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Over 3 billion T-Shirts are sold each year, of which, a majority are printed. T-Shirt printing started in the 1950's in Miami, Florida, when companies started decorating their T-Shirt to promote their business. Cut to today, adding your logo or design goes a long way in making that plain T-Shirt unique. Before you create that Custom T-Shirt, you may want to know which printing method to use. Below you'll discover the various methods of T-Shirt printing available which you can use. For all these methods we shall tell you their respective advantages and drawbacks. After reading this post, you will have a fair idea of which method of t-shirt printing to use.

6 Techniques of T-Shirt Printing:

Screen Printing

Screen printing is still the most proffessional way of printing on t-shirts. Another name for this technique is silk screen printing. If you have a t-shirt or polo shirt with a soft print with consistent colours, this is most probably the type of printing. These prints remain vibrant, bright and last for long. You can count on screen print for most of your t-shirt printing needs including polo shirts, hoodies and other apparel. However, it may not be the best option for all occasions.

Screen printing requires you to create a stencil or template of the design. This is held in place with the help of a screen which is, usually, made of nylon mesh. The screen is the placed in position on top of the t-shirt to be printed. Ink is then flooded onto the screen and spread to ensure it fully spread on the screen. The ink passes through the wire mesh and the stencil of the design to print onto the t-shirt. Excess ink on the screen is wiped away. The screen is then removed and the t-shirt cured, cured and ready!

Screen Printing has the following advantages:

  1. Screen printing method is ideal for high quality printing of t-shirt designs, because it guarantees the exact replication, consistent quality and durability
  2. It is cost effective in volume.
  3. It is also scalable as the mesh screen and templates can be reused several time.

Screen Printing however has it's disadvantages:

  1. Screen printing is not feasible for single t-shirt orders. iLogo has a minimum requirement of 6 t-shirts for screen printing.
  2. Screen printing is also not suitable for complex designs with multi-colours and gradients.
  3. Screen printing takes longer for set up as screens and stencils need to be made.
  4. As each colour needs to be seperated as unique to be used through stencil, colour accuracy might become an issue

Direct to Garment(DTG) Printing

Next on the line is the Direct to Garment(DTG) method. This is a relatively new method of t-shirt printing and was introduced only in 2005. It involves printing directly on the t-shirt. It is printed using a DTG Printer. This works exactly the same way printing is done by an inkjet printer on paper.

Being able to print directly on the t-shirt with a machine has the following advantages:

  1. Detailed Printing - As this prints directly on the t-shirt, complex designs and colours can be printed.
  2. One offs - As there is no set up required, it is ideally suitable for one off prints.
  3. Quick delivery - As it can be printed directly on the t-shirt, this can be printed at short notice.

Considering DTG printing is an emerging technology, it has some inherent disadvantages:

  1. Price - The DTG printer and the ink used is relatively expensive. And as the cost increases linearly with volume, it is not cost effective for larger runs.
  2. Consistency - The prints are not consistent and depends a lot on variables like temperature, material of the t-shirt and pretreatment liquid.
  3. Placement - As the print is done with machine on a flat bed, the print cannot be done at unconventional design positions
  4. Colour - Colour matching of the print cannot be done, as the software and machine interprets the colours by converting RGB to CMYK.
  5. Quality - The print quality is not as good as Screen Prints. The print may fade after a few washes

Vinyl Cut Printing

Vinyl cut printing is the technique where vinyl sheets are cut as per the design using a CAD plotter and cutter. This cut design is then printed onto the t-shirt using a heat press machine. It is widely used add names and numbers onto sports t-shirts. It can be done on both dry-fit sports jerseys and cotton t-shirts. Vinyl cut Printing allows for different types of prints like reflective prints, neon prints, glitter prints, metallic foil prints as well as prints in an colour. Vinyl cut print works well for slogans, small graphics and words.

