When I first began making t-shirts back in the ’90s it took me eleven minutes to press the shirts with an iron and even then about half of them still had ink left on the paper. Because the results weren’t to my satisfaction I purchased a heat press. A heat press is a machine designed specifically for custom tee shirt printing. You can choose the desired temperature you need and then press the shirt for the number of seconds required.The heat press that I and several other commercial tee shirt printers use permits the temperature, time and pressure to be set. This gives a perfect press time after time.It is to be noted that the transfer paper used by professional tee shirt makers need to be applied with a commercial heat press. You are not able to iron these transfers on.The supplies that you’ll need to make your custom printed t-shirts in addition to a computer and a printer, obviously will be t-shirts. You’ll likely want to use 100% cotton t-shirts that are preshrunk or 50/50 tee shirts.You’ll also need t-shirt transfer paper. You can buy this specialty paper at places like Office Depot, Staples, Office Max, craft stores like Michael’s and Wal-Mart. If you are using an inkjet printer make sure you get paper suited for an inkjet printer and likewise if you have a laser printer. T shirt online
Follow the instructions that come with your transfer paper. The closer you follow the instructions the better your completed t-shirt will look.To sums things up, designing and printing your own tee shirts is not only fun but it gives you the added ability to make personalized t-shirts.There are websites that allow you to design your shirts online or you can take one of your computer programs and design it on your own computer.If you are using pictures you’ll want to use a resolution of about 300 dpi (dots per inch) at the full printing size. If you aren’t sure what this is about then do a print of your image on a piece of paper and see if your picture looks clear.You likely already have a program on your computer that will get you started.
I’ve had designs sent to me in Power Point, Word, Publisher, Excel, Adobe Illustrator, Corel Draw, jpegs, bmps, pdf, Photo Shop, eps, virtually every format there is. So use one of the programs that you have.If you decide to have a t-shirt company make your custom printed t-shirts, be sure to let them know all of the details they’ll need to know to give you a quote. They will need to know what you want printed, where you want the printing, the color of the shirts, how many shirts you’d like, the postal code where you live and when you would need the shirts. This will allow them to give you an accurate quote.Tee shirt companies can purchase the supplies they need wholesale and in bulk so it is likely that your tee shirts can be printed for less or about the same as you could produce them yourself.You will get better quality printed ts-hirts from an experienced commercial printer since the norm is to use quality t-shirts such as Gildan “Ultra” or similar and as I mentioned earlier the t-shirt transfer paper is a commercial grade and it is applied to the t-shirt with a commercial heat press which would be set to the correct amount of heat, time and pressure.