How to choose a print method


Most important factors will be the quantity of garments and the number of colours in your design - this will dictate the best method of producing your garments.

Screen Printing

This is the preferred method of t-shirt printing due to the excellent print quality and detail; most t-shirts you see on the high street are screen printed. Shirtworks have been screen printing garments since 1986, our years of experience mean we consistently produce high quality printing.

Round Tick Gives a professional long lasting print, the cheapest way to produce high volumes.

Round Cross Not suitable for small orders, say less than about 10, due to the time it takes to set up the print run and screen costs.

Digital Printing (DTG - 'Direct To Garment')

This is a great way of producing low volume personalised garments with complex colours, it is also the quickest way but is expensive to produce. We require a minimum order of one item to create a t shirt in this way, but, depending on the complexity of the design or you may prefer to opt for vinyl cut lettering processes.

Round Tick Multi colour designs can be achieved without large set up and screen costs.

Round Cross No significant savings when you order more items.

Vinyl Cut Printing

This is where a plotter cuts out letters or numbers and then they are heat applied to the garment; simple logos can be produced.

Round Tick Great for producing individual names and numbers.

Round Cross Only suitable for small quantities. Limited detail.


Colour Copier Transfer

The image is printed using a colour copier onto special paper and then heat applied to the garment.

Round Tick Ideal for one off photographs.

Round Cross Limited washability. Leaves an area around the design.


Shirtworks also offers a cost-effective embroidery service, which is often better suited to smaller or more intricate logos and images. This includes embroidered workwear, polo shirts and fleeces.