Four different types of T-shirt printing methods are best used for printing wholesale orders: Screen printing, Direct to garment printing, Transfer printing, and Cut & sew. Each different type of T-shirt printing method offers its own unique advantages, so, when it comes to choosing the best, there are a number of factors to consider.

In this guide, you will find the best T-shirt printing methods explained, exploring how each method works, the pros and cons of each technique, as well as the response to the most common questions.

Nowadays garment personalisation is easier than ever before! Whether you’re a marketing agency looking for branded T-shirts for an event, a corporate business looking for personalised polo shirts for your team’s uniform, or an influencer management agency designing branded merchandise, here we are going to mention only the best T-shirt printing methods for large orders.

How to know which is the best T-shirt printing technique

There are different T-shirt printing techniques because they fulfil different needs but if you are looking for a quick answer on this and we had to pick one, we’d choose screen printing (for large orders).

*For more information on the different types of T-shirt printing techniques and customised T-shirts, don’t forget to contact our printing experts. They are always more than happy to answer any questions you may have. Contact Printsome now!

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T-shirt Printing Techniques Infographic

If you’re in a hurry, we’ve summarised the key points for each of the fabric printing techniques in the highlights section. Otherwise, enjoy the reading!

Screen Printing – The Best Printing Technique For Printing In Bulk

About Screen Printing

Screen printing is one of the most popular, established, and widely used amongst pros, especially when it comes to extensive orders.

The process involves using screens to apply ink on to the t-shirts.

Also known as silkscreen printing, screen printing is a versatile and effective printing method that allows you to produce T-shirts with outstanding quality and a tactile feel. And, because the inks are absorbed deeply into the fabric, it is possible to achieve vivid, bright colours and maximum durability.

This is one of the most traditional methods of T-shirt printing, with experts believing it dates back as far as ancient China. However, it really took off in the 20th century, when Andy Warhol used the technique to create his iconic Marilyn Monroe portrait.

This is how we Screen Print at Printsome

The Screen Printing Process

Step 1: Create your Design

As with any printing method, the first step in the screen printing process is to create the artwork. This can be done using any design software available on the market, however it is important that it is exported in the required final format for screen printing (see the next step).

Step 2: Formatting the File

Save in vectors rather than pixels. Vectors are mathematical calculations that create lines and figures on our monitors. Unlike working with pixels, you can expand or minimise these vector as much as you want, without impacting on the quality. As well as being saved as a vector, the artwork must also be separated, with each colour on a different layer. This is because, in the screen printing process, each tone is printed using a different screen.

Once the design is finished, the designer must create a version in solid black and print it on to a transparent film. This is done to block off the light (see step 5).

Step 3: Cover the screen with emulsion

Next, the mesh screen is coated with a photosensitive emulsion. This creates the green background you might have seen on a screen printing screen.

This is a simple process but must be done carefully to ensure that the liquid is distributed evenly.

Step 4: Let the screen dry

For the photosensitive emulsion to work properly, it must be left to dry in a cool, dark room. If the emulsion is exposed to light at the wrong time, it could jeopardise the full process.

Step 5: Create the stencil

Once the screen is dry, the design is placed on top of it and secured in place using a soft adhesive. The screen is then placed under a strong source of UV light. The parts of the screen that haven’t been covered with the design will harden, while the rest will remain soft. In effect, the design has now been burned into the emulsion.

After around an hour, when the screen is fully dry, the design can be removed using a small brush and water. A negative component of the artwork will be left.

The screen is now ready to use for printing.

Step 6: Separating the colours

If your design features more than one colour, the process is repeated so that each colour in your design is separated into individual layers on different screens. So, if your design has two colours, you’ll need two screens.

Step 7: Apply the design

Now the screen is ready, it’s time to start the actual printing. The T-shirt will be placed in the screen printing machine, with the screen carefully placed on top. The ink will then be placed on top of the screen and evenly distributed across the surface using a squeegee.

