Sublimation Apparel Printing: The Basics for 2022

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Sublimation Apparel printing:

Just when think you’ve covered all your printing bases — screenprinting, DTG — someone asks you about sublimation apparel printing. You might not know what it’s called, but you can’t walk into a retailer without seeing an example of it. It’s a printing method that provides all-over coverage, in full color.

In a nutshell, sublimation printing uses heat to transfer the dyes onto the fabrics. There are two ways to do this: one is to print onto a transfer paper and then transfer the image to the fabric using heat and pressure. The second involves printing the image directly onto the fabric. But either way, you’re looking at transferring the dyes into the polyester molecules using a combination of time, temperature, and pressure. With dye sublimation, the result is a virtually permanent full-color high-resolution print that won’t crack, fade or peel under normal conditions. If you’re looking for color saturation, you’re looking for dye sublimation printing.

Unlike screen printing, where one color is added at a time, with sublimation printing, all colors are printed at the same time so there’s no risk of the colors not lining up or running. And as we may have mentioned, sublimation printing is the only way to go, if you’re trying to get that all-over printed look.

Image above: Epson SureColor® F6070

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Offset vs. Digital Sublimation Printing

There are two types of sublimation apparel printing: Offset and Digital. The differences between the two can be simplified to a single word: volume. Offset sublimation requires a pretty hefty investment – the machinery alone can cost up to $1 million and you’re looking to do print runs of between 5,000 – 10,000. So if you don’t have a cool million hanging around, and you’re hoping for a print run under 500 pieces, then you’re looking at digital sublimation, which will give the saturated all-over print look, without having to invest quite as much capital.

Image above: from Epson’s Digital Sublimation fashion show

1910 SubliVie Adult Polyester Sublimation T-Shirt Catalog

Image above: SubliVie 1910 Adult Polyester Sublimation T-Shirt is soft, lightweight, and is quite literally, made for sublimation.

Direct to Garment Printing (DTG) vs Sublimation

While both DTG and digital sublimation use inkjet printer technology, the processes and results are quite different. The first big difference you’ll notice between DTG and sublimation is going to be your garment choice. DTG is the choice for 100% cotton fabrics, while Sublimation only works on polyester garments (sublimation needs a polymer-based surface). Both processes will work on blended fabrics, but the result will be a little washed out and faded.

But that’s only the beginning. The entire chemistry behind the two processes is different. I’ll spare you the Chem 101, but basically, the DTG process is relying on surface adhesion, while with sublimation, there is actual molecular bonding taking place. (The dye actually begins as gas before becoming a solid!)

Sublimation Apparel Printing Perks

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  • You can print a highly detailed photographic image on nearly any polyester fabric.
  • You can print on textiles prior to the assembly of the garment for all-over coverage
  • Many polyester fabrics provide moisture-wicking capabilities making your garment perfect for high-performance sports ware.
  • There is no feel, which makes for a soft hand.
  • Perfect for full-color design on light textiles
  • Extensive color options

L1610 SubliVie Juniors Polyester Sublimation T-Shirt Catalog

Image above: SubliVie L1610 Juniors Polyester Sublimation T-Shirt is perfect for sublimation apparel printing

When you’re ready to take a leap into the world of sublimation apparel printing, check out our sublimation apparel category. If you don’t see what you are looking for, let us know. And we’ll help you get started on your sublimation journey!

Custom Shirt Tags: Creating Your Own Neck Label

You have a brand. You need custom shirt tags. When it comes to creating your own clothing line, finding the right type of tag can be a long process. Adding a personalized printed label on the inside neck of your tees is the hottest trend in retail, and luckily it’s a cheap alternative to sewn-in tags, woven labels, and hang tags! There are many reasons why creating your own custom printed tagless label can be the perfect option for your apparel brand. Removing the original manufacturer tags and replacing them with your own one-color print design is an awesome way to really show up the competition and make your t-shirts look as professional as possible.

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Why should I print my t shirt label instead of using sewn in woven tags?

