Screen Printing Tshirts is the best, but what kind of print on demand processes have similar quality?
July 14, 2010 6:26 PM Subscribe
How much variability is there in different Print on Demand t-shirt printing methods? (eg Direct to Garment vs Heat Transfer vs ???) Do they all suck compared to real silk screen printing?
posted by mhh5 to clothing, beauty, & fashion (6 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I've been screen printing some logo tshirts in a "batch process" -- with a minimum order of 12 shirts which requires me to figure out what shirt size distributions I'll sell, etc, etc. I'm looking at "print on demand" tshirt vendors, but I'm confused by the methods that different printers use. I printed one shirt with uberprints and was not satisfied with the quality of the print. The uberprint shirt I had made used a "digital printing" process -- and I didn't like how it created a rectangular area of printed material even though my logo isn't rectangular.
I'm not sure if I've made a mistake by uploading a non-transparent image, so that my logo had to print as a big rectangle with a black background on a black shirt... Or is the printed "black background" of my logo an inherent drawback of all "print on demand" technologies -- which seem like some kind of iron-on transfer (from a printed sheet) to me.
I guess my basic question is: Is there any print on demand tshirt process that has a quality that is any where close to batch screen printing for images with empty spaces in them?