Since the passage of time and modernized technology, many phrases, and familiar logos are worn on all our backs. From visiting concerts to visiting public places, to making political statements, T-shirts have grazed our skins for the longest eras we can remember.
The Popular Process of Silk Screen Printing
The commonly used process for T shirt printing has been silk-screening, although other processes have arisen in recent years with more popularity and success. Processes such as airbrush, embroidery, appliqué, and ironing, have cropped up and still exist in specialized capacity. Regardless, for the mass manufacturing of T-shirts, the procedure of silk screening still reigns supreme. The process of screen printing(serigraphy) dates back to 100 years. Through the process of transferring different pigments of ink into RGB and CMYK, then forcing them through the silkscreen onto the desired material of the T-shirt, the familiarized T-shirt is born.
Through this process, many humorous and/or ironic sayings, company logos, popular slogans, and designer patterns have been and still are being flaunted for generations and continue to display on the backs of millions. It has proven to be a cost-effective form of advertising; T-shirt printing brings together marketability and profitability for different aspects of the business.
Heat Transfer T-Shirt Printing Process
Other T-shirt printing techniques are also embraced depending on the demand of the wearer and the investment one has made. For small business purposes, the Heat Transfer process of printing is a better choice. In this procedure, a design is pressed onto the fabric by this heat transfer method. By this method, it makes the fabric with a smooth feeling, It is best applied on white T-shirts, as heat press on colored T-shirts doesn't give the desired effect.
also, it cracks often and doesn't last long.
Still, it is effective in where small quantities are concerned and faster than screen printing. Moreover, the space occupied within this is less. But this approach restricts the use of colors.
Vinyl Transfers T-Shirt Printing Process
Vinyl transfers give the possibility to choose multiple colors and high quality after prints are made. With a vinyl cutter, a print, logo, or any desired patterns from a sheet is cut out. Then it is pressed on the T-shirt by the procedure of heat transfer. This method is not appropriate to go for mass production. It goes excellently with single print/designed T-shirts.
Combining the latest aspects of business, with the capability to mass-produce logos and statements, has paved a great road to sensation for many capitalistic minds. If you average over the cost of production and the general cost of marketing, T-shirt design with its many methods of printing is a superb way of marketing any given product, name or logo and earning exposure to millions in the market. The most admirable usage of such a marketing technique is applied thinking about the younger generations who spend their hard-earned money on concert tickets and want to make their events memorable to celebrate with the T-shirt the times they shared at any every given moment.
Undoubtedly, the applications for T-shirt printing are endless, from a small business to the one who just wants to make a DIY statement to the friends to the one who wants to stay trendy on a given music tour, or to the business looking to gain exposure for marketing campaigns, anyone can get a portion of the proverbial T-shirt pie.