The advantages of Vinyl Cut Printing are:

  1. Durability - No fading cracking of print
  2. Quick Turnaround - As there is no set up involved, they can pretty quickly.
  3. Ideal for low quantities - As there is no set up cost, they are suitable for one-off prints.
  4. Print colour and material options - As the types and colours of vinyl(colours, giltter, metallic foil,reflective) are innumerable.

There are a few disadvantages of CAD Vinyl Cut Printing:

  1. Print Size - The bigger the print, the heavier the garment gets.
  2. Print Quality - Print is not as soft as screen prints.
  3. Not Cost Effective for Large orders - It is not cost effective for large order as the cost increase linearly with quantity unlike Screen printing.

Sublimation Printing

Sublimation printing is what is used to get an all over print on a t-shirt. However, this can only be done on polyester t-shirts. It is capable of transforming the whole t-shirt into a piece of art. Sublimation print can only be done on lighter colours. In sublimation printing, the design is first printed onto a heat transfer paper. This paper is then placed on the t-shirt to be printed and high temperature and pressure through a fusing machine then applied. With the application of heat, the t-shirt pores expand and the sublimation dye on the paper turns into liquid and gas and passes onto the pores of the t-shirt fabric. On cooling, the pores again contract and the t-shirt is now printed with the design.

The advantages of Sublimation Printing are:

  1. Print size - Can do all over prints.
  2. Design range - can print any design, colour and range of colours.
  3. Durable - Prints are extremely long lasting.
  4. Great Print quality - The print is within the fabric itself and cannot be felt

The disadvantages of Sublimation Printing are:

  1. Fabric - Sublimation printing can only be done on polyester fabric.
  2. T-Shirt Colour - Sublimation printing can only be done white and light colours.

Heat Press Printing

Heat Press Transfer Printing is basically transferring the design from one surface to the other using heat and pressure. In this case, you transfer the design from a heat press paper onto the T-Shirt using a heat press fusing machine. It is also used for several other products like mugs, ceramics, stickers etc.

The advantages of Heat Press Printing are:

  1. Straightforward to do - printing a paper and transferring it onto a t-shirt with a heat press machine does not require much skill.
  2. Complex Designs - Complex designs can be printed on paper easily and then transferred to the t-shirt.
  3. Full colour Printing - As you print on paper first, we can print multiple colours with gradients

The disadvantages of Heat Press Printing are:

  1. Print Quality - The print quality is inferior to other forms of printing.
  2. Slower Process - As each paper needs to be printed and the design transferred individually, it is not suitable for large orders.


This is not printing in the conventional sense but a standard way of decorating a T-Shirt. This is the ideal and most widely used technique for corporate t-shirts and corporate shirts. Embroidery is the oldest form of t-shirt printing who's history can be traced back to 30,000 BC. In embroidery, the design is directly sown onto the t-shirt with a sewing machine.

The advantages of Embroidery on T-Shirts:

  1. Appearance - Embroidery looks classy and elegant.
  2. Durability - Embroidery is extremely durable and long lasting

The disadvantages of Embroidery are:

  1. Design limitations - very fine designs with multiple colours is not possible.
  2. Colour limitaions - designs with gradients cannot be embroidered. Also, there is a limitation in the number of colours in the design to 8


There are many methods to print on T-Shirts. Each method has it's unique advantages and disadvantages. Each method is best suitable for their own different occasion. At iLogo we provide T-Shirt Printing Services right at your doorstep at all locations across the world.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, we deliver our products outside India as well.

We think that most customers want to see what their design will look like on their t-shirts before their custom t-shirts gets printed, so we are happy to provide picture proofs to review for every order over 6 pieces or more.

Once you place your order, Our artists will review your design thoroughly at iLogo to ensure a quality print.

Once we have completed our strict review process, we'll email or message you a picture proof showing the detailed design as we plan to print it.

If you notice anything in your picture proof that you’d like to change or adjust, you can revert us with an email of the changes you want.

If your order is on a rush or super rush schedule or you’d like to speak about your order in person, we are available to answer questions and help you with your design to be finalised.

