The Best T-shirt printing Methods

Posted by needtshirtsnow 29/07/2016 3 Comment(s)

The Best T-shirt printing Methods


Screen Printing

Screen printing is one of the oldest methods of printing. Today it is still used because of its durability and simplicity. With all the new technology it is easy to print an abundant amount of t-shirts in a little amount of time. Screen printing is capable of using special inks such as glow in the dark ink or high vibrancy inks. There are lots of different inks that can be used, but plasitol is the go to ink. It is thicker than water based inks. Water-based inks give you that no feel type of feel like it’s embedded into the shirt.


Quick screen printing facts.

  • Screen printing is capable of using specialty inks.
  • Capable of printing more shirts per hour.
  • Inks such as the color white has the tendency to look more vibrant than other methods.
  • Price wise, not good for ordering a few shirts.
  • The more shirts the cheaper.
  • Great durability.
  • Can print on Cotton or polyester


Direct to Garment Printing

Dtg printing aka Digital Printing is one of the newest methods of printing. It is great for detailed printing. You can use it print full color easy. Able to print millions of different colors and half tones easy. Most Direct to garment printing uses the CMYK ink system. Some Dtg printers using six color channels excluding white ink. DTG printers usually use water based inks that give you that no feel type of print that is embedded into the shirt.


Quick Direct to garment facts.

  • Direct to garment is great for printing small orders of t-shirts.
  • Great Durability
  • Full-color Printing
  • No Screens Fees
  • High detailed printing
  • Prints on 100% cotton and some light color polyester shirts




Sublimation is the method used for all over prints. Sublimation works on polyester shirts. Sublimation works well for full-color printing. Sublimation is very durable. The print should outlast the garment. Sublimation is popular today printing on everything from t-shirts to socks and computer mouse pads. Sublimation printing is also digital printing but the inks are transferred on to transfer release paper and then turn from a solid directly to a gas that is transferred onto the shirt. It also gives you that soft to the touch feel.


Sublimation facts

  • Can print one shirt easily
  • Cost will usually be higher for printed shirts
  • Highly detailed
  • Great durability
  • Full-color printing
  • Polyester
  • Soft touch print


Watch this video of the Screen Printing Process.




Watch this Video on The DTG printing time lapse




Watch this Video on Sublimation Printing



3 Comment(s)

Sarah Smith:
15/03/2017, 03:59:08 PM,

My family wants to get custom made shirts for our reunion. It's good to know that water-based inks give you the feeling that it's embedded into the shirt. Something else to consider is to get your shirt custom printed by a professional that has a great reputation.

Ava henry:
21/08/2017, 02:06:03 AM,

i agree on sublimation, they are popular in printing but costly too buy if looking for durability its better to go with it. Providing the video of making is great. well done

Devid Ayer:
17/01/2018, 10:45:40 PM,

DTG printing is great but for a large order, Screen Printing is Best. I was confused about what printing method is best for polyester shirts? Great to know that Sublimation is the method that works on polyester shirts. Did you forget to tell about Heat press printing?

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