Trendsetters Custom T-Shirt Printing In Tampa

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Welcome To Trendsetters HD, We are under new ownership and here to provide the best custom t-shirts in Tampa Bay. We specialize in screen printing & direct to garment services. We have over 20 years experience in the apparel industry. We understand how to effectively get your completed, by simply placing your order on our website. We can launch your t-shirt printing order into action today. You deserve the very best quality screen printing and DTG services for any all occasions. We can make and design your custom tees for brands and mom and pop shop looking all around Tampa Bay.

World Class Screen Printing In Tampa

Screen printing involves a stencil, the screen, and using it to draw layers of ink on the surface. Each color is printed on using a different screen one at a time to complete the entire image. Screen printing is the best option for designs on dark t-shirts or are more complex in which the ink can be applied much thicker than digital printing. Screen printing is also good for other goods such as water bottles, mugs, and plastic souvenir cups. This is a manual controlled mechanism that handles uneven surfaces easily. While this method requires more materials and time needed, it is still useful for those very detailed designs.

Screen printing has been around for over a hundred years but wouldn’t become a massive part of the art world until Andy Warhol’s famous pop art in the early 60s. Screen printing pushes ink through a mesh stencil onto the fabric or canvas, with the stencil opening making space for the ink to go through to create the design.

The ink is squeezed through the mesh and pulled by a fill blade. It is a more tedious process than DTG, but screen printing remains popular because it allows for more complex, sophisticated works to put on the t-shirt.

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Direct To Garment Custom T-Shirts In Tampa

When it comes to looking at printing t-shirts by DTG, do the following. First, double check the art and see that it will translate well with the final product being made. Then, optimize and see the final print is as close as it is initially supposed to be. The t-shirt is then covered with a clear solution that allows the ink to be printed on darker fabrics before being heated to stick on top before printing. Like a regular printer, the image is simply printed out like a painter. Then, the shirt is dried by heat to solidify the ink.

A major difference noted already is the economics of it. A print shop that has a manual screen print are spending a few thousands more on a new one and upkeep with ink, tools, and cleanup. For mass production, DTG is the way to go and it is made for the consistently evolution of our technology. But it is too simple of a process and some designs are multiplayer where doing it by hand from the screen printing. So, some prefer the expressive multiple colored design that is stenciled in and carefully traced over before the inks put on the lay its mark. Good DTG printers, on the other hand, costs at least $100,000 and can print white ink on dark cloths, a very difficult thing to do.

There are many ways to put a design on a t-shirt, but it is up to the designer/seller on how it works best for them. The budget, number of shirts, colors, the shirt material, and other factors play a part in screen printing versus DTG. These designs are central to a customized t-shirt because it is what attracts people to it. Deciding how it will be printed will alb up to you and what you feel is right based on the pros of each style.

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What's The Big Deal About DTG Anyway?

Direct to garment printings has been around since the mid-90s with the introduction of the first commercial available DTG printer. It presented itself as the future because it was low cost to set up and provided a quicker turnaround in the result. Since the first DTG printer was first made, newer technology improved ink performance and new printers continue to advance the DTG process while lowering ink cost. For those who print custom t-shirts, this is the Go-To procedure to make all of their apparel and do so quickly.

Screen printing involves a stencil, the screen, and using it to draw layers of ink on the surface. Each color is printed on using a different screen one at a time to complete the entire image. Screen printing is the best option for designs on dark t-shirts or are more complex in which the ink can be applied much thicker than digital printing. Screen printing is also good for other goods such as water bottles, mugs, and plastic souvenir cups. This is a manual controlled mechanism that handles uneven surfaces easily. While this method requires more materials and time needed, it is still useful for those very detailed designs.

Screen printing has been around for over a hundred years but wouldn’t become a massive part of the art world until Andy Warhol’s famous pop art in the early 60s. Screen printing pushes ink through a mesh stencil onto the fabric or canvas, with the stencil opening making space for the ink to go through to create the design. The ink is squeezed through the mesh and pulled by a fill blade. It is a more tedious process than DTG, but screen printing remains popular because it allows for more complex, sophisticated works to put on the t-shirt.