Types of Printing We Do
All custom printing is not equally the same and it’s essential to know the difference between the types of printing that are available. It would help you to properly choose the process that will work best for you. Here in Inksterprints, we offer 4 different types of T-Shirt printing at our South Philadelphia location that differs depending on your custom printing needs. We can guarantee you that you will have high quality, professionally finished products that are perfect for events, group outings, teams and just for fun!
Light Direct to Garment Printing (Light DTG)
Direct to Garment Printing is a way for us to print your designs, logos, and images directly on to a custom t-shirt or custom clothing absolutely the same way you would print out something on your paper printer. DTG printing is one of the best custom t-shirt printing mechanics that we use here in Inksterprints. By making use of a specialized ink printer, we will run your t-shirts through the machine and print directly on to the shirt, which creates custom t-shirts with a smooth image that won’t peel or crack over time.
Light DTG is the correct option for light colored garments that do not require white ink. Colors such as white, grey, light blue or light pink are great for Light DTG printing and very inexpensive with no minimum order. Light DTG printing is recommended for kid size t-shirts run and t-shirts with complex designs with multiple colors.
Dark Direct to Garment Printing (Dark DTG)
Dark DTG printing is used when you need custom printing on a darker colored garment that requires a white ink under base for your design to be revealed. The white ink under base is printed first. Then the color is printed on top of that ink to make it stand out on the custom t-shirt or garment.
This method is usually twice as expensive than Light DTG and takes 5 times longer to print. Dark colors such as black, navy, red and green usually need a white ink under base. Dark DTG printing has no minimum order, but if you do have a large amount of shirts needed, Screen printing is recommended.
Screen printing employs a thick layer of ink that is pressed through a stencil and directly on to the garment or t-shirt. It is considered the more traditional approach to custom t-shirt printing. By applying this printing process, your design will appear slightly raised off of the surface of the t-shirt, unlike DTG, that looks like, it were directly printed on the garment.
Screen printing is trendy for simpler designs that do not use a lot of color which makes it perfect for large batches. Artwork must be in vector format and is limited to 8 maximum colors on the t-shirt. To apply Screen printing methods, Inksterprints require a minimum order of 20 pieces because there is heavy setup involved. We do not charge any setup fees.
Screened Heat Transfer
Have you ever thought about adding your name or a number to the back of your basketball t-shirt? Here in Inksterprints, we offer screened heat transfers including our custom printing.
Screened heat transfer is not considered a true printing method. But it is still great for customizing names and numbers, jersey-style, on mesh or poly-based materials. The transfers are done by the use of plastisol ink and then heated directly onto the garment.