Posted on July 21 2019
Comprehensive Guide on selecting best customised tee shirt print
Throughout the journey as a small business or customized T-shirt company, we have had many encounters with various students from different kind of institutes: be it engineering, medical, commerce, management or any other. For a student involved in any kind of event management task, it's a matter of pride and immense satisfaction if he/she gets it done was perfect, and getting a best-customized T-shirt to fulfill their needs is no different.
There are tons of online & offline t-shirt store which provide customized t-shirts, sweatshirts etc. But none of them guide or provide details about how to select a perfect combination for your customized printed t-shirt.
Many a time or I would say most of the times students consider few handy or easy-to-go terms as a quality parameter to judge a product/T-shirt, 'GSM' is one such term for fabric and 'rubber print' for printing quality respectively.
From the days when we started our journey or when we were trying to get a customized T-shirt,
We also used these terms predominantly but after starting 'bluehaaat' we realised what mistakes we had been doing all along.
There are few basic factors which determine the quality of a fabric :-
- GSM-grams per square meter defines thickness or of fabric.
- Cotton type/type- Ringspun > Combed > Carded
- Color fastness -Stability of color under different conditions like washing, drying, sweating.
When it comes to printing, there are also many types of printing that we use for printing T-shirts but there are few that are predominantly used in industry.
Plastisol/ Vinyl Printing
traditional/classic rubber print
- long lasting, superb texture
- not suitable for the large or big print area,
- not eco-friendly may develop after sometimes or on constant exposure to sunlight
Water-based rubber print
contemporary rubber print, Though they don't look exactly like rubber that in the case of plastisol but they are next-gen rubber prints with many benefits.
- good for the large print area, eco friendly, can be ironed directly
- slightly dull as compare to plastisol, may damage on scrubbing.
Discharge print is little complex types of print which are used to achieve results that previous two prints couldn't give.Discharge print is generally used to print colors with no texture or smooth feet. Discharge print uses a discharging agent to cut-out or removes the color of the fabric on which design is to be printed with anionic or cat-ionic charge coloring agent.
This type of print is best suitable for large print areas and often AOP (All over print) T-shirts.
These three are major prints that are used in customized tees for college, event or corporate world.
Apart from them, there are many fancy, stylish prints that are used in the fashion world like foam print, foil print, embroidery etc.
In our following articles we will give more insights on how to select best fabric and print for your Tshirt.