Branding your garments will show customers that your line is the real deal, while also providing a more comfortable wear. We’ve all been there—when you’re wearing a new t-shirt for the first time, and next thing you know that itchy, scratchy tag is totally throwing off your whole day! That’s Branded custom neck labelnever the impression you want to make. With a printed label, your customers won’t ever have to fuss and fight. And with a bigger surface area than standard woven tags, you’ll have more freedom to really use the label as branding opportunity. Screen-printed custom shirt tags offer more room for artistic design that will have a presence on the garment—catching the eye of shoppers and leaving an impression about the identity of your brand. Custom garment labels also help to keep your t shirt line cohesive across different items, styles and colors. There’s no better way to legitimize your line and keep up with big brand names than to order your own custom screen printed labels!

What do I need to include on my custom neck label?

Okay, so where do you start? The first thing you’ll want to include in your custom shirt tags is the legally-mandated information regarding country of origin, fabric content, care instructions and size of the blank shirts you’re using. In the US, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) requires that this information be included on all clothing before it is sold. Because of this, the shirts that you choose will already have a tag which will need to be removed. Visit the FTC website if you’d like to learn more about these labeling requirements! When choosing your t-shirts, you’ll need to make sure that the shirts have either sewn-in tags or a tear-away tag—not a printed or heat-sealed label. In order to print your label, we’ll need a clean surface!

Example of sewn-in tag residue when adding custom neck labelHow do you remove the existing garment tags?

Removing the manufacturer tags is no problem for us—we offer this service at no additional cost! Tees that feature tear-away or “paper” tags are the best option for achieving the cleanest finish, since these were created especially for this purpose. Brands like Next Level, Delta Apparel, Anvil and Tultex offer various tees with this kind of label—making removal quick and clean.

Sewn-in tags are also easy to remove—we simply snip off the tag as close to the seam as possible. Depending on the type of shirt, some tags are a little more difficult to remove entirely. Small amounts of leftover material, referred to as “residue,” should be expected when looking closely, but generally shouldn’t be visible when the collar is lying flat.

How do I start designing my custom shirt tags?

Once we’ve got the tags removed we’re all set to print your inside neck labels! When designing, there are a few things to consider. In order to create the most lightweight print with a barely-there feel, you’ll want to incorporate a lot of negative space into your design—meaning that you don’t want too many large, filled-in spaces. Think outlines and light fonts. Remember: the Inside Neck Label Custom Shirt Tagmore ink there is in your print, the more you will feel it!  Besides, you don’t want your label to distract from the rest of your shirt!

When it comes to printing dark colors onto light colored tees, it’s possible that your print may show through the back of the shirt a little bit, depending on the weight and fabric content. This is another one of those anomalies that is unfortunately unavoidable with screen printing. Generally speaking, using heavier weight tees and lighter colored ink will help to avoid this. Also, be advised that you’ll be able to feel the print a little more on darker-colored shirts than you will on lighter-colored shirts. This is because 2 layers of ink will be needed when printing onto dark fabric. If you have any concerns, speak with one of our representatives prior to ordering and we can go over t-shirt options!

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What is Screen Printing? What You Need to Know in 2022

What is screen printing? As you might guess, given the obvious hint built into the name, screen printing is a printmaking technique where stencils are laid over a screen. That screen is usually made of cotton, nylon, or metal. The printing ink is then pushed through the screen using a rubber squeegee. That’s the simplified version, but every little step can involve lots of decisions from what ink to use to the best squeegee.

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Image above: a screen printing class at the Alexandria Museum of Art

Just a little history
The basic process is thought to have been invented in China and then refined in Japan (makers of good things like karaoke, the novel, and instant ramen). After 1915, when it became possible to photo-screen print (introducing photo stencils), the technique took off in the commercial sector in the United States. Grocery stores and other shops needed quickly produced locally made signs to advertise sales, and screen printers were able to underbid sign painters and win jobs. For years, those screen printing techniques were closely guarded trade secrets. Then in the 1960s, the technique took off in the art world amongst pop artists like Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, and Richard Hamilton. From there, screen printing entered the mainstream. These days, screen printing has been enthusiastically adopted by the DIY community.  And now that the information for how to set up a screen printing studio is so readily available online – anyone, with an idea,  can screen print.

