Printing Methods

Silkscreen T-Shirt Printing - The Athleisure Tees Pte Ltd

Silkscreen T-shirt Printing

Silkscreen T-shirt printing uses a woven mesh to support an ink-blocking stencil. The attached stencil has open areas of mesh that transfer ink. As a squeegee is moved across the screen stencil, ink is forced through the mesh openings, creating an image on the apparel.

Silkscreen printing allows up to 4 colours, and these 4 colours will come together to form a complete picture and t-shirt design with a wider range of colours.

Sublimation T-Shirt Printing - The Athleisure Tees Pte Ltd

Sublimation T-Shirt Printing

Sublimation printing is a chemical process where a solid turns into gas without going through the liquid state. Under heat and pressure, solid dye particles change into a gas and bond with any polymers on the substrate. The polymers expand with heat and take in the ink particles.

When the heat source is removed and the substrate is cooled, the pores close and the ink solidifies. This process causes the ink and design to bond to the inside and becomes one with the clothing material.

Custom Embroidery T-Shirt Printing - The Athleisure Tees Pte Ltd

Custom Embroidery T-Shirt Printing

As the name suggests, embroidery is the process whereby a design is directly sewn onto an apparel using a computerised embroidery machine. To process an embroidery order, the artwork must be digitized and converted into a file that is readable by the embroidery machine.

As the design is embedded on the apparel itself, this printing method results in a highly professional and sleek finish. Hence, it is the preferred printing method among many businesses for corporate and workwear orders.

Heat Transfer T-Shirt Printing - The Athleisure Tees Pte Ltd

Heat Transfer T-Shirt Printing

Heat Transfer Printing, also known as Digital Heat Transfer Printing, is done by using a heat transfer medium such as heat transfer paper or a vinyl-rubber type material.

Firstly, an image of the artwork is printed on the film side of the heat transfer medium. Secondly, the image is heat-pressed and transferred onto the apparel using a heat transfer machine; like an iron. Heat triggers the special ink to stick to the fabric and when the heat transfer medium is peeled away, the design is printed on clothing.

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