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The Age Of Digital T-Shirt Printing

Last Updated: Monday 4th December 2017

T-shirt printing has come a long way since the beginning of the computer age. Gone are the days of dripping water-based screen printing inks and the old hand-cut stencils. There is no doubt about it, the computer has forever changed the way that t-shirts are printed. The future is direct to garment digital t-shirt printing. Before there was DTG (direct to-garment) digital printing, the computer age has ushered forth many forms of printing to t-shirts before finally getting to the DTG stage.

The first method of computer printing to shirts was through transfer paper and a hot press. Originally this was called Iron-on transfers because you could put them on with a hot iron. In the beginning it was only possible to put them on light colours t-shirts, but, transfer paper for dark and coloured shirts soon followed . While the transfer products have improved for digital transfers, and transfer overlays they are not well known for there durability.

Shortly after digital transfers came digitally plotted cad cut-outs that are transferred to the t shirt or other garments with the the aid of heat presses, these cut-outs can be made from many different substances. Like Flock, Foil or Vinyl. The numbers on the backs of sports jerseys are usually done using this form of digital transfer overlay. This method is suitable for designs that have gentle curves and basic shapes, as fine details or sharp curves are not possible as the plotter has difficulty with such fine detail. These transfers are fully opaque and can be placed on any coloured t-shirts.

Another form of digital transfer overlay is digital printed dye-cut vinyl transfers. These can be printed in full colour and are transferred to garments with a heat press. This is a very durable application method and some vinyl have a very soft hand feel.

If you have a specific product in mind, we will be glad to give you a custom quote, designed exactly to your needs. Simply give us a call, use our quote form or email your requirements to us at (info at tshirtprinting dot com dot au).

Why Use Us To Print Your T-shirts?

T-shirt Printing Australia is the ultimate solution for all types of custom tees. Whether you're looking to print a single T-shirt or to buy in bulk, our team has the perfect printing solution for you!


  • Looking at printing a small order on various shirts?
  • Need lots of designs printed on individual tees?
  • Looking for blank tees at wholesale prices?
  • Want to sports numbers for your local sports team?
  • Do you have different text or images for each shirt?


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