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Image above: DIY Print Shop

Screen printing Setups
One of the reasons that screen printing is so popular is that it is infinitely scalable. You can create a setup for under $40 or spend $40,000. Every setup might be a little different, but the basic elements are a screen, emulsion, artwork, a squeegee, ink, a light source, and a water source. If you’re eager to get your hands dirty, this is a great screen printing guide from one of our favorite reads, LifeHacker. (But if you’d rather us do the dirty work, we’re happy to mess around with the ink for you.)

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Image above: jacquard screen printing inks
Decision, Decisions, Decisions aka Screen Printing Ink

Underbase
The first consideration in design is often the underbase. One of the most important choices in determining how your design turns out, regardless of the ink type is whether or not an underbase is used. Think of an underbase like a primer coat. if you wanted to paint a red wall blue you would first prime the wall with a neutral color like gray or white, You would then paint blue over the primer. If you were to paint blue over the red wall without priming you would end up with a purple not a blue.Underbase

Underbasing in t-shirt printing, much like priming in painting is a great way to ensure your design ends up being the color you intended it to be. An underbase is essentially the entirety of your design printed in neutral ink. In this way regardless of the garment color or makeup the colors in your finished design should remain consistent. This is especially true when printing bright colors over darker colors. This is also true when your intention is to have a consistent-looking design printed on different material makeups and colors. There are a few negatives to consider when choosing to underbase. Because there is an additional underlay or undercoat of ink, the design will feel thicker to the touch. In addition, underbasing requires additional screens adding cost. Printers typically charge around $30 to $40 dollars per screen.

In a nutshell, if you are printing on lighter uniformly colored garments and the most important component of your finished design is its soft feel where color consistency takes a back seat, you should not be underbasing however if you are printing on dark or various colored garments and need a consistent design color where soft feel is the less important of the two, you should be underbasing. Often times printers will help you make this decision based on the garments you’ve chosen and the colors in your design.

Ink types
Once you’ve decided on your shirt (and that’s a whole other conversation), the most important consideration is going to be your ink.

The traditional ink is plastisol ink. This creates a thick print that rests on top of the shirt. Plastisol inks can provide a higher contrast than water-based ink, and if you’d like your fwd_traditional_printingprinted design to appear bright and color accurate, then a plastisol ink can give you that effect. Plastisol ink is a good choice if you’re printing sporting goods, nylon, or dark-colored clothing. Plastisol ink is also the most consistTower-Tee1ent choice when printing the same design on different garment styles and or colors.

If you’re looking to make a super soft shirt then water-based ink is where it’s at. Whereas the plastisol ink rests on top of the shirt, water-based ink is actually directly dying, or in the case of discharge, bleaching the fabric’s fibers, which means that the printed portion of the shirt will remain softer than plastisol the print further softens to almost a no feel with one washing.  An added plus is that water-based ink is eco-friendly. Water-based inks don’t have that same high contrast that plastisol inks have so the effect often feels vintage. Waterbase ink typically work out best when the design has a limited color spectrum as water base inks are not vibrant like plastisol inks. Creative designers typically use the garment color to bring out accents in the design.

But there is a middle ground between plastisol and water-based – soft plastisol or soft-hand plastisol gives you the contrast of a plastisol ink but is much softer than the straight-up plastisol ink. Soft hand plastisol is accomplished by using thinning agents and high mesh count screens minimizing and thinning the amount of ink allowed to pass through the screen to the garment.

But what if you want a more custom look? There are an infinite number of special effects inks. Here are a few of our favorites and the ones that we print with here at Blankstyle.com.

Puff ink is the screen printer’s version of that ‘80s craft favorite – puff paint. Puff ink is created by mixing an additive with the plastisol inks so that your ink will puff up after it dries giving your design a textured effect. (We like to use it to give your designs a faux stitching effect.)

So that’s the quick run-down on what screen printing is and how it’s done. Of course, the more you dig around, the more questions you might have. We’re here to help with any of those.

