Welcome, here is a quick guide by BoomBaby
to help when is comes to choosing which T-shirt and garment printing techniques are best for your needs, whether you are looking to have a small run of T-shirts printed for a lads holiday, stag do or hen party or you are a large business wishing to have workwear or promotional garments printed, or maybe you just want a personalised
one off T-shirt as a gift to a friend or loved one.
Cad Cut Vinyl
Cad cut vinyl is very durable and a great option for one off T-shirt printing or small runs of customised or personalised t-shirts, polo shirts, sweaters and hoodies. For this reason it is ideal for sports teams, promotional clothing, stag and hen party clothing requiring names, numbers, simple text and logos. The process involves designs and logos being cut from special vinyl material using specialist-cutting machines; they are then applied to the garment using a heat transfer process where the t-shirt is pressed using high temperature and an even amount of pressure under a heatpress. Cad cut vinyl printing can be printed onto both light and dark coloured garments.
Screen printing is great for large orders of the same design. It is ideal for fine detailed artwork with multiple colours and is almost as durable as cut vinyl. Designs are printed onto the garment using plasticol inks, which are then cured with extreme heat using a flash dryer and heat tunnel. The screen-printing process requires each colour of the design to be printed separately using its own unique screen. Each screen is subject to a set up fee so if a design has four colours then four different screens will need to be set up. This means that whilst the cost of printing each garment is cheap, it is often offset by the cost of setting up the screens.
Heat Transfer Printing
Heat transfer printing is an excellent choice for either custom one offs or larger, full colour orders. Often used for promotional products such as advertising, hen nights, stag dos, lads and girly holidays and promotional events.
The process of heat transfer printing begins with the printing of a design, which can be as simple as a single colour print, or as complex as a full colour image, the image is printed onto a special transfer papers. Once the design has been printed, it is applied to the garment using a heatpress much the same as Cad cut vinyl. Although the quality produced is of a high standard it would not normally be up to the standards expected by retail customers who are used to the finish and feel of screen printing.
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