T-Shirt printing is becoming increasingly popular and can be used for many different purposes. From stag and hen dos to event t-shirts and business t-shirts, there’s really a t-shirt for everything! But how do you know what method of t-shirt printing you should use? What is the difference between screen-printing and DTG printing? We have written a guide below on the different types of printing at Ikonic Print and their processes.
Why print a t-shirt?
T-shirt printing is a fantastic way of personalising an event, your business and any kind of special occasion. You can add designs, logos, names and almost anything you fancy!
What t-shirt printing method options do you offer?
We cover all printing method options! There are 3 main methods of t-shirt printing which are Screen-Printing, DTG Printing and Transfer Printing. We will cover these below in detail to give you more information on how each method works and which one you should opt for.
Screen printing is a great and affordable printing method. When a logo has bright and varied colours, screen-printing will bring these colours to life. This method involves using multi-coloured inks to create your logo, which are then applied to the t-shirt through mesh screens. After each screen, the t-shirt is put through a drying process to stop the ink washing or wearing out. Screen printing is particularly useful for large orders. This method of printing is one of the oldest but is still very popular to this day!
DTG (direct to garment) printing involves applying ink directly to the t-shirt using a printer. When this type of printing method is used, both a specialist printer and specialist ink are required. The ink absorbs the fibres of the t-shirt and a fixing agent is applied at the outset. The fixing agent helps keep the colour of the t-shirts. This method of printing is great for small quantity orders that need a quick turnaround as we can print a t shirt using DTG in less than 5 minutes!
Vinyl printing, also known as transfer printing, is another fantastic t shirt printing method. How this method works is a sheet of vinyl is cut into the specific shape or your logo or design, and the remaining design is then rotated and finally heat sealed onto the t shirt using a heat press. Vinyl printing works for all garments but we would not recommend using this method on fleece or wool. This method is also great for high viz clothing!