T-shirt Printing Methods – You May Not Know

The textile industry is a dominant light industry in developing countries in general, including Vietnam in particular. Along with the development of sewing technology, T-shirt printing is being widely used.

T-shirt printing methods you need to know

Along with the era of outstanding advancement in printing technology, company custom t-shirt printing is also becoming much simpler and easier to use. Due to the advantages of modern printing techniques, it is more interested and widely used. The three most used t-shirt printing methods that cannot be ignored are silk printing, digital printing and heat transfer printing. Printing skills will have their own uses and weaknesses. But in general, everyone must commit to being 100% good from fabric selection, color mixing to printing into a complete shirt to have a shirt as beautiful as desired. If you have just heard about or are not clear about these 3 types of printing, please follow this article to learn a little for the purpose of better understanding. The top printing technique is what you can see about it, from which you can evaluate the main importance of your uniform t-shirt which printing skill is best suited to it. That is exactly what we want to share in this article.

Print t-shirts using silk printing method

This is the leading solution for printing on t-shirts in the coming years. Printing T-shirts at a low price using the silk-screen printing method will produce lovely, sharp and highly durable images. Silk screen printing has significant advantages such as the price being significantly cheaper than digital printing when printing in large quantities. Although it is capable of printing on many different fabrics and many different materials such as: Paper, decal, plastic, porcelain, glass. But silk printing by itself cannot print complex details and gradient colors. The following are the highly appreciated advantages of screen printing skills on t-shirts. It has the ability to print water-based ink, sharp images, and low cost accurately when printing white or light-colored uniforms. Using flexible ink, also known as rubber ink, prints smooth, thick, good when printing on dark fabrics. Can print different difficult abilities such as: Indigo printing, velvet printing, 3D embossed printing, reflective printing, glitter on many materials. But the cost is relatively high, much higher than some other methods. Able to print quickly, low cost, suitable for printing large quantities of 100-10,000 shirts as needed, bright colors and high durability. The final feature is that it can be printed on all different fabric materials.

Print shirts with heat transfer printing

What is heat transfer printing?

Using heat transfer t-shirt printing technique to print uniforms at competitive prices. When printing, the color is imprinted in the shirt and penetrates each fiber so it is highly durable. You can choose any image with different sizes as you like, just design a print template and print it on specialized paper to be able to use it many times. Next, use a high-temperature press to make the printed color penetrate each fiber on the shirt. The highlight of this technique is the ability to print on light and dark fabrics. You should note that dark colors will cost a little more than light colors. The disadvantage is that the price is not competitive, the color depends on the origin of the fabric. The temperature used to press the image onto the shirt and the compression force also affect the quality of the print, so you should pay attention. Even the color may not be a bit correct during printing as you expected. The biggest minus point of this printing skill is that it cannot be printed on fabric with 100% cotton content like other printing types.

Strengths of heat transfer printing:

– Able to print complex images easily like printing on photo paper that is difficult to do with other techniques – After printing the t-shirt, you can wear it immediately without waiting. Print t-shirts immediately, no need to waste time waiting for the ink to dry like with screen printing. – Ability to print any location on the shirt as required, something the above two printing methods cannot do – No suffocation when wearing because the shirt is printed with heat transfer – The print is completely embedded in the fabric – Can print photos, portraits, multi-color images of blue, purple, yellow,… – Unlimited printing quantity for you – Images printed on Polyester fabric (PE fabric, Cold spandex fabric) are very sharp.

Print t-shirts using digital printing

Digital printing method is to print the image directly on the shirt. Use specialized flexible ink on printed fabrics. Digital printing solutions tend to be used in t-shirt printing . When you want to print shirts quickly, print small quantities of T-shirts. However, compare prices for digitally printed products. Will be much higher than screen printing. With this printing solution you can achieve very precise prints. When you need to print quickly, in small quantities, or you need to change the print on each shirt. Strengths of digital printing method: – The reserve budget set when printing is many times lower than the method of using printed copies. – When printing in small quantities, using digital printing will help reduce the budget most significantly. – Digital skill photos can be created in any size you want. – Able to print many images with different sizes. – Can be used to print on many different materials such as fabric, wood, thin film.

Why do customers choose quick t-shirt printing using the heat transfer method?

There are many reasons why this heat transfer printing method brings about. The biggest advantage of this method is that the color on the shirt is very fresh. Images are sharp, detailed, and can print vivid color transitions. Almost 100% as pictured. Another big plus point for the quick t-shirt heat transfer printing method is color fastness. The print on the shirt is so soft that the wearer does not feel stiff or stiff. Extremely comfortable and free to move. In addition to printing t-shirts, we also have laser engraving upon request and thermos cups with names engraved upon request as gifts for customers in Can Tho.

What does the T-shirt printing process include?


The design department will provide shirt designs on marquette for customers to easily visualize. And besides, edit if there are any changes in ideas or dissatisfaction with this model. Until the customer completely agrees with the sample. And confirm the final step design .

Print t-shirts

After the fabric is cut, it will be transferred to the shirt printing department. The parts that customers request to be printed will be done by the design department. From drawing pictures, mixing colors, choosing the printing position on the shirt. To export printing film to the printing department. Here the printing department will stretch the frame, take copies and complete the printed frame. Printing technicians will mix colors according to customer requirements. The semi-finished product (cut shirt not yet assembled and sewn) is spread on the printing table. And start the process of printing images on shirts. The product will be printed in color layers. Each layer of printed color is printed on the entire number of shirts and is dried before printing another color. The action is repeated until the image is completely printed on the shirt. After completing the print, it will be transferred to a press to increase the adhesion of the image to the fabric. The printing process is performed completely automatically creating fast speed.

Sewing t-shirts

After being printed, the T-shirt will be transferred to the sewing department. Here the semi-finished products are sewn together into a complete shirt.

CHeck quality

The finished product will be inspected by the quality department to detect thread errors, printing ink errors, fabric color errors…

Complete finished product

Through many stages like this, a T-shirt is created. When finished sewing, it will be quite wrinkled and wrinkled, not flat and neat. At this time, the ironing department will do the job. Make these shirts straighter, flattering and beautiful.


Products that meet quality standards are sized and packaged in specialized plastic bags. Until the consumer receives it. It can be said that the T-shirt printing process is quite complicated and has many steps. To create a satisfactory product, the departments must coordinate and do their work well.

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