Again, if the design contains multiple colours, this process will be repeated for each colour.

Step 8: Heat curing

Once the T-shirt has been printed, it will need to be heat cured to ensure that the print is sealed and remains in place. If you skip this step, the design will fade as soon as the T-shirt is washed.

During curing, the ink needs to reach a certain temperature in order to successfully bond with the fabric. Different types of ink need to be cured at different temperatures and for different lengths of time.

Although this might seem like a lengthy process, each screen can be used multiple times, meaning the technique is actually highly efficient and perfect for larger orders.

Screen Printing Variations

A number of variations can be used in conjunction with screen printing to produce bold, creative, and stand out finishes and effects.

Puff printing technique: Puff printing follows the same setups and processes as standard screen printing, but can produce stunning 3D effects. The ink used is still Plastisol based, but features a foaming agent that reacts to heat.

This technique can be used to make your design or logo truly stand out, or create a totally unique design.

Gel printing: Gel screen printing adds a layer of high density gel on top of the screen printed t-shirt, creating a 3D coating that ensures the image really stands out. This technique can be used to create a variety of special effects, without the need for more complex, time consuming printing methods.

Gel printing is durable, versatile, and eco-friendly and designs can be produced with multiple colours.

Crackle finish: This screen printing variation involves the ink breaking up once it has dried, for a beautiful, cracked effect.

Glow in the dark finish: Glow in the dark screen printing follows much the same process as traditional screen printing, only slow in the dark inks are used to make the design, or part of the design, glow in the dark.

Once printed, the design looks grey or off-white. But, turn the lights off, and the ink glows in the dark!

This is a particularly popular technique amongst retail clients, and well as marketing and events agencies whose clients want to stand out from the crowd.

UV glow finish: Photochromic inks change colour when they are exposed to UV light. Applied in the same way as traditional screen printing inks, the design will look off-white until it is exposed to UV light, when it will reveal the chosen colour.

Suede finish: Suede inks will give your screen printed T-shirt an amazing, textured finish.

Glitter finish: Adding glitter to the screen printing process will really make the finished design stand out! The inks are carefully produced to ensure that the glitter stands out but does not flake off the T-shirt.

Screen Printing Pros and Cons

Screen printing offers a number of pros and cons when it comes to delivering large-scale orders of printed T-shirts:

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The Pros
  • Screen printing produces high quality prints.
  • The technique produces bold, vibrant colours as the inks are usually thicker than those used in other printing techniques.
  • Is the best in terms of speed and efficiency. Once the screen has been made, the screen printing process is actually the quickest of the month. Some screen printing machines are so fast that they can print up to 4600 T-shirts in one hour.
  • This method is versatile, allowing you to mix up any colour you like and create special finishes. Some machines have also screens big enough to cover an entire T-shirt which results in all-over printing.
  • Screen printed designs offer great longevity. Because of the thick inks, screen prints have been known to keep their vibrancy for years and years.
  • There are a variety of screen printing inks available that can be used to create a variety or effects and textures.
  • The same amount of setup is required for one T-shirt as 1,000 T-shirts, so it’s perfect for bulk orders.
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The Cons
  • The time spent printing is significantly less than the time spent preparing the design and the screens – this results in high set up costs. These costs increase even more when ordering low quantities which are not advised with screen printing.
  • It can be tricky to print small runs and there is often a minimum order quantity.
  • This method isn’t advisable for photo-realistic images.
  • This printing method isn’t ideal for complex, multi-colour designs.

Screen Printing Myths

Here are just some of the myths surrounding screen printing:

Screen printing inks aren’t environmentally friendly

An increasing number of screen printing companies are using plastisol ink, as this is biodegradable and much better for the environment than other, older types of ink.

Water-based screen printing inks are more environmentally friendly, still. These inks use pigments that have been suspended in a water solvent base. And, because they contain absolutely no plastics, they are far greener than traditional inks, even plastisol inks.

