T Shirt Printing

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Want to print on t shirt?

Are you wondering who prints custom tee shirts or where can I get a personalized shirt printed. You came to the right t shirt printer. We can assist you with printing your designs on shirts and most other garments.

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Personalised T Shirt Design

You may design your own t shirt or send us an image of the clothing design you wish to print. Depending on the complexity of your design we may ask for a design fee to redraw your t shirt design. We will notify you of any charges or alternatives before we redesign your tee shirt design.

Printing Methods

There are several methods to print clothing. They all have limitations and benefits

Screen Printing T Shirt

Screen printing is one of the original and oldest methods of printing clothing.A stencil is made using a master film, photosensitive chemicals and a silk screen. This design is then stenciled with on to the garment, one colour at a time using a liquid ink. Once printed the image is cured using heat.The two main types of screen printing ink are plastisol or water based ink.

Here is a list of pros and cons of screen printing on clothing


  • Perfect for simple design eg wording on a shirt
  • Very cost effective at higher volumes
  • Long lasting print as the ink bonds with the fabric
  • Once the artwork is setup, the printing method is fairly fast for higher volume printing


  • Setup cost makes it very expensive for low volume printing
  • Not ideal for high definition photo printing as the screens have a low resolution
  • Full colour is possible but very technical
  • If your design has multiple colours, a screen needs to be made for each colour eg if you have 6 colours in your design than you need a table with 6 colours. The more colours in your artwork, the more expensive the setup.
  • Although this method is perfect for printing on cotton, the water based colours are not as vibrant and may fade over time.
  • Screen printing is better for solid colours as the halftones are visible with gradient colours
  • There are limits as to where you can screen print on a shirt, as each position needs to be set up on the table. Printing on the sleeves, for example in some cases, may not be possible
  • To print on dark clothing you will need to print a white based first. If you don’t, the colours will not be visible. The white base does count as a colour in your design.
  • You can only print on flat surfaces for example you cannot print around a t shirt sleeve.
  • You cannot screen print over seams as there may be gaps in your print due to the seams being uneven and inconsistent. Zippers, collars or buttons will affect the print and leave an undesirable result.

Sublimation Clothing Printing

Sublimation printing only works on synthetic fabrics and not natural fiber like cotton. This fabric is mostly used for the making of sport clothing eg sport team clothing. This is also ideal for making full branded custom clothing.The custom design is printed on a paper, with a special ink, and fused into the polyester fabric with heat. In commercial printing, a heated roller press it used to do this but in smaller applications a heat press can be used.After the clothing has been sublimated the garment panels can be cut from the fabric and sewn up.The printing is digital so the prints may vary ie different sizes, individuals name or number/ position.

Here a list of pros and cons of sublimation printing

  • Sublimation printing is a full colour printing method and your own designs will be printed in high definition. There is no limits to what you can print
  • Colours are very vibrant as it is a chemical printing process
  • Colours do not fade or wash out as it is permanently fused with the fabric
  • This is a digital printing process therefore the clothing designs can be personalized and customized as needed


  • This clothing printing method does not work on cotton
  • A polycotton blend t shirt can be used but the ink only binds to the polyester in the shirt there for if the polyester in the shirt is low eg 20% then the image will be faint.
  • Due to the fully customized process, it is not a cheap method to print low quantity garments
  • The process to manufacture custom clothing may take weeks due to the many stages the garment needs to go through
  • 100% polyester t-shirts are not abundantly available and are mostly white. You do get sport shirts but these are more expensive then tshirts and rarely a plain cut
  • You cannot sublimate on dark t shirts as the design will not be visible

Digital Direct T Shirt Printing

Digital direct t shirt printing you load a tshirt into a printer and print directly onto the t shirt. Some t shirt printers have 2 beds allowing for you to print two t shirts at a time.

Here a list of pros and cons of digital direct or direct to garment printing


  • This t shirt printing method allows for you to print your own t shirt design onto the garment in full colour, does not matter the number of colours or design
  • This shirt printer prints in high definition allowing for photo quality printing
  • The ink is printed directly onto the fabric allowing for a soft print
  • This is a digital clothing printing method allowing for each print to be customized and different at no extra cost


  • This printing method is not ideal for high volume printing as it may take a very long time due to the fact that the t shirts are printed at one or two at a time
  • This printing method can be very expensive due to the cost of the ink, especially when printing on a dark garment. A white base needs to be printed first increasing the amount of ink used.
  • Limited positions can be printed as the position need to be setup in the machine. Positions like the sleeves cannot be printed. Only back and the front of the shirt
  • Buttons, zippers and collars must not be in the way of the print head

Cut Flex T Shirt Branding

Your customized t shirt design will be cut from a roll of media called flex. Each colour will be cut on its own and combined to make up your design. The waste is removed and only your design is kept. The design is then heat pressed onto the t shirt with an industrial heat press. If your design has multiple colours, one colour is pressed at a time to make up your t shirt design.