And if you prefer to get your information the old-fashioned way, here are some great resources:
Print Liberation: The Screen Printing Primer
Simple Screenprinting: Basic Techniques & Creative Projects
ulled: A Catalog of Screen Printing (great for inspiration)

 

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What is DTG Printing: When, Why, and How in 2022

What is DTG Printing? Short for Direct-to-Garment, DTG printing is a method of printing designs directly onto t-shirts and textiles using a modified ink printer.

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Brother DTG Printer

Direct to Garment printing is a direct descendant of inkjet printing. That means no screens, no mess, no thick plastisol ink–yet great detail and stunning color possibilities. How it works is a t-shirt is loaded onto the machine, and your design is printed directly onto the shirt using specially formulated water-based inks. The design is then heat set using either a heat press or a tunnel dryer. In the same way that your inkjet printer can print extremely detailed images, a DTG printer is able to produce photo-quality images on shirts that still have a soft feel.

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No color limitations with DTG Printing means you can print what you want without the price going up. Photo courtesy of Behind the Blank

Sounds great, right? Well, Direct to Garment printing does have its limitations. Specialized ink means it’ll end up costing a little more. It’s also a lot slower than screen printing (think of standing in front of an inkjet printer and waiting for a piece of paper to come out), so labor costs are higher as well. And the printable area is a little smaller, too.

So with so many factors to consider, the real question is when to use Direct to Garment and when to screen print. The basic formula is if you’re printing a multi-colored and detailed design with less than 50 shirts, Direct to Garment is the more efficient and cost-effective choice. Once you start hitting quantities over 50, then screen printing becomes the faster and cheaper option. DTG is also the go-to option if you’re looking to print a photo-realistic image.

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Print your illustrations right onto a shirt with DTG Printing

When printing DTG, the fabric content of the garment is by far going to be the main factor to consider when choosing which shirts to use. Lots of printers insist on going with only 100% cotton (like the Cotton Heritage MC1040 and the gildan 5000 ). We recommend going a step further and choosing ringspun cotton (like the Next Level 3600 or Tultex 290), which is much softer and smoother–and thus prints better. You could also choose an organic cotton shirt, which is great for marketing.

In general, screen printing is going to be a better choice for blended t-shirts if you’re looking for vibrant colors. This is because DTG Inks are best absorbed by 100% cotton, and the color won’t take as well to man-made fibers. However, if you’re looking for more of a subdued print with vintage-style faded colors, DTG could be the perfect choice for your design. White blended shirts print very well, but if you’re using anything other than that we suggest consulting with one of our print reps to be sure there won’t be any issues.

Next step–generating your custom DTG print quoteblankstyle.com is your one-stop shop for all of your blank and printed apparel needs!

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Custom dad hats to boost your brand and your revenue

Should you buy custom dad hats from Blankstyle to add to your lineup?
Heck yes.

Why?
Because it’s a super easy way to boost your brand recognition!

Not only do our cheap custom hats make a good addition to your current merch offerings, but they offer your most loyal customers a way to double-up on their brand-love. And guess what? You can earn mega margins on hats if you shop right. 

Custom Logo Dad Hats by Blankstyle

ADAMS LP101 in Coral | AUTHENTIC PIGMENT 1912 in Java
MEGA CAP 7611 in Blue Denim/Tan | MEGA CAP 7601 in Beige

We’ve got cheap dad hats & we can put your design on them

Our selection of low-cost, bulk dad hats in addition to our custom embroidery service makes adding custom logo hats to your brand a no-brainer. When ordered in bulk quantities as low as 24 pieces, it’s possible to get your cost down far enough to double your money on these. 

Ouray 51056 Benchmark Washed Twill Caps

Not sure if your hat designs would sell?

If you have an active social following, you can easily put the feelers out there to see what piques your fanbase’s interest. Instagram has the best options for performing market research with Instagram Stories. Once you have an idea of what your followers like, you can make an educated decision on what to order.

Cheap custom hats mean more opportunities for upselling & more money in your pocket

When bought in bulk, you can get your custom dad hats for under $10 each, leaving lots of room for profit. Even offering them at a discount right before checkout as an add-on item would bump your sales nicely. Not only that, but a customer buying a hat in addition to a shirt (or other branded item) will bump your brand exposure.

