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Fashion and style: different types of t-shirt printing

Custom t-shirt printing is a way to make yourself not only fashionable, but also unique. This is why many are interested in custom printing. From cute designs to eye-catching pieces, t-shirt customization has evolved in such a way that even the fashion world is taking notice. From traditional screen printing to 3D printing, below are various ways one can personalize their shirt (s).

Screen printing

Screen printing is perhaps the most popular as it is also the cheapest way to transfer an image to a shirt. All you need is a mesh screen, fabric ink, a squeegee, and a basic cotton shirt. The screen is coated with a special material that hardens when exposed to light. When the material is removed, the image is embedded on the screen. The screen is then placed on top of the shirt where fabric ink is added. The ink is then removed from the design with a squeegee. Once the ink hardens, the screen is removed and the outline of the image is clearly visible on the shirt. An advantage of using this method is that the mesh screen is reusable and the design can be used repeatedly. That being said, using this method is time consuming as one has to do the transfer process individually.

Heat transfer

Heat transfer is particularly popular for its ease of use and since heat is used the design transfers quickly. Heat transfer designs are widely available and one can even do it from the comfort of their own home. Simply turn the design upside down on the shirt and use any heat equipment, such as a household iron. Run the iron on the design several times to make sure the design transfers completely. Although transferring the design is quick, easy, and the price is relatively inexpensive, the designs do not last long and some can break over time, leading to damage to the design.

Digital printing

Digital printing is the newest form of printing as it prints directly onto the garment. Digital printing is popular as it enables clear image design output thanks to the color separation functions. As the designs are printed directly onto the material, the fabric absorbs the color allowing a longer and more realistic appearance. Although digital printing is popular, only a few people use it, as the machine is a bit expensive. However, this type is ideal for those who are interested in opening their own printing business.

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