The cost for Custom T-Shirt Printing in India can be got quickly by filling out the details here. iLogo provides custom t-shirt printing and embroidery at very affordable prices

The various factors that determine the price of Custom T-Shirt Printing are:

  1. Product chosen. For eg. roundneck t-shirt or polo shirt
  2. Number of t-shirts being customized
  3. The type of t-shirt printing required. For eg screen printing, DTG, embroidery or sublimation print
  4. The locations on the t-shirt which need to be printed
  5. If screen printing, the number of colours in the design
  6. If DTG printing, the size of the print and the t-shirt colour
  7. If embroidery, the size of the design to be embroidered and the number of colours in the design
  8. If sublimation printing, the size of the design
  9. If Vinyl Cut printing, the size of the design

Special print design needs like glitter, reflective, gold and silver foil will cost extra.

At iLogo you can get high quality Custom T-Shirt Printing and Custom Embroidery across India at very affordable prices. With 10 million custom t-shirts, over 10 years expertise, 99% satisfied customers, iLogo, is the best option for Customized T-Shirts and custom team t-shirts in India. At iLogo, you can send the design required to be printed by either designing it yourself online on the iLogo website or you can send us your design through email or whatsapp. If you don't have a design ready, you can choose from over 1,50,000 t-shirt design templates we have on our website or our designers can help you create your unique design. T-Shirts will be provided by iLogo in India.

iLogo keeps in stock roundneck t-shirts, v-neck t-shirts, collared t-shirts, hoodies, zipper jackets, sweatshirts for both men and women which can be printed or embroidered immediately. iLogo can also custom manufactured T-Shirts and other apparel based on your special requirements.

iLogo offers various kinds of T-Shirt Printing including:

  1. Screen Printing
  2. Direct to Film (DTF) Printing
  3. Sublimation Printing
  4. Vinyl Cut Printing
  5. Embroidery
  6. Pigment Printing
  7. Plastisol Printing
  8. White Opaque Water Base Printing (Khadi Printing)
  9. Litho Transfer printing
  10. Direct to garment printing
  11. Rubberized Printing
  12. High Density printing
  13. Foil printing
  14. Rotary Printing
  15. Discharge printing
  16. Flock printing
  17. Metallic and Shimmer Printing

Delivery time for all types of screen print & embroidery is 2 weeks within India. Delivery time Direct to Film(DTF) printing is 1 week. Rush delivery is possible at an extra charge.

At iLogo you can get custom printed T-shirts at very affordable prices in India. At iLogo, we have a wide range of custom printed T-shirts. You can either design the t-shirt online or send us your design through email or whatsapp. At iLogo, you can print your own original artwork in our design studio, or choose from our thousands of images in the library. You will receive the the design exactly as you want. You also have the option to choose from over 1,50,000 T-Shirt Designs and personalize to meet your specific requirement. iLogo also provides Tailormade T-Shirts and other apparel customized to your brand colours. We can create any style of apparel you require. Our designers will provide you with free design options that would be most suitable for your needs.

2 Weeks for bulk Custom T-Shirt orders and 1 week for Direct to Film(DTF) print orders in India. 3 weeks for Tailormade Custom T-Shirts

At iLogo our standard delivery time for custom printed t-shirts is 2 weeks for all screen printed and embroidered t-shirts. We can also provide you rush delivery at an extra charge for the expedited shipping. In case you have ordered it as a Direct to Film printed(DTF) personalized t-shirt, the delivery time is 1 week. Shipping within India and worldwide is included. Our pricing includes all taxes and other charges.