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Think about it. You wear a shirt maybe once per week, but you can easily wear a hat daily. BAM.

Here’s a few of our favorite cheap dad hats to get your started:

Get started on your custom order today by adding your favorite hats to your shopping cart then clicking “CUSTOMIZE WITH EMBROIDERY” to generate a quote!

High Quality Blank T-Shirts – 2021 Style Guide

High quality blank t-shirts are constantly in demand. There is an abundance of styles and brands of t-shirts out on the market today, it’s hard to know where to begin when selecting the right “fit”.  So how do you choose the perfect tee for your business in 2021?  Look no further!  We’ve narrowed down the search with this year’s most popular selection of high quality blank t-shirts for printing while honoring the varied styles and demands of our customers.  Here is your High Quality Blank T-Shirts Style Guide for 2021!

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Stilo MC134 – High Quality Blank T-Shirt for Printing

This is the year for Stilo MC134, “The softest t-shirt ever made”.  This line features the softest t-shirt our customers have ever laid hands on.  The tagless neckline and side seam tear away tag makes the MC134 a high quality blank t-shirt for printing.  If you’re trying to achieve a designer-tailored retail fit while still searching for cheap blank high quality t-shirts, this tee is a worthy contender.  Made from 52% Modal and 48% Cotton with a feel akin to cashmere, the Stilo MC134 Crew Neck is up to three times softer than a tri-blend.

Bella + Canvas 3014 - High Quality Blank T-Shirts

3014 Bella + Canvas Raw Neck Tee  

Bella + Canvas never ceases to amaze with their fashionable high quality blank t-shirts, it’s no wonder leading companies in the industry love this tee!  The tear away label makes it a cinch to customize and is ideal for printing.  The elevated raw neck adds flair to this 100% Airlume combed and ring-spun cotton blank. Available in white, black, military green, heather navy and dark heather grey, this retail fit jersey tee is high on our list! The 3014 is the essential “grab-and-go” cheap blank t-shirt.

Next Level 6410 - High Quality Blank T-Shirts

Next Level 6410 –  Men’s Premium Sueded Crew

Next Level Apparel 6410 Men’s Premium Fitted Sueded Crewneck T-Shirt has a unique velvet feel with a buffed, extra-rubbed nap finish. The 32 singles thread width is dense, making this ultra soft high quality blank t-shirt ideal for printing! Fabric laundered for reduced shrinkage, the 6410 seams and sizing remain unscathed. The Next Level Premium Sueded Crew is 60% combed ringspun cotton and 40% polyester sueded jersey with a 1×1 sueded baby rib-knit set-in collar.  The Satin Label is the finishing touch to this cheap blank high quality t-shirt for printing!

Garment Dyed T-Shirts

Comfort Colors Apparel ahead of the times in this flashback ad. Their garment dyed t-shirt is now more prevalent than ever!


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Comfort Color 1717 – Garment Dyed T-Shirt

Comfort Colors is nice cheap blank garment dyed t-shirt option. The 1717 Comfort Color Heavyweight Garment Dyed T-Shirt has a softer feel than its previously mentioned competitor, made from 100% ringspun cotton. This shirt embodies comfort! The color palette of these high quality blank t-shirts consists of pastels and earth tones, which gives it an edge in today’s market. The 1717 has a relaxed feel with shoulder-to-shoulder taping and set-in sleeve and with its reasonable wholesale price it is an excellent choice when selecting a blank t-shirt for printing.

Place Your High Quality Blank T-Shirt Order with BlankStyle 

If you are a business owner starting a new t-shirt line or just looking for cheap blank high quality tees for printing, let the High Quality Blank T-Shirts – 2021 Style Guide be your ultimate reference when coming to your decision. At BlankStyle.com, creating an account is not required for purchase. In addition, there is no minimum on orders for shipping on our wholesale cheap blank t-shirts. Purchasing high quality blank t-shirts for printing has never been so easy!

Direct to garment, straight from Bryson’s brain and onto custom shirts

Alabama artist Bryson Thurston was kicked out of his high school art class. Now he’s a self-made, full-time artist, known for his bright, poppy colors, whimsical characters, and uplifting spiritual themes. Bryson has been using Blankstyle.com for a little over a year now, printing his colorful illustrations onto equally colorful hoodies and sweatshirts with direct to garment (DTG) printing.

