How We Print Our T Shirts
There are a few decoration methods available for printing t-shirts and they depend on the image type and quantity of the order. Below is some information on the different t-shirt printing processes but please feel free to e-mail your design for quotes and advice. We also offer a full in-house embroidery service.
Screen Printing is the traditional process and involves the creation of a silk screen for every colour in the design. Each screen is then printed in sequence onto the t-shirt until the final image builds. Due to the preparation time involved in the screen printing routine this process is more suited to orders of 10 t-shirts and upwards.
DTG (direct to garment) is a relatively new process that can produce full colour digital images printed direct to the t-shirt without the need for screens to be made. DTG is an inkjet technology and is ideal for full colour designs on short runs (approx 20) when screen printing set-up costs would make the cost per t-shirt higher.
Transfers are good for a variety of garment types and quantities. There are different transfer papers available for situations when screen printing or DTG can not meet the needs of the order. Transfers are digital images printed onto the transfer carrier paper suitable for the order and then applied to the t-shirt or other garment with a heat press.
Vinyl (computer cut) T-shirt printers mainly use this process for 1 off t-shirts, stag & hen t-shirts and football kits etc; when the design is solid and does not contain shading. Vinyl is ideal for sports jackets or other garments that can not be secured to the screen printing machines due to the padding.