Sunday, December 14, 2014

T-shirt printing methods, heat transfer, silkscreen, embroidery, DTG

As you know, there are various of tshirt printing methods in the market. Each method cater for different needs and of course there are pro & cons  between each method. Today we take this opportunity to explain some of the tshirt printing method here

a) Vinyl Heat Transfer Printing
b) Silkscreen Printing
c) Direct to Garment (DTG)
d) Embroidery

Heat Transfer Printing

Heat transfer refers to printing graphics on shirts using transfer paper and a heat press machine. A shirt is placed in the machine, and transfer paper is placed face-down over the shirt. The heating unit is brought down over them for a prescribed time to print the image on the shirt.Transfer paper is available for inkjet. The design must be flipped horizontally and printed to the transfer paper prior to use. It is also possible to silk screen onto transfer paper.

With heat transfer, the unit cost is low for short-run, full-color image, and good quality. Heat-press technology is capable of printing any digital image created in programs such as Adobe Photoshop.

Silkscreen Printing

Silk screen is a versatile printing technique suitable for printing on shirts, paper, wood, plastic and glass. The design is transferred to a frame with screen mesh stretched taut across it. Ink is pressed through the screen with a squeegee.Silk screens are coated with a light sensitive photo emulsion. Graphics are printed on clear vellum and placed over the screen, then exposed to a strong light for a prescribed time. The image is developed with warm water under pressure.

Screen printing is cost-effective for volume order and with one or two-color printing. Silk screen works best with dynamic, iconic images specifically prepared for the medium.


It’s a known process that uses colored threads to sew the design of t-shirt. It can produce an elegant and classy look if you prefer long lasting prints, quality image, more colors, and others. Take note that the price may vary depending on logos and image's size. Most of the corporate customer prefer embroidery printing for their uniform, this is due to embroidery is long lasting and it is 3D look.

Direct to Garment (DTG)

Direct to garment is very much like a desktop printer and print the image on fabric directly.
Direct to garment is developed to fill in the gaps left by the other printing methods. For example, embroidery doesn't allow for photographic detail. Screen printing multiple colors is extremely expensive and requires high minimum order quantities due to the high set-up costs of each image. Heat transfers deliver a thick, rubbery feel to the graphic. However, DTG might not suitable for all kind of fabric / cloth material. Also, DTG printing cost is extremely high, therefore it is not suitable for bulk printing.

Although there are so many different printing technologies (Such as heat transfer printing, screen printing, embroidery and direct to garment), we will propose the most suitable method according customer requirement, besides consider of quantity of order and design. If you have an artwork and would like to print on a T-shirt, feel free to come to us anytime. We provide good quality T-shirt printing services in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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