Howdy Shirt – Choose the Right Printing Method


Meet your neighbor the Western way with this Howdy Shirt from Bella Canvas ultra-soft fabric! It is designed in an oversized fit and features Western charm. A must-have summer is essential!

The “Breathable Howdy Long Sleeve For Every Style” is ideal for anyone who appreciates comfort with approachable fashion. With its timeless design and iconic “Howdy” print, it adds an irresistibly charming element to their ensemble.

T-shirt printing

When it comes to t-shirt printing, there are various methods available – screen printing, heat transfer printing, and dye-sublimation are just three examples – that you may consider. Utilizing the best technique will ensure your t-shirts look their best while lasting longer. Traditionally speaking, these methods work better when ordering multiple copies simultaneously, but if you require just a few shirts printed at once, it may be wiser to opt for direct-to-garment (DTG) printing instead.

This printing method employs special ink to produce vibrant and long-lasting prints that withstand multiple washes, making it a good option for smaller businesses that want to reduce their environmental impact. Unfortunately, due to higher setup costs, this printing option can be more costly than others.

Stenciling is another popular technique, using either hand-cut or photo-cut vinyl appliques to apply designs to clothing. Similar to using an iron, stenciling requires more skill and patience compared to using ironing alone. You first must prepare the vinyl by centering it on its carrier sheet and reading its instructions carefully; next, you must “weed” away excess vinyl around its edges by carefully cutting away extra material – this process must be performed carefully as any thin film layers left behind will show through in your finished t-shirt!

Alternative Printmaking Methods Plotters provide another viable method for cutting designs from sheets of vinyl. This option works well for small runs of one or multiple colors and works well with cotton, polyester, and blended fabrics; however, it cannot be used on dark shirts due to the ink used being predominantly plastisol-based.

No matter which method you employ, it is always advisable to test your designs on a white t-shirt before ordering their final version. This allows you to see how colors interact with one another and how the garment wears and washes; plus, it gives an estimate of the cost of purchasing it.

Screen printing

Screen printing is an ink application method for duplicating images or designs onto surfaces such as fabric, paper, metal, wood, or plastic using stencils to apply ink where needed precisely. While the process requires more labor than online print-on-demand services like T-shirt shops do, screen printing yields superior designs with greater longevity over time and allows multiple colors – something digital printing cannot accommodate.

Screen printing is an ideal choice for artists seeking to make an impression, as many famous pop artists have utilized this unique printing technique in their masterpieces. Here is an introduction to this fascinating method of producing art:

Screen printing begins by drawing your desired design on tracing paper. Complex shapes should be made simpler, while thin lines should be avoided as these may obstruct ink flow through these areas. Once complete, your artwork can be transferred onto the screen printing apparatus for printing.

Next, the screen is coated with photosensitive emulsion. A thin layer is spread across its mesh before carefully positioning a stencil on top. Next, it is exposed to high-intensity light for a set amount of time – this allows stencil-covered areas of screen mesh to harden while the remaining soft emulsion remains washable – then washed thoroughly to remove uncured emulsion and reveal its stencil image.

Once the emulsion has been removed from a screen, it can be used for printing. Ink should be added to the top of the screen before being applied through open areas of a stencil and pressurized with a squeegee over the material being printed – producing desired designs on products being produced by this method.

If the product requires multiple colors, the stencils must be reapplied for each. When choosing colors for printing on clothing or fabric, opacity considerations should also be considered, and ink that can withstand multiple washings without fading must also be selected.

Direct-to-garment printing

Direct-to-garment printing (DTG) employs an inkjet printer modified with water-based inks to apply water-based inks directly onto fabrics, creating an extremely flexible printing method suitable for short-run high-definition productions and multiple textile materials such as cotton and polyester fabrics. DTG printing offers cost-effective custom clothing solutions that require little setup time or minimum order quantities, making it the ideal option for businesses that provide their customers with high-quality apparel at minimal costs.

DTG printing begins when your client sends you a vector or raster file, which will then be checked for compression artifacts and color-profiled by a production artist to ensure an image prints correctly while remaining true to its source image. Once these corrections have been made, these files can then be printed onto apparel.

Once the ink has been applied to the fabric, it is cured using either a heat press or tunnel dryer and left to set before fixing with either heat press or tunnel dryer. This process creates a long-term print that won’t fade over time; however, certain factors must be kept in mind: for instance, if your design contains transparency elements that require transparency filters to appear authentic – this is due to DTG printers only printing in CMYK color space (not including neon hues).

To avoid this issue, try substituting halftone gradients or solids for transparent elements in your design. Furthermore, keep in mind that dye-sublimation offers a more flexible color range than DTG; thus, it may be more suited for printing darker fabrics or all-over designs.

If you’re considering DTG printing for your business, be sure to ask the DTG provider what formats they accept, as well as their maximum print area and resolution. Also, inquire as to the pre-treatment process – some use heated compressive methods on garments to flatten fibers in preparation for an accurate print job. For example, Gelato provides POD services globally in 32 countries for local DTG t-shirt production locally on demand for creators and online sellers, helping reduce both costs and carbon emissions at scale.


Dye-sublimation is a digital printing technique that utilizes heat to change solid dyes into gasses that then transfer onto fabric or hard substrate surfaces, producing vibrant prints without peeling or cracking over time. The technique works particularly well when printing photos in HD.

Digital printing was once thought to be costly and intimidating, but nowadays, it has become a widely utilized technique for adding graphics to clothing, snowboards, chairs, fabrics, and promotional products. Digital printing is increasingly replacing traditional screen printing for shorter production runs with multiple colors or photographic imagery that require dye-sublimation printers, small home printers, and large factory equipment; it is essential to consult a professional when choosing equipment that best meets your needs.

Sublimation printing uses heat from a printer to cause ink molecules to vaporize and bond permanently with polyester molecules, producing permanent physical forms that won’t fade or wash off with repeated washings. Sublimated prints are durable enough for outdoor wear as well as multiple washings without losing their impactful designs.

Dye-sublimation offers numerous environmental advantages over traditional printing processes. Not requiring solvents for operation makes this environmentally friendly process ideal for use on soft signage such as T-shirts, flags, and banners – waterproofing makes smudging nearly impossible, making this method an excellent option for faint signs like banners. Furthermore, unlike an inkjet printer, it allows full-color images that do not bleed.

Dye sublimation can be used to produce many fabrics and rigid materials, with polyester being particularly adept. Polyester features a special polymer coating that allows dyes to adhere securely, making it a suitable material for apparel, flags, tablecloths, and mouse pads. Furthermore, this method also works well on rigid materials like metal nameplates, plaques, and badges – as well as being cost-effective enough for trade show displays that need frequent reprints.