments have changed the face of the textile industry. From custom designed t shirts to exquisitely printed garments that seem less like a garment and more like a piece of art, the implications of these awesome printing processes are many. It is very interesting to take a deeper look into these t shirt printing processes so that we can better understand which process is best suited for which type of garment. This will ensure that we get the most out of this amazing technology.

The main printing processes for printing on t shirts and other garments can be classified as follows:

1. Screen Printing

2. Heat Press/INKJET/LASER Transfers

3. Heat Press/Plastisol Transfers

4. Vinyl Cutters

5. Direct to Garment

6. Dye Sublimation

Each method has its own pros and cons. This makes it necessary to understand the difference between each method. To emphasize on this point, let us compare the screen printing process with the technique using Vinyl Cutters. The screen printing method involves creating of screens which are pressed up against the cloth. This places the paint onto shirts and there can be only one color per screen. The Vinyl Cutting method uses a machine to cut out designs on special solid vinyl color sheets. Then it uses heat to adhere the already cut vinyl to the garment.

If we look at the pros and cons of each of the above two methods, then we find that screen printing has the advantages like cost effectiveness, quality and durability with cons such as each color requiring a separate screen, sometimes being messy and the need to have large scale printing of a single design in order to be feasible. On the other hand, vinyl cutting has the advantage of having high quality, durability and feasible for small orders. The cons include the implementation of different colors separately and the difficulty in printing of complex designs.

If we consider the latest technology in this field then the name that crops up is Direct to Garment printing, or DTG as it is popularly called. Even though it has been just recently developed, it has been gaining popularity really fast in the t shirt printing industry. The reason for this is surely the fact that DTG has been developed with the aim of overcoming the shortcomings of other printing methods.

As the name suggests, DTG involves the physical printing of the design on to the t shirt using a dedicated inkjet printer. When we observe the printing process, we observe that the t shirt is loaded on a screen just like screen printing. However, DTG has none of the huge set up costs of screen printing and is one step ahead when it comes to printing complex designs.

Perhaps the only drawback of DTG is the requirement of an underbase which makes it a less preferred option when it comes to printing polo tops and other similar t shirts. However, with advantages such as uncomplicated design procedure, feasible small scale printing, greater aesthetic appeal and reduced costs, DTG is here to stay.

Zeljko Sakic is based in Australia and the owner of Teewiz, the leaders in Tshirt printing . He thoroughly recommends you to go ahead and try our unique online tshirt design tool at www.teewiz.com.au to create your very own masterpiece.

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