Artist Bryson Thurston surrounded on a river bank by his whimsical art

“I love seeing people wearing my designs and the reactions they get! 

I use my custom printed shirts to promote my art and people just love wearing it! It makes people so happy!”

What is direct to garment shirt printing vs screen printing?

You probably already know the basic idea behind screen printing. Simply put, a design is added to a garment in layers using a separate screen for each color in the design. But, when producing designs with many colors, more layers/screens are needed. When more screens are needed, the production cost increases.

In contrast, DTG works much like your at-home printer, printing the complete design in one pass. Because of this one-step process, DTG t shirt printing can be more cost-effective for our customers like Bryson who want to create apparel with very colorful designs.

Artist Bryson Thurston wearing his art as Direct to Garment print on Cotton Heritage MC1082 Vintage White T Shirt
Artist Bryson Thurston wearing his art as Direct to Garment print on Champion T137 Raglan Baseball Tee

(Bryson is wearing Cotton Heritage MC1082 and Champion T137 above.)

We’re all here for a short time yet we can plant so many seeds in our lifetime.

I use my art to plant seeds of joy, love, healing, and hope, among many others! Those seeds have the potential to grow into something far more beautiful than we ever imagined!

Bryson’s favorites for custom printed sweatshirts?

“I really like the brands Cotton Heritage and Independent Trading Co. They’re both of superb quality and worth every penny.”

Bryson used direct to garment printing on the Cotton Heritage U2690 hoodie and the Independent Trading Co PRM3500 crewneck sweatshirt, both shown here.

Artist Bryson Thurston wearing his art as Direct to Garment print on Cotton Heritage U2690 Sponge Fleece Hoodie
Man on bike wearing beanie and Bryson Thurston art as Direct to Garment print on Independent Trading Co PRM3500 Crew Neck Sweatshirt

Is direct to garment printing right for you?

DTG printing is great for large designs with many colors and is great for printing photographic images onto apparel. However, it’s not without its limitations. Most importantly, DTG must be used with 100% cotton or 100% cotton-faced fabric. Because the ink used is water-based, it cannot adhere to unnatural fibers like polyester.

Which is better, DTG or screen printing?

Learn more about the pros and cons of both printing options HERE. Still have questions? Reach us via chat or by calling 866-792-5265. Our team is available to answer any of your custom printing questions!

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Custom screen print shirts for Canadian wellness company WETREAT

If you are on the fence about buying custom screen print shirts for your business then read on! The Blankstyle team reached out to WETREAT to learn more about what they do and how they use custom screen printing to enhance their business & build a sense of community. 


Tell us about your business! What is WETREAT?

“WETREAT is a Quebec company that organizes yoga, fitness, and wellness retreats. Through immersive experiences in nature, we want to allow participants to break away from everyday life, to facilitate the work of insight and connection to oneself. In effect, it is a perfect getaway where you explore and discover your full physical and mental potential through the practice of yoga, training, and introspection.

Two athletic women in hoodies wearing WETREAT custom screen print shirts by blankstyle.com

What made you decide on blankstyle.com for your custom printed sweatshirts?

We wanted to create a product collection that people could buy at retreats as souvenirs and, above all, create a sense of belonging to our business. BLANKSTYLE really has a great variety of products in addition to a simple and efficient service. We quickly found the perfect hoodie and crew neck for our community.

Man wearing custom crewneck sweatshirt from blankstyle.com that says "We flow. We Sweat. We grow." by WETREAT

What would you say to other business owners considering blankstyle.com for custom design sweatshirts?

“We really had a great experience working with Blankstyle. Their online system is user-friendly and the delivery was fast. Additionally, we really love our custom printed hoodies and custom crewneck sweatshirts – they are sooo soft and comfy!! Anyone who tries them buys one.”

