by Anthony Clark
Most of you might be familiar with the basic cotton t-shirt that is often used for t-shirt designs. When you think of buying t-shirts for printing on, the basic cotton t-shirt often comes to mind. Numerous options have hit the t-shirt design market so that you are no longer limited to just the basic tee.
It is possible to find other t-shirts or garments that are softer, more eco-friendly, and performance fabrics that are perfect for screen or heat transfer printing.
While you can choose the perfect t-shirt based on the material, it is just as important to consider the weight and thread count of the fabric. Heavy t-shirt fabrics are rigid and made to last. T-shirts that have a higher thread count are also soft. These t-shirts are better for printing as the material is more tightly woven. A useful check also is to see whether the t-shirt you are considering has been shrunk previously.
Ask for a sample of the t-shirt you want. Although you may have seen pictures of the shirt online or in the t-shirt catalog, it does not hurt to ask to see a t-shirt sample from the supplier. You can then examine the weight, texture, and fit of the t-shirt.
Test print the shirt. To be sure that the new t-shirts will do well with your inks, heat press, and cutting tools, it is necessary to test your printing on a sample t-shirt. If all goes well, you are good to go. If not, you will need to select another type of t-shirt.
Try out your printed t-shirt. Wear the shirt after you have printed on it to test how it holds up to normal pressure. Wash it as well to check whether the color will run or fade after a few washes.
Testing your t-shirts before you commit is a great way to identify the t-shirt that will become the number one shirt for your business. You must feel comfortable and confident about your ultimate choice, so it is well worth it to carefully examine and test your t-shirt options beforehand.
About Anthony Clark
Since as a little kid, Anthony Clark had passion about digital drawing and printing. He would just walk around in his parents' house in Phoenix, Arizona drawing just about anything on his older Samsung tablet; whether just a memory collection or a portay of a simple object. He received his BA in Graphic Design at San Jose State Universiry at the heart of Silicon Valley. Now Mr. Clark is excited to present the art of printing and drawing to his audience.