ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Creating Custom Printed T Shirt Designs For T Shirt Printing

Updated on June 27, 2011

Give Up The Plain Shirts

T Shirt Printing By You

T shirt printing is a good way for groups to show they belong together. This practice is most often seen in companies and sports teams having printed t shirts for everyone as part of any sports event or company outing. These events are often held during summer when the weather is perfect for playing in the field with friends and colleagues. It is also during summer that the t shirt printing business is booming satisfyingly.

T shirt printing normally earns a higher income from custom printed t shirts made specifically for sports or company events. The orders are usually in large numbers and the t shirt designs are custom printed. To create these custom printed t shirt designs, the clients have two choices: have these designs created for them for a fee by an artist, or have someone from the group create the design using any imaging software.

If the team or the company decides to hire an artist or a professional graphic designer to design their custom printed t shirts, then they will have to spend more for the t shirt printing project. One advantage of this option is that an expert has created the design they wanted custom printed on t shirts. Another advantage is the value the t shirt acquires because of the design, especially when the artist is relatively well known and admired for his work.

T Shirt Printing Can Be A Hobby

Hire An Artist Or Do Your Own T Shirt Printing

However, if they decide to use the skills of someone from their group, then they get to spend less. An advantage of this option is that the design they wanted is what they will surely get, even when it looks sloppily done, or at the least, corny.

Most often than not, the group usually chooses the second option. The steps in creating the design and printing it are simple. Any imaging software will do for the creation of the t shirt’s design. All that is required are the artistic and technical skills to manipulate the image using the computer. Once the group is satisfied with the way the design looks, then it is time to print it.

T Shirt Screen Printing

Direct-To-Garment Or Traditional Screen Printing?

There are two ways to create the custom printed t shirts. One is through direct-to-garment printing, which is the newest technology available in the t shirt printing. This simply uses a specially manufactured printer, which uses textile ink, to imprint the design directly on the fabric. After going through the press, so to speak, each t shirt is exposed to intense heat to cure the design.

Another method is through traditional t shirt screen printing, which uses a polymer mesh with a stenciled image of the design on it. The ink is then pushed through the screen using a squeegee. T shirt printing companies now use a rotary machine to print multicolor designs.

Have A T Shirt With Your Own Style

Plastisol Ink or Water-Based Ink For T Shirt Printing?

Another issue in t shirt printing is the question of either using plastisol inks or water-based inks. Modern types of water-based inks, unlike before, are now as vibrant looking and long lasting as plastisol inks. Although they are environment friendly, water based inks may be more expensive because they do not last in storage well and may not be reusable once they are contaminated.

Plastisol inks, on the other hand, do not clog the mesh and will not dry up even when exposed to air for a long time. They also undergo a shorter “curing” period under intense heat because they do not have water in them.

Ultimately, the decision to use either type of ink, however, lies on the type of custom printed t shirt design the group wanted. If they wanted a soft, flat feel of the design, then water-based inks are the best choice. If they wanted a design with a heavier hand that feels rubbery to the touch, then plastisol inks should be their ink of choice.

These are just three of the many decisions clients need to address when ordering t shirts from t shirt printing companies. The option of using plastisol or water-based ink, or selecting direct-to-garment or traditional screen printing. If you are the Martha Stewart type and want to save on costs, doing the t shirt printing yourself may be a good option.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • profile image

      Markymark 7 years ago

      Great article! I do busines with Wordans. They ofer DGT and screenprinting. I suggest to anyone to try them.

      www.wordans.com

    • Zainejaz profile image

      Zainejaz 7 years ago from Quetta

      very informative I really like it!

    • profile image

      Stephenie 7 years ago

      T-shirt customization is quite common especially in a company environment. Some do it for anniversary or any special event.

      I've used to tailor made my plain t-shirt, turned them into my favorite cartoon and character. This makes my t-shirt to be recycled and wear back.

    • profile image

      Custom T-Shirts 8 years ago

      Are you looking for a t-shirt? Check out some cool and attractive designs at http://www.lovethoseshirts.com and get one of your choice…here you can also customize a design that suits you the best and matches your personality…Just don’t wait, start clicking and order one for yourself

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: "https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr"

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)