Here a list of pros and cons cut flex tshirt prints


  • This is a cost effective method to print on t shirts
  • Cut flex is very durable and will not change colour or wash out
  • Flex is perfect for wording on garments
  • Flex can put placed on almost any position of a shirt


  • The flex rolls come in limited colours
  • You cannot use flex to print full colour designs
  • Flex is cut by a very small plotter blade meaning very fine text or designs cannot be cut accurately.
  • The colours in your customized design needs to be solid and should be able to be separate easily as each colour needs to be cut on its own, from separate rolls of flex

Digital Flex Tee Shart Printing

Very similar to cut flex, digital flex is comes in white only or clear. The design is printed onto the flex and then cut to the shape of your own design. The design you create will be transferred onto the garment using heat.

Pros and Cons of digital flex printing.


  • This t shirt printing method allows for full colour photo quality printing
  • As the printing is digital each design may be different.
  • Digital flex is perfect for promotional t shirt printing or cheap t shirt gifts


  • Digital flex has a plastic feel and on a big print the shirt may have a plastic feel due to the flex
  • With digital flex your t shirt design is a thin printed layer on top of the flex. With a lot of wearing and washing the design will fade leaving the white flex only. With careful washing you will extend the prints lifetime.


Embroidery is very popular for branding company uniforms. With this method your design is made up using coloured threads. This is very durable, professional and hi quality looking branding method.Your personalised design will be converted to an image using software to count the number of stitches required. The number of stitches will then determine the price of your design.

Here a list of pros and cons of embroidery


  • Very durable. Will not wash out or fade
  • Full colour designs are possible
  • Looks very professional and up market.
  • With one setup you can embroider multiple garment even if they are different kinds like jackets and caps for example


  • Embroidery is not ideal for low volume printing due to the setup fee
  • Even though you can do full colour designs, colours are limited
  • Seeing that the image will be made up of thread, small text may be rough and unclear
  • Gradient colours in your logo may not appear accurate changing from one colour to the next colour. Solid colours are ideal
  • T shirts do not embroider very well as the fabric is too thin. The embroidery can tear the fabric or change the shape of the shirt
  • You cannot embroider any position on a garment ie a sleeve for example. Only if the sleeve can be setup and fit inside the machine can it be embroidered
  • Large designs can be expensive due to the number of stitches needed and it may not fit the maximum area that can be embroidered

Types Of Clothing Fabric


Cotton is most commonly used to make t shirts and comes from the cotton plant. You get a combed and uncombed cotton. Combed cotton has a softer and smoother feel. You get cotton shirts in different weights. The heavier the weight the stronger the fabric in general. Some t shirts are very thin and light and you can see your hand through it. These cheap shirts also stretches and loses it shape easily.


Polyester is a manmade fabric and is mostly use for sports clothing. It tends to be more breathable and light. It is easily recognised by the sheen.


Polycotton is a blend of polyester and cotton. The ratio of the blend may vary.

How Much For A Customize Design T Shirt?

The price to print your own design on a t shirt may vary. Cheap t shirt printing will normally be a smaller print in a single colour. A bigger print, multiple positions or full colour clothing printing will affect the price. You can also buy your own shirt and let us print the tee shirt for you.We will assist you with the most cost effective t shirt print solution for your custom order.

How to order

To get your own designs printed on t shirts, just email your own tshirt design.We also need to know

  • How many garments you wish to print?
  • Will you be supplying the garments or should we?
  • If we should supply the shirts, what colour would you prefer
  • Do you have an event or deadline you need to meet?

If you wish us to supply you with a specific type of garment, we will send you an images before we print. You will also receive a proof design of your image after we have done the setup. With this information we can estimate production time and a completion date.

Printed T Shirt Delivery

Whether you are local, “near me” or nationwide, we can assist. Simply contact us to discuss your shirt printing needs. Email us at orders@actionprint.co.za or click here to contact us via our website today


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