There are five ways to design a kid’s t shirt. The methods are heat transfer, DTG printing, embroidery, screen printing, and painting.
A DTG printer is an ink-jet printer that is designed specifically for t shirts. The printer is more expensive because it uses special inks for different fabrics. Images are transferred from the computer to cotton-blend or cotton fabrics. Every design that the machine prints is high quality. A standard DTG printer, however, cannot print on dark garments. A DTG printer that has dark printing capability is required.
There are two heat transfer design methods. One method involves using an inkjet printer and a computer to print images on special transfer paper. The image is then transferred to a t shirt using a heat press.
The second method requires a dye-sublimation printer. The printer has features that are similar to an inkjet printer, but it costs a lot more.
Embroidery is not a printing technique because designers use colored threads, which are woven into the garment. Unique lettering and designs are possible if different yarns and threads are used.
One-needle, multi-needle, and tabletop embroidery machines are inexpensive. Overall, embroidery is not as efficient as other printing methods, but it provides high-quality results.
Screen printing is a traditional way to make designer tees for kids. During a printing project, a designer stretches a shirt over a frame. Next, a stencil is made from a screen-like material, which goes over the garment. Then, ink is pushed through the screen to create an image on the shirt. Designers repeat this process for each color that is required for a design.
Design Your Own Shirt By Painting
Fabric paints and puffy paints are the best paints for t shirt designs. Other tools and items are also required, such as cardboard, a paintbrush, and newspaper.
Apply the newspaper around the work area so that clean up will be easier. The cardboard goes inside the garment to prevent paint bleeding.
When painting, only use one color at a time. To avoid major mistakes, use a pencil to sketch out the design before painting.
Each of these design methods are used by casual and professional t shirt designers. If designing seems too complicated, consider buying a tee from a custom t shirts Toronto business.
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