T-shirt Printing

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T-shirt printing

There will always be a need for t-shirts. In recent times it’s become easier for anyone to get any design they want printed as well. This market has continued to grow and grow and now the size of it is near incomprehensible. There are thousands of independent designers printing their work onto t-shirts who are able to sell their designs through websites such as redbubble.com and cafepress.co.uk. Companies are able to get shirts embroidered or printed on for their workforce, Even hen or stag do’s are catered for in this market. With so much choice it is often difficult to know where to go for what you want and what will offer the best results. Today, I will go through a few of the most common methods that are used to print t-shirts:

Screen Printing

This process involves creating a “screen” to use to transfer a design onto a t-shirt. This screen works in much the same way as a stencil and allows for ink to be pasted over the shirt to give professional looking results. There are a lot of tutorials on youtube that offer advice as to how to do this from home. Feel free to have a go by all means but this method is expensive to do properly. If you are looking to get t-shirts sold in bulk and you are not using too many colours then screen printing is a good idea for you.

Transfer Printing

This method is where a design is printed as a transfer that can then be applied to a t-shirt using a heat press. Quite often you will find that transfer printing is of quite a low quality, feels heavy to wear and will start to crack and peel over time. If you are looking to print t-shirts to sell then this option just won’t cut it. However, if you are looking for t-shirts for a stag or hen do or any short event then this is perfect for you. It will provide cheap results that will last for the time you need.

Direct to Garment Printing

One of the newest and by far one of the most reliable methods when it comes to getting good results. The limitations to this method are very few and the majority of t-shirts you now find in stores are printed this way. It allows for any design with any amount of colour.


Okay, it might not be a method of printing but when it comes to putting designs onto garments embroidery is still worth considering when it comes to small designs. Favoured by a lot of companies when it comes to providing their workforce with outfits for its quality results it definitely does give off a good impression and for not a lot more when it comes to cost. Just so long as you aren’t thinking of getting a massive design embroidered.

Again, when it comes to all these different methods of getting something done, when you call or e-mail us about t-shirts you can count on us to guide you through the process every step of the way so you can get the results you want without having to break the bank. Whether you’re looking to start selling your own shirts, looking to promote yourself or an event or looking to kit out a workforce, we’re here to help.

You can e-mail us at tshirts@socialmediaandprint.co.uk

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