Not only this, but organic, water-based inks are also better for the skin and produce a printed T-shirt that feels lighter and more breathable, enhancing wearability.

Once water-based inks have been used, the screens and equipment can be washed down using plain water, which can then be washed down the drain, without causing environmental damage.

Screen printing can’t recreate gradients

This isn’t strictly true. Today, the most sophisticated screen printing machines can recreate small colour changes, mixing the inks in a way that makes them look like a gradient. However, although this is possible, gradient printing is still significantly more limited than with methods such as direct to garment printing.

Screen printing is only for large-scale orders

While screen printing lends itself perfectly to larger, wholesale orders, it can also be used for smaller runs. This does, however, depend upon the printer and the design. It may be possible to run a small order of custom printed shirts with a simple design of one or two colours.

You can only screen print on T-shirts

Not true! High tech printing machines are capable of screen printing custom designs on practically any product or textile.

Screen printing doesn’t produce high-quality prints on dark fabrics. While this used to be the case, screen printing techniques have developed significantly over the past few decades. New inks and processes mean that it is now possible to print your chosen design on even the darkest of fabrics, and get great, high-quality results.

Screen printing can crack or fade

The latest inks and tools help prevent the cracking or fading of screen printed designs.

Screen printing is only good for uniforms

This couldn’t be further from the truth. Screen printed T-shirts and other goods are perfect and commonly used for events, as giveaways, for promotions, merchandising and much, much more.

Screen printing examples by Printsome:

Polar Black Events
Screen printed and bagging customised items for an event produced by Polar Black Events, the luxury experiences creative agency in the UK.
Screen printed T-shirts for the’s 7th-anniversary campaign spotting their year biggest activists in Spain.

These are the most frequent questions that Printsome receives about Screen Printing

How much does it cost to screen print a T-shirt?

The cost of screen printing a T-shirt will depend upon a number of factors, including:

  • The number of colours required
  • The amount of T-shirts you require
  • If the T-shirt is white or coloured

Here’s a rough overview of the costs for screen printing at Printsome:

  • 100 T-shirts with a 2 colour print onto a coloured T-shirt – approximately £6.50 per shirt
  • 200 T-shirts with a 3 colour print onto a white T-shirt – approximately £5 per shirt
  • 500 T-shirts with a 4 colour print onto a white T-shirt – approximately £4 per shirt
How long does it take to screen print a T-shirt?

It typically takes us around 5-7 working days to print and deliver screen printed T-shirts to addresses within the UK.

Which fabric is best for screen printing?

Screen printing is an incredibly versatile printing technique. All fabrics can be printed using this method, aside from jackets and fleece jackets, where embroidery is recommended.


Find out more about Screen Printing and what the process involves here.


DTG Printing – The Perfect Printing Method For Complex Designs Like Images And Gradients

About Direct to Garment (DTG)

Direct to Garment (DTG) printing is the newest and most accessible printing method.

In simple terms, DTG works just like a paper printer, with ink injected directly onto the fabric, rather than on to paper. As the name would suggest, it’s the process of printing graphics directly on to textiles and garments.

DTG printing is also known as digital apparel printing, digital garment printing, and inkjet to garment printing. Because of its potential with colour mixing, DTG printers can recreate gradients, colours and small details that the other techniques have trouble achieving.

This T-shirt printing method is ideal for printing complex designs and has got low setup costs which makes it the best fit for print on demand businesses.

Why is DTG a good printing method for Print On Demand Businesses?

DTG is a digital process, meaning it requires practically no set up – you’ll simply need the digital file from the customer and you’ll be able to print small batches or one-off, fully customised T-shirts.

This is how DTG printing works at Printsome

DTG Process

Although DTG is pretty straightforward, there’s more to the process than simply placing the T-shirt onto the machine!

Step 1: Create the design

DTG has been designed to print hyper-realistic images on fabrics, with no restrictions on colours or creativity.

