Sebastian Bleak discusses digital print methods available like DTG and image transfers. He also explains common print sizes and t-shirt fabrics for direct to garment and transfers.
- [Instructor] Direct to garment and image transfers. There are digital print methods that allow you to have full use of colors and gradients with no setup fees. DTG is a printhead that prints directly onto your T-shirt, and image transfer is similar to the sheets you buy at the local pharmacy or craft store. But if you have it done by a printer, it will be a much higher quality. Here are some things to keep in mind regarding the shirts. For DTG, 100% cotton is best, but some poly-cotton blends will work. The higher amount of natural fibers available in the shirt, the more vibrant your print will be.
However, for image transfers, just the opposite is true. The smoother the threads like polyesters and nylons, the smoother the transfer will be. And image transfers don't work well on dark fabrics for the most part. Light or white colors are best. Common print sizes for both are going to be eight by 10 landscape and portrait, but you could go up to 11 by 17 and larger for specialty prints. Digital printing is great for any size order, and you get the freedom to create with less limitations.
- Choosing materials to print on
- Vectors vs. pixels
- Choosing a printing method
- Online t-shirt printing options
- Designing the shirt
- Production challenges
- Location and size of design
- How your budget affects your methods
- Specialty colors and inks for screen prints