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T-shirt printing techniques - which is best?

Published 19 November 2018

The best and most durable promotional clothing with imprint? It's hard to give a straight answer to this question. However, one thing is sure, it's all about the same effect - the print must be durable and withstand each successive wash.

In the age of different textile printing techniques - it can be hard to quickly find one that suits our needs perfectly. But hey - that's probably why you're reading our post right now, in which we take a look at the most durable printing techniques.

Screen printing - the leader in durability of t-shirt printing

We have already written about this longest standing traditional technique in our previous post. Popular silkscreen printing is undoubtedly the most common and frequently chosen method of inkjet printing on various types of textiles. With screen printing we can cover surfaces such as: polyester and cotton materials, as well as glass, paper, ceramics and wood. An additional advantage is the whole palette of obtaining unusual effects. What do we mean by this? Are you dreaming of a neon, silver or gold print? Screen printing easily fulfils such dreams. However, this most durable method requires one project for the whole print run and is not suitable for marking on fleece.


Properly implemented printing with this method using good quality foil, appropriate temperature and welding time, should be a guarantee of resistance to damage and washing. Costs of production of shirts using the thermo-transfer are relatively low, which is why it is recommended for low-volume projects.


Do you want an exact reproduction of your graphic design on a t-shirt? Voila - you couldn't have found a better place. For which projects do we use sublimation? For example, when printing photos on fabrics. A print made using this method is known for its durability, flexibility and good colour reproduction. The disadvantage is certainly the limitation when it comes to the choice of material. In this case, put aside your dreams about cotton T-shirts and opt for polyester or a material with its admixture. As for colour, very light colours work best here.

DTG - digital printing

Here the situation is simpler - the pattern in the form of raster graphics is applied to the chosen textiles using a digital printer. A design applied with DTG printing will certainly be perfectly rendered, in full colour, and the tonal gradations will be preserved.

However, we must remember that it is not just about choosing the right printing method, but also about the quality of the carrier. T-shirt, sweatshirt or other surface has to be of good-quality - otherwise even screen printing won't help and the graphic will get damaged, split or fade. What should you pay attention to? Mainly the grammage. Sometimes it's best to do some empirical research, look in your wardrobe and compare your favourite T-shirts.

Printing Season specialises in the most durable technique, i.e. screen printing - if you have any further questions about the methods of labelling promotional clothing, please feel free to contact us directly. We will be happy to answer all your questions.

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