Unlike other printing techniques, the design file doesn’t need to be saved as a vector. DTG printers can handle pixel-based images, providing they are high resolution.

When creating the design, remember:

  • Text must still be converted to outlines
  • Using images from the internet should be avoided, as they are usually low resolution images
  • The file must be saved in the highest possible quality, 300 dpi
  • The design must be saved in CMYK colour
  • DTG accepts almost all file formats, including AI, EPS, JPEG, TIFF, PCT, PDF, PNG, and PSD
Step 2: Pre-treat the T-shirt

This stage is particularly important if the design is being printed on to a dark t-shirt. The pre-treatment liquid makes it easier for the ink to attach to the fibres of the T-shirt. Once covered in the liquid, the T-shirt should be left to dry.

Step 3: Prepare the artwork

Using specialist software, such as ‘artwork creator’, the design is prepared for printing. Just like screen printing, if the design is being printed on to a dark T-shirt, an underbase layer of white ink must be created at this stage in the process.

Step 4: Load the T-shirt onto the DTG printer

This step will vary depending on to the specific printer being used. Advanced printers will feature a device to help stabilise the T-shirt during printing. With simpler models, you’ll need to create a flat, sturdy surface for printing.

Step 5: Print

This step really couldn’t be easier. Simply press ‘print’ and the printer will take care of all the hard work for you.

Step 6: Curating the T-shirt

The ink must now be cured to ensure it sets properly. This is usually done with a heat press – silicon paper is put between the T-shirt and the garment, before it is pressed for around 90 seconds.

DTG Pros and Cons

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The Pros
  • DTG offers almost unlimited colour options
  • The technique can be used to create photo-realistic prints and complex designs
  • Because it is printed directly into the fabric the feel of the garment is very soft in the end
  • The process requires minimal setup
  • All of the inks used for this technique are water-based, making them much more environmentally friendly
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The Cons
  • The placement of the design on the T-shirt is limited
  • DTG prints take longer to produce than other techniques
  • DTG printers are incredibly expensive (up to £5000 and more!) meaning a significant upfront investment is required
  • If you use an inferior quality textile printer, you risk low resolution, dot patterns

DTG Myths

DTG printing is not compatible with polyester

Although DTG is best suited for 100% cotton T-shirts and blends containing a high percentage of cotton, it does now (from 2019) also work with polyester fabrics. However, this is relatively new technology, which isn’t yet widely available.

While printing on white polyester T-shirts is relatively straight forward, printing on coloured polyester garments is slightly more challenging. For example, dye migration is common, where the polyester dye is released into the ink. This can be resolved using low-cure-temperature inks.

DTG printed T-shirts don’t wash as well as screen printed T-shirts

When it comes to both screen printed and DTG printed clothes, the key to successful washing is the pre-treatment and cure stages of the printing process. Because DTG printing is water-based, it must be compared with water-based screen printing technology, rather than dry printing.

The standard washing scale for water-based screen printed T-shirts and DTG printed T-shirts is 50 cycles. However, both typically last longer.

White ink clogs during DTG printing

If clogging occurs during the DTG printing process, it is caused by the maintenance of the printer and its environment, rather than the fact that the ink is a specific colour. If the printed is well maintained and used in a room with humidity of around 40%, there should not be any clogging issues when using white ink.

DTG printing examples by Printsome:

El Rubius – Manga (Spanish Youtuber)
Merch printed T-shirts for El Rubius, the biggest Spanish Youtuber who launched his e-commerce shop on Christmas 2019. The items were produced on-demand and drop-shipped by per unit basis.
Barcelona BusTuristic
DTG printed T-shirts for Barcelona’s Bus Turistic staff and tour guides. DTG was chosen because of the artwork complexities in terms of the number of colours and gradients.

These are the most frequent questions that Printsome receives about DTG Printing

How much does it cost to print a T-shirt with direct to garment printing?

To print a T-shirt with DTG costs £6 per print, plus the cost of the T-shirt itself.

