In this day in age, there are three popular methods for printing onto t-shirts. Each method has its pros and cons, and will partially depend on how much time you want to invest into the product creation, as well as the printing partner you choose.
Below, I have outlined all three print methods to give you a better understanding of each process.
Cost effective for large batches.
Not cost effective for multiple colors.
Can only print simple images and designs.
You can “print” each shirt on demand.
Lower quality and less durable than direct-to-garment and screen printing.
Large upfront investment into a heat press machine (Few hundred dollars to a few thousand dollars).
Do-it-yourself approach means additional time input from yourself.
Unlimited color options.
High detail accuracy in printed design.
Great for small orders or one-offs.
No set-up costs.
Not cost effective for large production runs.
Generally no volume discounts.