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You will find that there are many jargon in T Shirt printing industry. Without the basic knowledge of this terms, you may not able to find the best and cost-effective way to print your t-shirt

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I have helped you to gather 3 common T Shirt printing method in Malaysia. Here it goes:

#1 Silkscreen Printing

Silkscreen printing or screen printing is the most common and economical way for bulk order. The larger order quantity, the cheaper printing cost

Silkscreen T-Shirt Printing
T Shirt Silkscreen Printing

Silkscreen printing is a stenciling method. The ink is printed on the t-shirt through a stencil that covered by a fabric mesh.

You can also imagine the concept of cake baking. The baker will use the ready made mold to make hundreds cake with same pattern. This is the reason of why it is bulk order friendly

Silkscreen Printing Stencil
Stencil of Silkscreen Printing

However, silkscreen printing is not suitable for small order. Imagine that if you are the baker who put a lot of time to make the unique mold, will you just use it to make one piece of cake and sell it in a cheap price?

The answer is definitely “NO”. It is the same concept applied to fabric printing industry.

Silkscreen printing is also good for solid color image. Fortunately, most of the bulk order will prefer simple, clean and solid design.

If you are looking to print a photo on the T shirt, silkscreen printing is less desirable. You will need an experienced artist to separate the photo into 4 color stencil. It is time consuming, complicated and high risk

#2 Heat Transfer T Shirt Printing

Heat transfer printing, or also knows as “Heat Press Printing” is a technique that print the desired image or photo to a transfer paper. Then, use the high pressure iron transfer the image from the paper onto the shirt.

Transfer printing is relatively small order friendly compare to silkscreen printing. This is because it take less preparation time and easier to print

Heat Transfer Tshirt Printing

Besides that, heat transfer printing also suitable to print photo on the shirt. The photo prints can be transferred in full color.

However, heat transfer is not bulk order friendly. The cost will not reduce significantly when the order quantity increased

#3 Direct-To-Garment (DTG)

Direct-To-Garment (DTG) is a printing method that utilize specialized aqueous inkjet on textiles.

Direct-To-Garment (DTG) T-shirt Printing

Normally, the vendors who provide DTG printing can help you print instantly. Therefore, DTG is also relatively small order friendly.

You can use Photoshop to create your artwork because DTG do not require a vector format artwork.

However, DTG is not suitable for Microfiber or Dri-fit shirt. So, you can only apply DTG with cotton fabric.

Dark color background shirt will require to apply a “under base layer”. Sometimes, the under base layer can leave obvious staining. You will never know when this will happen until you see the output


There are many T-Shirt printing technologies in the market. Each of them have own’s Pros and Cons and you need to judge according to your own needs.

If you are doing bulk order, silkscreen will be your first choice. If you don’t have big quantity, then you should consider heat transfer or DTG

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