How long does it take to print a T-shirt with direct to garment printing?

Printing with direct to garment printing typically takes us 3 – 5 business days, including UK delivery.

Which fabric is best for direct to garment printing?

DTG can be used on garments made from cotton, organic cotton, polyester, and polycotton. However, it’s important to note that some garments fix the prints better than others, regardless of the fabrics. Speak to our printing experts to find out more.

Again, if you’re personalising jackets or fleece jackets, embroidery is always recommended.


Find out more about DTG printing and the process involved here.


Transfer Printing – The Best Type Of T-shirt Printing For Any Fabric

About Transfer Printing

The term transfer printing is used to describe any type of printing technique where the design is printed on to a non-textile surface before being transferred onto the fabric using a different process.

Most transfer prints are done with a kind of vinyl, which is later sealed onto the T-shirt using a heat press.

But why not just print directly on to the T-shirt? There are a number of reasons, including commercial ones as well as the final look and feel of the product.

Transfer printing is ideal for printing for sports teams. Thanks to the quick set up and printing process, it is perfect for marking names and numbers of sports teams. It’s also a great option for simple designs where only a small number of units are required, making screen printing impractical.

Other benefits of transfer printing include:

  • Production times are significantly shorter than direct to garment printing.
  • Low reject rates
  • Certain effects and textures can only be produced with a transfer
  • It’s easier to print complex designs directly onto paper than fabric
  • A transfer can be done on virtually any fabric
  • Set-up costs are extremely low

Transfer Printing Process

There are a number of different types of transfer printing, all of which work in a different way. However, the one thing they have in common is the artwork requirements.

Colours – The transfer process works with Pantone colours, meaning these have to be carefully selected when working with the design software. Gradients and shades should be avoided.

Formats – The artwork must be saved in vectors, in ai, eps, and pdf formats, at 300 dpi. All paths must be converted to strokes and the artwork must be done in the true-to-life size of the final print.

Different types of Transfer Printing

There are many different types of transfer printing, including:

Transfer Printing Plastisol: Plastisol transfer printing involves screen designs that are printed onto a heat transfer paper, rather than the T-shirt itself. This type of heat transfer produces vibrant colours, however it can’t be used to print too many colours at once, usually no more than four. Most transfer printing techniques use Plastisol.

Another advantage of Plastisol is that it has a very soft feeling and can last almost as long as a screen print.

Transfer Printing Stretch Litho: Combining the best of digital and screen printing, litho is the latest and best T-shirt printing technology in the world.

Unlike CAD cut vinyl, a litho transfer doesn’t need to be cut. The technique takes its name from lithography because it works in a very similar way, printing from a flat surface treated to repel the ink, aside from the one that’s being used for printing.

Because it is printed on paper first, litho transfer retains the details of the artwork better than other techniques. Paper is a much smoother substrate than fabric, meaning that the dot of colour doesn’t expand as much when it touches the surface.

Transfer Printing CAD Cut Vinyl: CAD stands for computer-aided design. Unlike the other transfer printing methods, with CAD cut vinyl transfer printing, the design is cut by a computer rather than a person. This means that there is significantly less room for error in the process. However, it does limit the type of designs that can be created.

Once the design has been cut by the machine, any excess vinyl is removed by hand and the design is then sealed onto the t-shirt by applying heat.

Transfer Printing Sublimation: Sublimation printing uses a special kind of ink that turns into gas when it’s heated. The gas then becomes part of the polyester, rather than sitting on top of it, as in other types of printing.

This printing technique can create some really vivid, long-lasting images. However, it is limited due to the fact that it will only work on plastic and fabrics made from polyester.

Sublimation is particularly popular for all-over printing.

Transfer Printing Myths

There are a number of myths surrounding transfer printing.

Transfer prints look shiny and plasticky

While this isn’t totally false, it also isn’t completely true. In the past, many types of vinyl ended up looking cheap but today, vinyls are available with matte finishes. However, it’s never advisable to cover large parts of the garment in question with the vinyl as this makes it less flexible.

