After the inception of the t-shirt, it became widely known that they could be used to spread messages or create a fashion trend. T-shirt designs have evolved over the years. During the 1960 tie and dye and screen printing on basic t-shirts was common, becoming a huge success. Screen-printing is a common way of decorating them. The process involves separating designs into each color. Water based inks or plastisol are applied on the t-shirts through special screens. This limits the area upon which the ink is deposited and applied. Any commercial printed t-shirt features specific design colors that need to be printed.
Few of the companies use the water-based inks on printed ones. Many of the companies engaged in manufacturing t-shirts and offering printing facilities opt to use plastisol because this can be used on varying colors that do not demand color adjustments.
Companies engaged in printing them seek to keep up with the demands, fashion and trends. Furthermore, they use specialty inks that include puff, chino, discharge and shimmer based inks. Furthermore, metallic foils can be heat pressed and stamped on plastisol ink. Therefore, when the metallic is combined with specialty shimmer ink, this offers a mirror effect where the screen-printed plastisol ink has been applied. Because these specialty inks are expensive, they are applied on t-shirts that are made available in boutiques. Other methods used in decorating t-shirts include airbrush, embossing/impressing and embroidery, appliqué.
In the 1980’s and 1990’s, some featuring prominent designer logos became popular. Young adults and teens won such clothes. Using them, the wearer could show off in an inexpensive way their liking for a particular designer brand. Major companies have also used printed ones for the advertisement of their products. Since the 1990, different companies have used t-shirts featuring their corporate logo together with a message in their advertising campaigns.
Towards the end of the past century, designing custom ones became popular. Many companies started using digital printing like Direct and DTG printing which allowed clients to design theirs online. This has been performed without the need for placing minimum orders for the t-shirt printing. Therefore, clients can make an order for a single custom design.
Clients can also choose branded ones to get their preferred custom design printed. They can select the style, color, size and brand as well as the printing methods that feature the foil, glitter, vinyl and metallic. Some printing companies offer free graphic designs for orders of more than fifty of them. This makes a win-win scenario for the small companies.