PMS colors are a better choice: It is quite common for designers to use an RGB or CMYK scheme. But if you want a better finish and smooth color separations, using PMS colors is your best bet. Sometimes, the printer may give pieces of fabrics and sample prints so that they can match the colors and texture as per their needs.
Another method is Direct To Garment (DTG) printing. This is a method of running the actual shirt through a printer which prints the image on to the shirt just as a standard in home ink jet printer would print out a document from your computer. There has been some talk in the design community of the ink drying or clumping up in these machines, but I have seen the work they do and it looks great and feels great on the shirt. This is a higher end option at this time with some printers going for around $25,000. You could get a used on for around $16,000, but it would take a lot of shirts to pay off that large of an investment.
The t-shirt was inexpensive and in style. It could even make a statement. In the 1960’s decorating techniques such as screen printing and the tie-dye became popular. In the late sixties, realizing their was money to be made in printed t-shirts, the t-shirt industry started to sky-rocket. Rock Bands, Sports Teams, and Artists led the way for the t-shirt to be sealed into American culture and the officially licensed t-shirt was born.
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Digital printing technique uses a digital frame for printing. This technique provides selection of design and prints the chosen design in absolutely no time much faster than screen printing technique. This method definitely saves a lot of precious time. Variation in styles can be attained using this technique. A company that specializes in digital printing technique may offer a variety of designs printed on T-shirts.
The details: Your T shirt can spell across a simple message or portray a design so vivid that it needs hours to ogle and admire it. However you might end up spoiling it all if you create something in between.
Why not look at previous winners, and other T shirts that you like, and see if you can establish why you like them, and Landtees why they are popular. What about speaking to other T Shirt designers and seeing what inspires them, or what else you can learn from them?