Transfer prints crack with time

Again, this isn’t always the case. It very much depends on the quality of the paper. There are plenty of good quality transfer printing papers around these days, including IronAll and SoftStretch. These are elastic and so help eliminate any issues with cracking.

Vinyl doesn’t work well with negative spaces

This certainly isn’t the case! When vinyl is cut to show the colour of the T-shirt as a background, it makes the design feel less stiff and plasticky.

Transfer printing examples by Printsome:

Transfer T-shirts for Foxy Clothing Brand. Transfer printing was chosen to preserve the digital look and the soft feel of the logo.
Promotional T-shirts for Because of the sharp edges of the logo and the limited quantity required, Transfer printing was the best option to go for.

These are the most frequent questions that Printsome receives about Transfer Printing

How much does it cost to print a T-shirt with Transfer Printing?

Transfer printing costs £6.00 per print, plus the cost of the garment.

How long does it take?

Transfer printing takes us 5 – 7 working days for UK orders.

What fabrics can be used for transfer printed garments?

Transfer printing can be done on any fabric, aside from fleece jackets and jackets, where embroidery is always recommended.

Cut & Sew – The 100% Personalisation Method

About Cut & Sew

With the types of T-shirt printing methods outlined above, T-shirts are ordered from a wholesale brand and are then printed with a specific design.

Cut and sew is a printing method where the fabric is printed before the garment is manufactured, rather than the other way round. This technique gives more creative control over the final product, opening up a whole world of possibilities and allowing brands to create truly customised T-shirts and other clothing.

Cut & Sew essentially allows you to build a T-shirt totally from scratch. This allows you to work without any of the usual constraints that result from printing on ready-made garments.

When is cut & sew used

The most common uses of the cut & sew technique are:

  • When print locations are on a non-conventional position, such as covering one side of the garment, or towards or over the seams.
  • When all-over-print is required as this is delivered at the best quality with cut & sew.
  • When detailed customisations are required, such as printing pockets or collars.

Pros and cons of cut & sew

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The Pros
  • Allows the creation of unique T-shirts and other garments
  • Cut and sew can work with virtually any fabric, as long as it is compatible with the chosen printing technique.
  • The technique is incredibly versatile and can be used to simply change the sleeve design, to add pockets to the T-shirt, or to apply an all-over design.
  • Works well with sublimation printing for a complete, all-over print
  • A great technique for large orders
  • Allows for the augmentation of existing garments
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The Cons
  • This technique isn’t suitable for small orders
  • Due to the labour intensive process, cut & sew T-shirts typically take longer to produce
  • Cut & sew is usually more expensive than buying and customising blank T-shirts as you don’t benefit from economies of scale

Cut & Sew examples by Printsome:

Personalised volumetric threads letters for I Want
I Want
Volumetric threads letters sewed on all over printed t-shirts for their clothing brand line.
Dan and Phil
Embroidered patch, afterwards sewed on sweatshirts for Phil and Dan’s merch store.

What else to consider when choosing the best printing method

The quality of the inks and even the brand can have a big influence on the final product. For example, the same design can be very different when printed on a T-shirt of the same colour but of different brands.

  1. Inks have to be specially made for T-shirt printing, the reason being that fabric is susceptible to liquids and moisture. Any ink that will easily wash away must be avoided at all costs.
  2. Printers have to be calibrated properly. This is the absolute responsibility of the printer, of course.
  3. The design will always look different on the garment than it does on your monitor, it doesn’t matter if it is the best printer in the world. This occurs simply because most fabrics are matte while your screen is backlit. Light sources change how material look by a lot.
  4. Dye-based VS Pigment Inks: The first is the standard ink type used in inkjet printers. They consist of colourant that is fully dissolved and suspended in a liquid. Meanwhile, the pigmented ink consists of a very fine powder of solid colourant particles suspended in a liquid carrier.

