Absolutely the fastest and cheapest method when tens, hundreds or thousands of identical T-shirts are needed. It’s a long-lasting and durable printing method. Screen printing requires preparation costs, but for large quantities it’s by far the most advantageous printing method. Every colour printed needs a separate printing frame. Screen printing provides options to print both photoluminescent and glow-in-the-dark (reflective) design. Endless possibilities!
DTG is a state of the art decorating method where digital printer prints directly onto the textile product. A T-shirt (or a hoodie) is laid on the pallet and printing process is done by the machine itself.
On a white/light garment you cannot feel the decoration at all. The print is max soft and does not create ‘an-extra-layer’ feel (the common issue with heat transfers). Darker garments need to be pre-treated before printing to make sure that the prints shall have vivid colours. Print on pre-treated textiles does have a feel, but it is a lot softer and lighter than thermo transferred alternatives.
Heat pressing is reasonable method when the batch is smaller.
Heat pressing is really common around decorating sportswear. The numbers and logos are cut out of the thermal film with a film cutter and pressed on the surface of the shirts and trousers.
Sublimation of textile products means the transfer colour pigments to the fabric in such a way that the print is not perceptible by hand: the pigment attaches inside the fabric fibre, not on top of it. For sublimed textile products, the print cannot wear off (the print is extremely durable to washing).
NB! You can only sublimate light colour tees made of polyester.
To achieve a particularly velvety result, the graphics are cut out of a special material and pressed onto the surface of the T-shirt. Preparation costs are really reasonable.
Keep in mind that this is not a suitable method for printing the most detailed graphics.