17 Nov 2022
Printing a personalised t-shirt in Singapore is a popular way to showcase unique artwork and express one’s personal style. While the end product is what most people are eagerly anticipating, it’s just as important to understand the printing processes that are carried out so your end product is optimised and just as you’ve envisioned it to be. There are two popular printing methods that are commonly used today — digital heat transfer and vinyl printing, each with its own variations to suit different printing requirements. If you’re looking to get your t-shirt printed, here’s a quick guide between the two to help you make a more informed decision.
Digital Heat Transfer Printing
Essentially, digital heat transfer is similar to printing a photograph or a full-coloured design onto a shirt. A high-resolution image is processed and created digitally using software, after which, a “print and cut” machine is used to apply ink onto a special heat transfer film and cut the contours of the design. A manual weeding process to remove excess vinyl films is also required, and is usually done with special weeding tools or with hands. Once the design has been extracted, it is then transferred onto the shirt with a heat press machine. Digital heat transfer is a slick and smooth printing method as the finishing results are smooth and the bleeding line is hardly visible for the most part. This is a great option if you want a personalised t-shirt in Singapore with designs that blend right into it.
One of the biggest features of digital heat transfer printing is its versatility — it can be used to print designs on various materials, from t-shirts to your custom company shirt in Singapore. It is also cost effective for small quantities with multiple-colour designs, and can also be used to print gradient effects and unlimited colours.
For all its benefits, digital heat transfer printed designs may not last as long as vinyl printed designs. Their colours fade over time, and they tend to get a little pricier as the scale of the design increases (think A3 and A4).
Source: T Shirt Guys
Vinyl printing also utilises a heat press machine to print, however, that’s mostly where the differences between the two end. When it comes to vinyl printing, a unique vinyl paper is used to print designs instead. In this case, the design is cut and weeded into coloured vinyl, which is then placed onto the shirt, using heat to transfer the image onto the fabric. Vinyl printing is a popular choice for those looking to print in bulk and with individual names and numbers, commonly found on class t-shirts or custom company shirts in Singapore.
Vinyl printed designs are longer lasting than digital heat transfer printed counterparts, and are also more natural looking depending on the fabric of the apparel. Vinyl finishes can accommodate custom variations besides matte, including glitter and flock.
However, with vinyl printing, the designs may also peel off despite its durability. Fabrics with vinyl printed designs are also not advised to be lumped into the washing machine; instead, hand wash them. Additionally, vinyl prints can only be done with a single colour, making it difficult if you want your personalised t-shirt in Singapore to come with complex designs.
Here at Express Printing, we provide a wide variety of printing methods, as well as a team of professionals to walk you through each printing process to help you find one that suits your requirements. For more information about our services, please visit our website.