[Table] The best highlights of each type of printing technique

So, there you have it, a complete guide to the best types of printing on fabric for mass orders. Now we’ve carefully examined the details and the various T-shirt printing methods pros and cons, let’s take a quick look at the highlights of each printing method:

Screen PrintingDTG PrintingTransfer PrintingCut & Sew
Suitable for large orders

Costs per item gets reduced in relation with the quantites

Medium and large orders only if artworks are complex and with many colours

Except when design elements change per unit basis. As for sports unifoms

Ideal for larger orders

Suitable – Organic

Organic and eco-friendly garments and inks can be used

Organic and eco-friendly garments and inks can be used

Organic and eco-friendly garments and inks can be used

Organic and eco-friendly garments and inks can be used

Suitable for any fabric

Designs can be printed on any fabric

Best suited to cotton based garments. Polyester printing isn’t widely available

Designs can be printed on any fabric

Including fabrics different than cotton and polyster

High quality prints

Produces high quality prints

Produces high quality prints

Produces high quality prints

Produces high quality prints

Complex designs

Not suitable for complex or photo-realistic images


Can produce highly detailed designs and photo-realistic prints

Except for complex shapes

Can be used for complex designs, as well as all-over printing

Versatile design placement

The placement of the design is limited

The placement of the design is limited

The transfer can be applied virtually anywhere on the garment

Incredibly versatile, prints can be positioned accross seams or on details such as pockets and collars

Unlimited colors

Not cost effective when many colours are needed. However, if larger quantities are required the project meets cost effectiveness

Almost unlimited colour options. Shades and gradients towards artwork’s borders need to be avoided

Virtually any colour can be used, gradients and shading should be avoided

Almost any colour can be used

Durable prints

Screen printing inks are thick, so prints can keep their vibrancy for years

Not as durable as screen printing. But with special processing durability gets improved.

The design is sealed using a heat press, making it durable

An incredibly durable printing technique

Set up costs

Set up costs are based on the amount of colours. Which make it expensive for small quantities.

No set up costs so ideal for print on demand

Set up costs are extremely low

A labour intensive process, costs are high with no economies of scale

Minimum order quantities


Small runs can be costly, minimum quantities start from 25


Suitable for small batches, with minimum quantities starting from 20


Suitable for small batches, with minimum quantities starting from 20


Due to the nature of this method, there is a minimum of 500 items per order

Soft finish

Possible with special processing

Delivers a soft, high quality finish

The transfer is applied on to the fabric, so is not as soft as printing onto the fabric itself

Delivers a soft, high quality finish

(*)Under 1.000 units


Now we come to the key question – of the four different types of printing on fabric, which is the best printing technique?

All of the T-shirt printing methods discussed offer their own sets of advantages and disadvantages, and the best printing method for your project will depend upon a number of factors including your design and the size of your order.

Best technique for large-scale – The best technique for bulk printing is screen printing.

Best price-quality technique – The best technique for price vs. quality is screen printing.

Best technique for printing fast – The best technique for printing quickly is transfer printing.

For further information about garment printing techniques and customised T-shirt printing, please get in touch with our team of printing experts.

Bulk Printed T-shirts for Businesses in the UK

Thanks to +7 years of experience in the apparel-printing industry, we are able to offer a service catered towards the needs of business around the UK.

Printsome’s T-shirt printing services are not only perfect for agents in search of merch, but also for event agencies in search of event T-shirt printing solutions. We produce also personalised sportswearpersonalised workwear and all type of custom clothing for businesses in London and all around the UK.

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Harald is one of the founders of the Printsome-Insights blog! Previously, Senior Content Writer, with over five years experience writing about garment printing, he's now been whisked away into entertaining other audiences with his fabulous words. For over seven years he has been proofreading, blogging, copywriting newsletters/landing pages/social media + editing. Whilst also bringing Printsome brand to life with voice and soul. He is also well-versed in enforcing content styles and content strategies for B2B businesses.

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