Closeup of woman wearing customized Bella + Canvas 3901 cropped hoodie from blankstyle.com that says "We flow. We Sweat. We grow." by WETREAT
Rear view of man wearing custom printed crewneck sweatshirt with WETREAT logo by blankstyle.com

(WETREAT loves the Bella+Canvas 3901 for their custom crewneck designs and the Bella+Canvas 7502 for their custom hoodie design.)


Now that you’ve started your business it’s time to build a community around it.

Custom screen print shirts are a great way to build awareness around your brand. Furthermore, they build a sense of belonging to your client base. When your customers buy your high-quality branded apparel, you get free advertising every time they wear it. Not only that, but you also earn money off of it! It’s a double-win.

Ready to custom screen print shirts for your business?

Generate an instant quote today! Just add items to your shopping cart, then click “Add a Decoration” and follow the steps.

Still have questions? Reach us via chat or by calling 866-792-5265. Our production team is ready to help you emphasize your brand with custom apparel!

When you order custom shirts you receive FREE SHIPPING!

All custom apparel orders ship free within the United States! Learn more about our custom apparel services at https://www.blankstyle.com/custom-apparel.


Custom Logo Face Masks by Blankstyle

“Wallet, keys, phone…facemask”

This is the new morning mantra before leaving the house. Now that we find ourselves in this new normal, where face masks are an everyday essential wear, we should also have the option to design our own custom logo face masks right? Customized face masks are great for small businesses, apparel companies, and grocery stores. We have even helped supply custom face masks to US Treasury Banks. Making your own custom printed face mask could not be any easier when you shop at Blankstyle.com

Your Logo, Your Customized Face Mask

Have a logo already? Awesome! Simply visit Blankstyle Face Masks to view your mask options. You may add your choice of face mask to the shopping cart and select Add Decoration. From there you will be able to upload your own graphic for your face mask. Blankstyle’s art department will generate a digital mock-up for your custom logo face mask and we will not print until you are 100% satisfied with your digital mock up. This way we know that you will be 100% satisfied with your custom face masks. Check out some of these custom face masks we have recently done!

Wholesale Custom Face Masks – Which Do I Choose?

With so many mask options, you might be unsure of which mask to use for your custom printed face mask. At Blankstyle we’re happy to throw you a bone! You might consider this face mask fan favorite ST2020 Face Mask. We have seen a great number of our customers use this mask style time and time again as their go-to for wholesale custom face masks. The ST2020 Face Mask is a 100% cotton 2-ply cloth face mask, which is the perfect selection for those looking to customize face masks themselves. However, Blankstyle is always happy to do the printing for you!

DTG vs Screenprinting and which one is better?

DTG Printing: The Future of printing?

You might be asking yourself, “what the heck even is a DTG?” DTG stands for Direct to Garment. In other words, a digital printer much like the one you have in your office, but bigger. Try and imagine if you will, a desktop printer that prints directly onto a t-shirt! Pretty cool huh? For the last 12 years, DTG printing has been the “the kid” on the block. Over the years, DTG technology has made great advances. Thus positioning itself as a top player in the garment decoration industry. DTG seems to be the newer hot printing process, however, each print method has its pros and cons. Join me while we discuss and finally discover: DTG vs Screen printing and which one is better!

In 1996, an engineer by the name Matt Rhome invented the DTG printer. However, the new print process would not catch much traction until Brother put out its own DTG printer in 2004. Big corporations such as Brother, Epson & Ricoh have thrown their hat into the DTG arena. The process of DTG entails loading a single t-shirt onto a platen or table and then sending a print job from a Rasterize Image Processing program. Once the DTG printer receives the print job, you press the PRINT button and you’re off to the races. The size of the print and the settings used will dictate how long the print will take. Typically you can have a small print completed in 40 seconds or a big print completed in up to 2 and a half minutes.

