Another method is Direct To Garment (DTG) printing. This is a method of running the actual shirt through a printer which prints the image on to the shirt just as a standard in home ink jet printer would print out a document from your computer. There has been some talk in the design community of the ink drying or clumping up in these machines, but I have seen the work they do and it looks great and feels great on the shirt. This is a higher end option at this time with some printers going for around $25,000. You could get a used on for around $16,000, but it would take a lot of shirts to pay off that large of an investment.
These more advanced t-shirt printing processes now make use of, what else, a computer! If you want to start a custom tee business, knowledge in basic computer operation is a must. What you need to do is print the customer’s desired design in a special type of paper with an inkjet or laser printer and using waterproof ink. Then the image is transferred to the shirt. The images are then dried and ironed so they won’t come off no matter how many times you use and wash the t-shirt. The quality of the t-shirt itself is also important.
One aspect which T shirt printing brings forth is the uniqueness of the person. It is hard to be a ‘somebody’ in a world where competition is increasing everyday. How will you stand out among the crowd? You will be able to cast your own aura, if you come up with something which is popular and unique. If you are worried that you may not get the message that you will like, you have the option of designing your own T shirt as well. The methods of digital printing and screen printing are some of the methods used in the printing of T shirt.
Cotton has been around for centuries, it is the granddaddy of all t-shirt fabric. Cotton was first used for clothing way back in 2500 B.C. Throughout the years it has been the most popular fabric for making clothing. Production of cotton became much more efficient once Eli Whitney invented the Cotton Gin, which mechanically separated cotton from seeds, in the late 18th century.
If you want to avoid such situations then buying a readymade, off the peg T-shirt design from the market or local shop is out. You would be much better off with a custom printed T-shirt design that is unique to you. With your custom tee, you can not only wear a self-designed T-shirt but also have something says something about your personality.
Another alternative technique used in the process is known as ‘Heat Transfer Method’. The machines used in this process are very expensive and they are meant for industrial purposes only. This adds to the cost of the clients who want to get their own T-shirts printed by themselves. If you love the task of t-shirt printing, then there are varieties of varied designs that you can consider.
Adobe Photoshop — Everyone knows what Photoshop is, but hardly anyone realizes it’s potential. Photoshop is capable of so many things that no one person can use it fully, it’s not just a photo editing software. It’s a bitmap software. It’s great for turning paintings or illustrations into digital artworks and is hardy enough to handle endless numbers of colors. However, you are limited by size. The size that your artwork is when you start is the size that it needs to stay. It cannot be enlarged without becoming blurry, but it can be reduced without compromising quality.
You’ll need to know how to send your picture and images to them so that they can put them, on your T shirts. Can you upload images online, or do you need to physically send CDs or memory sticks?