Yes,you can order multiple designs and colours in your custom t-shirts order in India. If you want multiple colours of t-shirts in the same order, you need to add it to your design comments while placing the order. You can also contact us through email, phone or whatsapp to inform of this requirement. If you want multiple designs in the same order, you need to order them separately. You also have the option of adding 'Team Names and Numbers' to the design.
Yes, As a t-shirt manufacturer, iLogo keeps stock of t-shirts, polo shirts, hoodies, sweatshirts, onesies in India ready to print at very affordable prices. Our products are top notch in quality and we carry the widest range of colours of t-shirts for you to choose from for your custom printed t-shirt requirement.

iLogo provides quality Custom Hoodies in India at very affordable prices. At iLogo, we offer affordable Custom Hoodies with screen printing or embroidery in India. We also offer zipper hoodies and sweatshirts which can be customized for your team, company, group or event. Customized hoodies can be fun for your employees to wear and can make them great ambassadors for your company. We take your designs and turn them into customized hoodies for your teams, school, company, and clubs. At iLogo, you can design your own custom printed hoodies by using your own original artwork in our design studio, or by using our thousands of images in the library. You can get hoodies personalized for your team with individual names and numbers as well. We offer quantity based pricing, which depends on the quantity of hoodies, Or you can order even one custom printed hoodie.

iLogo provides Custom Hoodies not only in India but all across the country & abroad.

iLogo provides quality custom printed and embroidered polo t-shirts for you in India at very affordable prices. At iLogo, you can customise polo t-shirts with your own logo and design. iLogo offers affordable, high quality Custom Polo Shirts with screen printing or embroidery. Your entire group can be kitted up with their own personalized embroidered and printed polo shirts. We offer quantity based pricing, which depends on the quantity of polo shirts and design. You can order even one polo t-shirt with your design printed. At iLogo, you can also get your Collared T-Shirt Tailormade to meet your brand requirements by customizing the pattern, colour and part of the Polo Shirt

iLogo is one of the top custom t-shirt manufacturers in India. With over 1 million t-shirts delivered and over 12 years of experience, iLogo understand the needs of its premium customers. iLogo produces high-quality, fashionable, and sustainable t-shirts that meet the needs and expectations of their customers. iLogo is one of the Top T-Shirt Manufacturers in India because:

  • Quality: iLogo provides High-quality t-shirts that are durable, comfortable, and made from high-quality materials.
  • Design: iLogo provide T-Shirts with innovative and attractive designs that appeal to customers and keep up with the latest fashion trends.
  • Production Capacity: iLogo has the ability to produce a large volume of t-shirts quickly and efficiently, which allows them to meet the demands of their customers.
  • Sustainability: iLogo prioritizes sustainable and ethical practices throughout their supply chain, including sourcing materials and labor practices.
  • Pricing: iLogo offers competitive pricing for their t-shirts, which allows them to appeal to a wider range of customers and maintain a strong market position.

iLogo manufactures t-shirts for locations across India.

If the custom products you receive are different materially from what you ordered or if the product is damaged, you may return the custom product for a full refund, within 15 days of receiving your custom order. All we ask is that you notify iLogo before returning any products to ensure that your return is handled quickly and accurately.

iLogo is one of top Custom Caps companies in India because it produces high-quality customized caps for individuals, organizations, or businesses. Here are some factors that make iLogo a top custom cap manufacturer in India:

Quality: iLogo produces high-quality custom caps that are made from durable materials, and they have excellent craftsmanship and attention to detail.
  • Customization options: iLogo provides a wide range of customization options, such as different cap styles, colors, fabrics, embroidery, screen printing, or other decoration techniques, and allows customers to design their custom caps easily and quickly. Production capacity: iLogo has the ability to produce a large number of custom caps quickly and efficiently, which allows them to meet the demands of their customers.
  • Customer service: iLogo has excellent customer service and communication throughout the production process, from the initial design stage to the final delivery, and can provide guidance and support to customers to ensure their satisfaction.
  • Pricing: iLogo offers competitive pricing for their custom caps, which is transparent, fair, and consistent. They also offer clear and detailed quotes that include all the customization options and production costs.
  • Sustainability: iLogo prioritizes sustainable and ethical practices throughout their supply chain, including sourcing materials and labor practices.

Overall, iLogo is a company that produces high-quality, customizable, and sustainable caps, provides excellent customer service and communication, and offers competitive and transparent pricing.