Direct to Tshirt Printing

 T-shirts using Direct to Garment (DTG) printing, the method of printing cotton-based fabrics (i.e. t-shirts) using a large format inkjet printer, is far superior to screen printing, the process of printing inks through a stencil. DTG is more environmentally friendly than screen printing. DTG uses water-based inks to directly print clothing.

Printing them yourself with heat-applied transfers. In my experience, they’re hard at home with an iron. You would need a much more costly heat press than just designing the shirt online and having someone else print it professionally.

The first thing you want to talk about is if you want a logo, an image slogan, or just an image. Custom t-shirt pricing usually depends on how many colors you come up with. If you just have1-color text, it’s much cheaper to print than a photographic image. So if you choose to add a picture, you’ll want it to be as few colors as possible, unless you’re willing to spend a lot.

When you know what you want the shirt to say, start playing with fonts. Font selection will enhance the t-shirt’s look. You want to choose something easy to read, unless you want people to look at you for a while with a puzzled look on their face. Bolder fonts will print better, particularly on darker tees. A custom text tee matching the graphic will be great. For starters, you might want to select a techno-looking font for a shirt you’ll make about clubbing. Or you might want a professional joke machine font. Selecting font for your concept is very critical.

Once the shirt arrives, you’re ready to show how funny you’re. You can get hooked on making custom t-shirts, as you can be the envy of all your mates showcasing your intellectual prowess on your arm. Wear your template with pride and plan for compliments!

We use a technique called DTG (direct printing). There are a few companies just starting to specialize in this technology, and over the past few years it has progressed at an amazing pace. Without wanting to put too much emphasis on it (and I’m over-simplifying here so apologies to the machine’s builders and inventors), it’s basically cloth ink-jet printing. And it particularly has some great advantages over screen printing.

DTG printers are garment printers that are typically an ink jet printer based on an Epson printer model at the very basic levelFree Web Content and work in the same way as the one on desk printing invoices. A tray contains a plate where the t-shirt is put and passes under the print head similar to how paper travels through a printer.

Dean Jones is a professional t-shirt designer. He designs custom T-shirts for

T-Shirt Screen Printing: An Introduction

When a t-shirt is the last destination for your artwork, translation from screen to fabric introduces a number of new limitations and considerations.

The right amount of consciousness and reasonable expectations for what is possible will transcend those limitations. Using T-Shirt fabric as a development medium, due to the print process, the porous surface, the inks used and their elasticity, has inherent restrictions. We should recognize that it is only half the battle to overcome the challenges of working with fabric as a medium of design. We will show you the solutions.

The fabric and the paper

Let’s first explore the variations in how printed designs are made from textiles and paper. Printing paper best reflects what you see in the computer screen for printing. The inks dry faster with minimum mixture of pigment, since paper is not so absorbent as fabrication. Therefore, the inks dry fast on the surface.

But the fabric is absorbent and helps the inks to become deeper than the paper, making fabric perfect for continuous printing. This also has a significant impact on the look of colors, particularly on light colored t-shirts.

For example, the color on a black shirt is interpreted differently if you’d like a white printed design as the white ink is overshadowed by the black of the shirt. The answer is the two-time flashing of the white ink between each run of the printer.

What flashes? Although it might sound like something you do during the Mardi Gras on Bourbon Street, it simply cures the ink with a heat lamp briefly, before it is again printed on the same monitor. When displaying the same display twice, the tin can become two-fold, and the color of the shirt is stopped pushing through.

Another very common technique is to use a white base to print inks on dark colored textiles. The process involves first printing the entire design in white to produce a white linen under the color design itself. The foundation is a very powerful method to make the colors on dark-colored T-shirts as vivid and real as possible.

Debunking the Inks

Printed t-shirts, in dry and wet conditions, are worn indoor as well as outdoor and are constantly washed in household washers and dryers. The constant use of a printed T-shirt over time requires the tin to stick to the cloth indefinitely and to retain its value. There are three major T-shirt print choices, and plastisol ink, water-based ink and dumping ink are in terms of popularity.

You will sleep covering all three inks, so we will be focusing on plastisol, which is the most widely used and easiest to locate. The durability and lightness of the print are two of the major advantages of plastisol. However, the downside is thickly affected by plastisol. Designs that have a high degree of ink exposure can be distracting when they are seen and not heard.

The negative space on the t-shirt is a missing solution to this problem. Using the t-shirt correctly, it can even look as if you were using an extra print color without the drawbacks of further use of the dye.

Screen inks are available in special, solid colors. To complete the model, each color is printed one by one. In doing so, colors, shades or photographic images with thousands of colors are not the best way to handle. However, these more complex designs can be printed in screen printing inks, even if quality is not enough. Expect the result on the computer screen to be about 50% to 80% of your original design.

