T-shirt Printing Methods

T-shirts can come in various interesting colours and prints but have you ever thought what kind of methods is involved in t-shirt printing? Whether it is a large-scale manufacturing industry or a little DIY project, T-shirt printing methods can be quite interesting. Let’s take a look at some of the best printing methods used by T-shirts manufacturers, and some that can be used for small scale printing,

DTG (Direct to Garment Printing)

While this process is not suitable for large scale printing, you can use it for printing somewhere around 4-5 shirts. Direct to garment printing offers the best way to print photos onto your T-shirt directly from your computer.

If you are looking for a cotton or cotton blended shirt, and have a DTG machine, this method could be most convenient for you. Talking about convenience, you can use more than 100 colours for this printing to make your own prints and patterns. The resultant colour is more vivid and considered better than screen printing.

Dye Sublimation printing

Dye Sublimation printing is popular among polyester shirts, and often man-made fabrics are printed using this method. The resultant print is no different from DTG printing and offers a durable print to 100% polyester T-shirts.

The process of dye sublimation involves the dye converting to vapour and the polyester fabric absorbing it. However, this printing is not suitable for a cotton t-shirt because the prints may wear out easily.

Inkjet /Laser Iron-on Transfer

Inkjet or Laser Iron Transfer involves a process where you transfer the design from a special heat transfer paper to the T-shirt. This special paper is made up of vinyl, and you can print any design of your choice on this paper. This method is not any less common than screen printing.

Screen Printing

Screen printing is all about mass printing, and it is popular among T-shirt manufacturers. This method uses screens to app the prints to the T-shirts in bulk, and it even produces very high-quality prints that are also quite durable. One of the best qualities of this method is that it is cost-effective despite providing high quality and bulk printing features

The method uses a screen that is made of fabric, which is called mesh. This mesh will have wooden frames and are stretched. The mesh screen will be pressed against the cloth, and different screens will be required for different colours.

While screen printing is considered an affordable option for mass printing, it can also be expensive depending on the design. Since different colours will require different screens, a design having multiple colours could turn out to be expensive.

Discharge Printing

Discharge printing involves the use of discharge inks and bleaching. As you bleach the T-shirt with discharge inks, the process will remove the original dye of the T-shirt. The parts where the original colours are removed will have an imprint. This process is more suitable for cotton T-shirts, 100% cotton to be precise.


With advanced technology, various T-shirt printing methods are possible. As T-shirt manufacturer like YC Qtee Shop focuses on more advanced and bulk printing methods, the company can bring out more stylish and affordable T-shirts with amazing prints.


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