Digital T-Shirt printing refers to the process of printing your graphic/photo/text or almost any design onto a T-Shirt using either an inkjet or a color laser printer. There are a few ways to do this however we’re going to focus on printing with T-Shirt exchanges.
This method begins by using T-Shirt transfer paper. This is a special, sprayed paper that is designed to be printed on and then pushed onto the T-Shirt. There are essentially two types of this paper; one for using on white and light colored fabrics and another designed for dark color t-shirts.
This is the same process where you can buy T-Shirt transfer paper at places like Staples and Wal-Mart, and then press it onto the T-Shirt yourself. The difference is, good T-Shirt printers use commercial grade transfer paper and apply the exchanges to the T-Shirts using a commercial heat press. This combination plus the expertise of the T-Shirt printer gives an excellent looking and durable T-Shirt.
There are numerous advantages and a few disadvantages to digital custom T-Shirt printing using exchanges. click here
The first benefit is that if you need one unique or simply a few T-Shirts then this method is perfect. You print just what you need. Many T-Shirt printing processes like screen printing require a minimum number of t-shirts.
The next advantage is that you can have full color printing. Since your design is printed with a color laser or an inkjet printer you are able to have as many colors as you like. This permits photos or graphics with gradient fills (blending from color or shade to another color or shade) to easily be taken.
Third. There is no setup involved. Unlike screen printing there is no additional preparation needed in the printing of digital T-Shirt exchanges. You just make your image the size you want on the T-Shirt. You then “mirror” or “flip” your print job so that when it is printed onto the T-Shirt it will be correct. Then print and press.
And probably one of the greatest advantages to this type of T-Shirt printing is that the T-Shirts can be personalized. If you are looking for personalized T-Shirts for a wedding you can print one for the bride, one for the mother of the bride, one for the house maid of honor and two or three for the bridesmaids and any other people involved.
If you have a team you can have your team logo on the front of all the T-Shirts and then each players name and number on the back. Or if you have a company and you want your logo with the persons name or position incorporated into the logo, this is easy to do.
However, the biggest negative is that there is no white printer in this printing method. So, if you were to print the Canadian flag on a light blue T-Shirt the flag would be red and light blue instead of red and white. However, there is a T-Shirt transfer paper designed for printing on dark T-Shirts that handles this problem.
Another disadvantage is that if they a not cleansed properly, the image can diminish. The easiest way to avoid this is to turn the T-Shirt inside out and wash the T-Shirt in cold water with a mild washing liquid, no bleach or bleach additives or fabric softener. Then hang the T-Shirt to dry.
Now I would like to cover that in this article I have frequently compared T-Shirt transfer printing to screen printing. Screen printing has two distinct benefits. You are able to use white printer and the printer for screen printing is designed for fabric.
In conclusion, printing white or light color T-Shirts using T-Shirt exchanges as the T-Shirt printing method allows for flexibility and cost effectiveness for printing T-Shirts that need multiple colors, personalization or a lower quantity of t-shirts.