Solution–try to avoid shading or sloping as much as possible. Sparingly using them and not as the subject of the project. Make good use of the t-shirt’s negative space to reduce both the ink cover and print thickness.

Know Your Colors

Nobody else’s black is your gray. The navy blue is simply not someone else’s navy blue to get even more granular. Pantone Colour Matching System, often abbreviated as PMS colours, is the most frequently used standard color system used by designers and printers. It works to pass your desired color precisely to the printer in your layout. The printer will take the appropriate PMS color number and combine the regular ink colors for a PMS color reproduction. This is important because it reduces assumptions about what a color should be and makes it tangible.

When you take this advice further and turn colors into PMS colors using a swatch library, be careful about your color appearance adjustments through your display settings. The best way to make sure that the color chart of PMS is present on a same page is for all involved in the design and printing process.


Personalized T shirts provide a great deal of advantage for different types of events, functions, and ceremonies as well. If you still don’t want stress during your t shirt printing ventures, order from or The companies are highly experienced and provide different types of printing techniques as well.

How to Design Your Own Kids T Shirt?

I have the world’s most beautiful nephew and in April he turns 3. Donating is always enjoyable for him, because I can find creative and clever presents that keep him busy. I think this year I would give him some activity donation that he can add to his wardrobe, so that’s a special aspect of his appearance.

I found this cool “build your own monster” shirt kit during my early pre-Christmas shopping online. And I love to do this, and it’s so awesome. There were only two reasons I couldn’t get this for my little friend: 1) he is growing so quickly, that I feared he’ll overwhelm the $40 t-shirt before it’s really cool and 2) my sister was pretty sure he’d hate the shirt beast.

So, I decided to make him a set of t-shirts, which are “designing your own robot” and “designing your own dinosaurs,” cheaper and more options. And they’d be far less scary, most importantly!

I started by ordering supplies and made things somewhat on the way, as I did with most DIY projects.

The Materials

I chose to take blank, white t-shirts, and then paint them naturally as cost was a motivator here. My sister and my boyfriend purchased my nephew some tie-dye shirts, and I figured even a fleece dye job looked cool on the finished product.

I also decided to make use of a fabric marker to draw the base animals and to give them a complete set of iron-on accessories. He can mix and match what on that shirt go ears, mouth, caps, and other stupid stuff. The goal was to achieve maximum versatility with everything scaled up.

Again, in this project, Amazon was my dear friend. I finally got everything with Prime Shipping, except organic coloring products. Time = saved

Product Total Cost: $20

Using Natural Dye only

The process of making and using a natural fabric dye might have been most exciting. This is the right amount of enjoyment and unforeseen recompense. Therefore, you’re doing a mess deliberately— what shouldn’t you really love? I opted to dye 4 of five shirts for the final product (s) and to use the lightest / best three.

After a little work on natural dyeing, I gathered and jumped in the materials I had. Once I began, I washed and dried all the shirts just to make the coton less absorptive if they had any left or therapy. Instead, I made an adjustable solution of salt and vinegar (about 4 cups of water, a cup of vinegar, and 1/4 of cup of salt).

I made my 4 dyes next: coffee, beet, turmeric and violet gentian. Coffee dye was only made with coffee grounds (a cup of liquid about a cup of grounds). The turmeric was made by boiling carrots and water on the same pieces in a pot for about 30 minutes, and then adding a turmeric tablespoon and boiling for another 30 minutes. I rendered the beet color with a cup of water to smash 3 tiny beets and to boil. And I just poured in 2 cups of water for the Gentian Violet onto the stove with a teaspoon of the content.


I trusted Noun Project in order to bring these guys to life for essential accessories. A few fast searches have encouraged my nephew to mix and match easily with a variety of hats, ears, mouths and toys. I printed and trimmed the images to determine their match after I constructed a test run based on the dimensional scale of my sketch.

I’m so happy that I did the test run on normal paper, as many of the things turned out to be wrong. The hacks were too large, the mouths were too large, and a few things (the jacket!) were just not working. So, I made notes, changed measurements, and eventually I just printed three pages.

Another barrier! Another obstacle! Printable iron-on switch works only with inkjet printers which are virtually impossible to find today (they melt in laser printers). Running printer? Work printer? Sorry. -Nope. Central printer for FedEx? I was thinking about it a few days before Christmas. Luckily my wondrous sister agreed to receive my iron order for transfers in Houston and print the accessories with her twin jet. I trimmed it all and had the gift under the tree on Christmas morning!


You can try out my ideas any time you want, however, if you really want a good design, I’d suggest heading over to and using their online t shirt printing services. This is mainly because the company offers a single design as well. The company also extends its services to Melbourne, Perth, Sydney for custom t shirt printing. Lastly, the services also cost less then the entire market.

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