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The process of t shirt printing

The process of T shirt printing

T-shirt printing has become quite popular. Often the process is used to place a logo, a design or a picture on a regular T-shirt. It may be done to add individuality to an article of clothing, for the purpose of promoting a brand name or for making a profit if you are selling T-shirts with original designs. The latter means that printing must be carried out properly to ensure that the end product is of a certain quality. Yet, regardless of why you may choose to print your own T-shirts, learning the correct method will make it less likely that you will make many mistakes once you are ready to try doing it yourself. You can have a lot of fun doing this fairly easy task, the hardest part will be coming up with your own designs if you are going this route.

Printing on a regular Tshirt

To do this you will need a few things, mind you not that much. You must have a working computer and a program that allows you to do regular designs using an image editor or illustrator. A few of the more popular ones include CorelXara, PaintshopPro and  Ulead Photoimpact  all made specifically for Windows O/S. Once you have a program that is able to capture your designs ( you may opt to use a graphic tablet if this is available for more precise drawings) then you will be able to bring any thing you have conceptualized to life. If you will be printing a photo on your T-shirt, then a photo editor will suffice, CS4 and the Gimp are both very good options. Next you will need heat transfer paper and a competent printer that will capture the colours of your design impeccably. Finally a white T-shirt or any other colour (preferably cotton) can be used to create your prints.

Starting and Completing the Process

  • To begin draw your design using the chosen editor. This may take some time and is usually the longest part of the process. While creating your design be careful to choose colours that will stand out on your T-shirt especially if you are not using the basic white commonly worn. You will need to take into consideration that the graphic must not merely look good on your computer but also visible and near spectacular on the soon to be printed T-shirt. Thus if you are using text choose bold colours that are set to full opacity in the text selection area. If you are using a photo simply choose a photograph that is vivid enough to be seen on the T-shirt. Edit the photo to adjust contrast and brightness among other things that will improve the picture’s visibility on the T-shirt.
  • Create a mirror image of the design or photo. This can be done using any of the graphic programs listed above.
  • Print the modified mirror image on the heat transfer paper. Allow to dry before you touch it as this may cause it to smudge.
  • Place the paper carefully on the area of the T-shirt you have designated for the image or design. This may be on the front or back.
  • Iron the heat transfer paper running the iron all over it to ensure even transfer.
  • Slowly peel away the paper and inspect your design.
  • That’s it you’re done.
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