A Guide To The Different Types Of T-Shirt Printing

Anyone with a pulse on businesses in Singapore knows that one of the most sought-after products to sell is t-shirts. One of the reasons why this is so is because t-shirts are the best method to start developing your brand and gaining a following, being inexpensive and straightforward to customise as they are. Here at Direct T-Shirt, we provide many types of printing services that differ from each other, making every shirt special.

Each printing method has a unique look and level of intricacy. With so many alternatives, how would you decide which kind of t-shirt printing to use?

Learn about the most common t-shirt printing methods in this artist. You’ll discover which t-shirt printing techniques are the most affordable and long-lasting, making your decision an easy one.

1. Embroidery

The easiest way to describe embroidery is that it is intricate needlework in which coloured threads are stitched onto a piece of fabric or object (in our example, a T-Shirt), forming a design or pattern.

Embroidered works are durable and can be washed up to a thousand times. Your T-shirts and other clothing will have a backing inside to hold these threads together firmly. Your needlework will remain in place for a long time as long as the support keeps the line bundled together.

2. Heat Transfer Printing

Heat transfer printing works in a variety of ways. It can be utilised much like the much-discussed heat press technique. The vinyl material you printed with the design on the shirt can also be adhered to using a heat press. Each transfer must be set up before being heat-pressed to the shirt, which takes some time.

You’ll get designs of good calibre, and if you’d want, you can use a sophisticated image like a picture for your t-shirt. But, compared to many other methods, this method does require more time. Because of this, experts rarely use it as a method. Moreover, it gives the material on top a certain stiff feeling, which is not the most comfortable. Finally, one factor to consider is that only white or lighter-coloured shirts will display the designs as well as you may desire.

3. Sublimation Printing 

Sublimation printing has the advantage of being able to print delicate and permanent designs on synthetic materials. The dye adheres to the cloth in a specific manner that gives the impression that it is breathable rather than leaving a thick coating. This also means that sublimation designs won’t peel or fracture.

4. Direct-To-Garment Printing

Direct-to-garment printing is a type of printing that is better known as DTG or, alternatively, direct-to-fabric (DTF) printing. This method does precisely what it says: it uses a dedicated printer that prints a layer of thin ink straight onto the fabric!

There are many advantages of DTG. You can construct any design that can be printed on paper with ease. You can use various colours, make intricate patterns, or even include images. The design feels soft to the touch rather than producing a rigid layer on top of the fabric since the ink partially soaks into the shirt’s fabric. Another benefit of this approach is the ability to quickly fire off one design after another without requiring a complicated setup.

However, even though DTG designs are beautiful, unlike certain other types of plans, they are not durable over time. There is a high chance that they’ll crackle and fade over time. To prevent this, here is a list of materials that should be used for printing to prolong the design of the T-shirt.


At Direct Shirt, we offer all these printing services and more to satisfy our client’s needs. With us, you’ll receive the advantages of personalised attention, years of experience in the industry, and all the tools you’ll need to create a gorgeous printed t-shirt. Contact us for more information about our services today!

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