T-Shirt Printing Techniques: Custom Garment Printing

CustomYourShirt.com offers 4 t-shirt printing techniques suitable for garment printing. Each of these printing methods has its own benefits with certain designs and materials, and it is important to use the t-shirt printing method suitable for your specific garment. Here are the pros and cons of each of these.

Direct To Garment digital inkjet printing process:

This direct to garment digital printing technique uses state of the art inkjet technology to print images directly to the garment. Digital printing provides a soft, breathable image. This t-shirt printing technique is perfect for small orders involving multiple colours or photographic images. It also cheaper for small numbers of garment with one colour only. For larger runs of single-colour designs use screen printing.

digital inkjet t-shirt printing process involves taking a high resolution image and printing the image directly onto the garment (t-shirt or any other garment in our range). We can print images in most formats including BMP, TIF, GIF, AI, Jpeg. The quality of the image produced is directly related to the quality of the image supplied so it is important to supply good quality images.

Digital Garment Printing Price List  

Compare to screen printing this process is more expensive per print but keep in mind these prints sell for much more in retail shops.

o minimum order required for digitally printed apparel.
– No setup fee.
– Most suitable print technique for photographs. (Resolution printing 720-2800 dpi)
– Full colour print at no extra charges.
– Ink is smooth to the touch.
– Eco Friendly Ink
– Quick turnaround.

Can get expensive for large quantity compared to screen printing.
– Available for cotton garments only.
– You have to wash the garments inside-out in cold water.
– Maximum print size: 280mm x 370mm   (Larger sizes up to 375mm x 480mm have a minimum  100 print run )

Screen Printing T-Shirt Printing Techniques:

Screen printing is one of the best t-shirt printing techniques for multiple orders involving large solid colours and area printing. Screens are made by coating a chemical emulsion onto a mesh surface. The screen is then exposed on a light table with the artwork under it. The light solidifies the chemicals around the design, and where the light failed to pass through, the chemical breaks down. The screen is then rinsed out and what is left is the area where the light hit.

When screen printing, one colour at a time is applied and therefore the cost will increase with each additional colour applied. Likewise a separate screen is required for each colour, and hence, it may be uneconomical if only a small quantity of clothing is required.

Normally, when you place an order for screen printed clothing there is a Setup charge which covers the cost of having the design made into a screen. . One screen is required for each different design, and different screens are required for each colour printed, and each different location of printing. For example, a one colour front and back print requires two screens if the design on the front is different to the design on the back.

At CustomYouShirt.com we have no setup charge as it’s often confusing for the client, we factor it in our price so you know exactly how much it’s going to cost you per unit without having to calculate setup charge and other fees.

Please note that with screen printing the price will vary depending of the number of colours to be printed.  This is in contrast to digital printing technique, where  the number of colours and length of run (number of garments) has less of an influence on the overal cost.
See Garment Screen Print Price List.

– Affordable, great for large designs.
– Cheaper pricing for larger quantities.
– Very cost effective for single-colour  printing.
– Colours are brighter and more vivid than digital inket.
– No particular washing instructions

Not economical for small orders requiring more than one colour .
– Special artwork requirement.
– Two weeks turnaround. (Faster with rush fee)
– Minimum of 25 prints.

Our screen printers can print up to 10 colours or colour process on light and dark garments.

Cat Cut Garment Printing Technique:

Also called Plot printing, Cat Cut printing is available in two formats:

a) Flock is a “velvety” print and the design is slightly raised from the surface.

b) Flex is matte and lies flat on the textile. This print technique doesn’t allow colour blending, merging or fading. Designs for plot printing must be submitted as a vector graphic (i.e. Freehand, Illustrator or Corel Draw).

Firstly the logo or text need to have an outline added. Then, the design is input direct into a digital cutter which electronically cuts the design on to a single colour sheet of flock, foil or vinyl. The uncut areas are then removed by hand. This process is known as “weeding”. The cut panels are taken and are applied using a commercial heat press and silicone paper.

See Cat Cut Printing Price List

– Suitable for printing
on polyester garments.
– Long lasting.
– Special effects available.
– No minimum quantity.

This method is recommended for text rather than photographic or complex graphics.
Can be expensive for large quantities compared to screen printing.
– Special artwork required.

 T-Shirt Printing Techniques: Embroidery:

We also offer an embroidery service for many garments,  including work wear, uniform embroidery, corporate and promotional clothing embroidery and logos. All are of high quality at affordable prices.

Embroidery is the process by which a design is sewn onto a garment using a computerized embroidery machine. The process gives a highly professional long lasting appearance and is suitable for text or logos. We use modern industrial embroidery machines which give a professional finish.

See Garment Embroidery Price List

In order to produce an embroidered logo, we manually redraw the logo in a format which can be read by an embroidery machine. This conversion process is known as digitisation. Plain text in simple fonts is easier and therefore cheaper to convert than embroidered logos.

If you use one of our fonts their is no setup cost, otherwise we charge  a $55 fee for logos.

High Quality Image
– Long Lasting

– No minimum quantity for text only.
– No setup for lettering. (Logos have  a $55 setup)

Costs more than Printing for some design.
Expensive for large logos.
– Embroidery cannot be used where a graduated colour effect is required.

For Promotional products

We use a special technique known Sublimation dye printing for many promotional items of clothing.
Click here for Information on our Sublimation Dye Printing Technique