Because the DTG t-shirt printing process is fully digital, this means you can print photographic images in less than a minute (if on a light t-shirt). Achieving the same effect through traditional screen printing would entail much more work (several screens/inks required). THIS is the beauty of DTG t-shirt printing; convenience and time saved (in some cases)

Pros of DTG:

  • Usually easy to get into business with  a DTG machine as they are affordable to most business owners
  • You don’t need a lot of space (basically a desktop machine)
  • Easy setup
  • Great for printing photographic images

Cons of DTG t-shirt printing:

  • Must print on 100% cotton fabric as waterbased inks will only adhere to natural fibers
  • Any image that includes white ink, the garment then MUST be pretreated with a special pretreatment liquid. This pretreat makes it so that the white ink bonds do your t-shirt. Without the pretreat, the white ink will just fall and bleed right into the shirt and the results will not be favorable.
  • If too much pretreat is applied to the shirt, this may cause staining to the garment. If too little pretreat is applied, the white ink will not adhere to the shirt and the print will be ruined.
  • When printing on dark shirts, it will first print a white layer of ink or “Underbase Layer” and then the color on top. This two-layer process, depending on the size of the image can take anywhere from 2 to 4 minutes per print (far exceeding the time it would have taken to screenprint in some cases)
  • Maintenance of the DTG machine is a huge factor when it comes to the print quality and life of the printer. Without proper maintenance, the DTG printer will yield poor print results (banded lines through print, missing color, fuzzy prints, print head clogs). Lack of maintenance could be a high cost in repair, should a print head or ink tub clog.  DTG machines are a use it or lose it type of equipment in that if the machine is left sitting with ink in the system and not being used, the machine will most likely clog and will require time and money in repairs in most cases.

Screenprinting: A process tried and true

Screen printing, on the other hand, is as old as dirt! Not quite but almost! You might be surprised that the screen print process has been dated as far back as 960-1279 AD. This print method was used in China around the time of the Song Dynasty. Screen printing made it’s way to the western world during the 18th century but did not become as popular in Europe until silk mesh easily accessible. Let us time travel to the present time where today we have screen printing very much dialed in with photo-reactive chemicals and equipment to make the process much easier.

With screen printing, 1 screen must be created per color within the graphic to be printed. So you’ll find that screen printers tend to base pricing based on how many colors are within the image. If you have a great deal of color within your graphic, this could more than likely drive up the cost significantly. Because with screen printing plastisol ink is the main type of ink used, you can expect the life of the print to really go along way, decades even! The quality usually has a texture to it that you can definitely feel, and visually the quality is very favorable. Nice and solid!

While screen printing is a manual process of a squeegee pulling ink across mesh screen of negative space, these days, there are automatic presses that will do most of the work for you, which is a screen printer’s dream! However one would still need to set up the t-shirts and create/set up the screens which do take some time. After screen setup, you’re ready to rock and print very easily.  

Pros of screen printing:

  • A tried and true process
  • Solid quality print that will last a very long time
  • You can print 1 color print lightning fast
  • Various types of plastisol ink can be used (glow, puff & metallic ink)

Cons of screen printing:

  • 1 color per screen, multiple colors will result in higher price
  • Longer set up a time
  • Messy cleanup
  • Lots of expensive equipment needed
  • You must learn how to use all of the equipment
  • You need a lot of space for all of the equipment

So DTG vs Screenprinting, which one is better? This question actually cannot be definitively answered as both processes are great for different things! Instead of asking which print process is better, ask yourself, “which print process is best for this graphic?”.  If you have a photographic image with tons of color, this is not a graphic you will want to screenprint has you will need to generate many screens to even get close to an accurate depiction of what the actual image is. DTG would be a far greater option to consider for a very colorful image.

Now say you have a 1 color graphic on dark shirts, which print process would you choose?? If you answered “screenprinting” you are correct! Screen printing would be the preferred print method as you will easily be able to knock out the print job as fast as you can pull a squeegee across the screen.

Questions to ask yourself

While both print processes have their own pros and cons, as do most things in life, you want to look at your graphic/print job and ask yourself the following questions.

  • Is this a high quantity order
  • Does this have minimal color

Then it is probably a screenprint job.

  • Does this print job have a low qty
  • Is this graphic over 5 colors

Then you’re most likely looking at a DTG job.

At any rate, you can always reach out to us at Blanskstyle.com to help steer you in the right direction should you have these questions regarding which print method would be best for your design or project. Once you submit a quote on Blankstyle we will review your print order and from there we will be better able to determine which print method would be the best to proceed with. We would be more than happy to help point you in the right direction.