Fashion goes through its different phases and styles over the years and not all of it is for the very rich and the eccentric. One popular fashion item worn across the world and across the classes is t-shirts. You do not have to just be stuck with what fashion designers come up with for those shirts though, you could turn to something like screen printing with a garment printing service and create your own t-shirts, hoodies, jackets, caps and so on.
Why is t-shirt printing so popular?
T-shirt printing is popular because it has so many uses. You can have t-shirts printed as a business to sell, to market your business, as a reward or prize for competitions on social media and more. You can have staff wearing them as a casual uniform that also acts as a marketing opportunity. Charities can do the same to raise awareness and funds. People can also use t-shirts as gifts, sportswear, or just for themselves to show off their creativity and unique style. It can be anything from images, logos, text or a combination of them. Over the years t-shirt printing options have developed and suit different situations. Here is a look at three of them.
However, if you are looking for a way to deliver your custom products anytime, you may want to consider working with a company that specializes in on-demand production and delivery services.
The classic option of screen printing
Also called silkscreen printing it has been around in some form for hundreds of years and continues to be popular because when you buy many items a printing service often offers a reduced cost the more you get. It is a method best used when the image is simple, so no photos, and when there are less than a handful of colors. Each color means the printer has to prepare a new screen, the more screen the longer the prepartion process and the more it costs. The results are good, though not super high quality and it is durable lasting through many washes. There is less variety when you choose this option.
With heat transfer there is a version you can do yourself at home where you use an iron on the image that moves it onto the shirt of your choice, but the heat transfer option that the printer offers is the same process using a hotter and larger heat press so the effects tend to work better and last longer. It is a method good for when you just have a few you want to do and you can print anything but the quality of the print is not as good as with other options like DTG or screen. Cracks start to appear after 20 to 30 washes.
DTG or Direct to garment printing
With DTG printing it is a lot easier to set up than silkscreen printing and so you can have many different colours. It is a quick method for t-shirt printing and very easy to customise. You can then have any image, photo or such however you want. But it is trickier to manage printing onto dark shirts, though some strides are being made in ink development to change this.