Which T-Shirt Printing Method is Right for You? Screen Printing? Heat Transfer?Direct-To-Garment?

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.

Screen Printing

Pros:

Cost effective for large batches.
Volume discounts.

Cons:
Not cost effective for multiple colors.
Can only print simple images and designs.

Heat Transfer

Pros:
You can “print” each shirt on demand.

Cons:
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.

Direct-To-Garment (DTG)

Pros:
Unlimited color options.
High detail accuracy in printed design.
Great for small orders or one-offs.
No set-up costs.

Cons:
Not cost effective for large production runs.
Generally no volume discounts.