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Most Common Used Techniques To Decorate Custom Apparel at T-Formation

Creating custom decorated apparel comes with different methods that allow flexibility when deciding how to design apparel. Screen printing, digital printing, and embroidery are the three most popular options that all come with their own advantages and can be used in different situations. Understanding these techniques and their advantages is important to know when selecting how t-shirts are designed and created. The different techniques used to design t-shirts include:

Pad Printing

At T-Formation, our selection of high-quality screen printing services is ever growing. We only use the most innovative screen printing techniques on the market today. Especially when it comes to our pad printing. With our in-house pad printing. you get the ability to create a variety of options for custom decorating apparel. Pad printing can be used on nearly any material. It’s especially popular for printing on irregularly shaped surfaced, like golf balls or stress balls, because the soft pad conforms to the surface of the object. For that reason, pad printing also can be used to overlay an image onto an object that has an uneven or multi-level surface. The inks used in pad printing bond easily with plastics and other smooth surfaces.

Digital Printing

Digital printing is similar to screen printing, however, it is done much quicker and more efficiently. Digital printing also has the ability to capture a wider range of colors because it’s all processed digitally. The method beings with entering the image or logo into the computer which controls the head to spray the water-based ink onto the shirt. If the garment is any color besides white, a base white layer is applied to ensure the design is completely visible. Digital printing is the best selection for short print runs, designs with a wide range of colors, and samples. It should be noted that digital printing will most likely not last as long as screen printing when going through multiple washes.


Embroidery is the most durable option of all. It involves different color threads being sewn into the garment by a computer-controlled machine that creates the logo or images it’s given. This option is recommended for more high-end garments such as polos, jackets, or hats as it gives a professional appearance. This option will not work as well on thinner materials such as t-shirts. At T-Formation, our Custom Embroidery is driven by absolute quality. We provide only the best custom screen printing options for our customers. We have the capabilities to embroider and stitch t-shirts, hats, jackets, patches, and much more. No matter what you need, never waste time searching for “custom embroidery near me”. With our team of experts, no job is too complex for our Screen Printing Machines.

Our years of experience and state-of-the-art equipment are second to none. The quality of designed garments helps custom designs and logos stand out from the crowd. Call T-Formation for a custom quote at 1 (800) 223-7919. Our experienced team will be happy to help!