When my manager suggested ‘The advantages and disadvantages of printing personalised T-shirts’ as a post for the blog, the first thing I said was ‘We already wrote about that.’
I mean, we must have. Right? And then I started going through the over 400 posts we’ve published through the years and my eyes kept getting wider and wider until I finally had to, begrudgingly, come to terms with the fact that no — we had not written about the benefits and disadvantages of T-shirt printing.
We’ve talked about the different printing techniques and what each one offers and doesn’t — but we hadn’t talked about the benefits and disadvantages of printing T-shirts as a whole.
Worry not, I’m here to make amends. As they say, it’s always better late than never.
THE BENEFITS AND DISADVANTAGES OF PRINTING PERSONALISED T-SHIRTS
T-shirts are popular
When you print a T-shirt, you’re producing an item that virtually anyone can wear. When it comes to tees, people may like or dislike the design but not the garment itself. You may hear people arguing that they don’t enjoy wearing jumpers, maybe even trousers, but never a T-shirt.
They work great as a promotional material
It is no wonder that almost every company and/or brand has an official T-shirt with their logo on it. These garments outlast any other printed material and can take your message to an audience that you wouldn’t have access to otherwise.
If you want to learn more about promotional T-shirts, check out ‘How to design an authentic promotional T-shirt’
While different techniques have different requisites, in general, printing T-shirts is a straightforward process. All you need is a design, a T-shirt and a printing technique.
They make great giveaways
Following up with our first tip, T-shirts make great giveaway and gifts because most people can and will wear them.
Allows you to be creative
T-shirts are very versatile garments, allowing you to modify them in pretty much any way your mind can think of. Not only do they make great canvases for prints, but they can also be easily modified by cutting or even adding material.
It’s not environmentally friendly
Even though some companies are taking measures to battle it, the clothing industry it’s still one of the most polluting in the world. Even if you decide to print your own garments at home, there’s no guarantee that the T-shirt you’re using as a base was manufactured in an environmentally friendly way.
It’s not going to last forever
Yes, it may sound like I’m contradicting myself a little bit here but bear with me. Unfortunately, there’s no print that will last forever. There are printing techniques of high quality that ensure a long-lasting design, but even those will eventually fade.
It doesn’t reach a wide audience
This mostly refers to when using a T-shirt as a promotional material. Unlike the internet, which can reach a global audience in a matter of seconds, tees will only impact those that are in visual range. Some would argue that you could upload the picture of a T-shirt to the web, and it would be correct, but the chances of it reaching a substantial amount of views without paid advertisement are slim.
Requires planning and organisation
Like we mentioned, T-shirt printing is a straightforward process but that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t require planning. Especially when it comes to printing in bulk, printing requires an organised production. Garments have to be ordered, suppliers must be contacted and the design has to be prepared.
It’s hard to stand out from the crowd
Depending on your ultimate goal, you may find it difficult for your T-shirt to stand out among the millions and millions of others that are out there. Thanks to online printing services, anyone and their mother can print T-shirts — and cheaply, too! If you’re trying to convey a message or make people notice your brand, it’s not going to be easy.
If you enjoyed this article then you might also enjoy reading:
- 7 tips on how to take care of your printed garments
- What you need to know to understand the T-shirt sizing mess
- How to find the best T-shirt printing company: The checklist
Printsome is a T-shirt printing agency based in London that delivers all across the UK, from printing T-shirts in Brighton to York and anywhere in between. So, if you’re after a T-shirt or custom clothing, get in touch for a quote and indulge yourself in some awesome customer service.