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MUST KNOW Before T Shirt Printing | DTG VS Screen Printing

November 1, 2019


what’s going on guys welcome to part
number two of starting a clothing line from scratch in the first video we did a
collaborative work with a man mark Mendo but we actually dived into everything in
regards to the designing and the branding of your clothing line and in
this video we’re gonna dive into everything associated with actually
making your products that means the printing process of this and more
importantly we’re gonna dive into the differences between DTG and screen
printing so in this video you guys are going to learn all of that if you’re a
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business from the ground up alright let’s head aside and let’s jump into
everything that you’re gonna need to know in order to build and print and
make your products from the ground up let’s do it so today we’re actually
coming into inks apparel with the man Julian who’s a manager of this location
they do a variety of different printing what up dude thanks for coming out
thanks for having us out here for sure it’s so like I sent a couple files over
to you a few days ago in regards to the printing what we’re gonna need and I
just wanted to go over that stuff with you guys and kind of share your
knowledge and your your insight into the printing process and what people may
need to know before they start a production run right yeah we did receive
the files and if you come back and show your samples going so this is the follow
you guys site Sydney which is actually a great great quality file as a EPS file
which it’s a vector makes things a whole lot easier but get a lot of people in
here they’re bringing these files that are JPEGs and pictures and they want us
to come in and do magic what I mean you know
it’s just it’s not possible it’s impossible to you know get a quality
print right out of a father-son correct all right so like what’s the difference
between having like a like like a JPEG and having an EPS or a vector file well
outlines picture a JPEG or something like that so it’s an actual picture so
the more you stretch it the quality’s just not gonna be United it’s gonna look
bad so it’ll look like our myspace profile pictures from like backing back
I don’t know if you guys have myspace or not but those uh those photos look
pretty bad if you try to log in I think they just deleted all of them what what
are some of the things that you guys look for an artwork for printing wise
like is obviously you want it to be in vector but is there like a certain color
scheme or PMS codes I should be associated or anything like that when it
comes to the colors absolutely you do want us to hit a certain color we would
require you to bring the PMS colors or put them in the file we can take it from
there got it so then how do you guys like
going about actually making those those mixes in the back is it like a certain
table that’s like Universal so whether you’re working with you guys we’re
working with somebody else those PMS colors are universal to
everybody they are they are they it’s a it’s a Pantone mix everybody falls the
same formula it’s – all done by weight so so we got we got good working files
so then from here we literally what’s what’s the next stage after they send
you the working art files well after this prints of film after we get the
film print it out we put them on the screens and burn the screens oh cool
let’s let’s go check out that process and so we got the screen alright guys so
we just burned this screen for you fresh off the exposure unit that’s the process
that you do after you get your artwork set up you get your colors separated
then you go to your computer you print out a film and you burn it in the
exposure unit what’s going on right here the process of this is you have a blank
screen and it’s gonna be the color of the of the silk right here you have to
spread your emulsion it you take your film you tape it up and the film is
pretty much just going to be a clear film with black ink once you burn it it
burns that image right into the screen you take a pressure washer and you wash
it and this part is gonna start falling off and then you get your nice image
that you see here for the purpose of this video we wanted to make sure that
we just jumped right into the action of it so you guys can see the screens are
already ready for us to use and she’s gonna show us how to this how this stuff
actually loads up in the t-shirt printer and design you want to make sure you get
center as possible the first screen is gonna be the easiest to do its lining up
the colors after it that’s the tricky part you got to register it and make
sure all your colors line up or it’ll look like a mess so for this machine all
you do here once you load it in just set the clamps and you’re ready to rock and
roll oh so then is that the reason why that you guys like when it comes to
screen printing there’s so many minimum order quantities is because of the setup
takes quite a bit uh it’s not as easy as you know I just made it look a single
color jobs will be that easy but it gets a little more complicated once you have
multiple colors we put these little registration marks here to make it easy
when you lift the the platen up through the screen
you can make sure all the colors are lining up but even still that’s a little
hard that’s why you have your micro adjustments here so you can just kind of
you know inch in front back side to side whatever you need to do alright so when
it comes to screen printing you gotta have multiple screens if you’re doing
multiple colors exactly you have to have it’s one color per screen essentially so
if it’s a full color job you know we’ll have all these uh heads filled up here
all for one design so that’s that’s the key part of t-shirt printing is that if
the more colors that you want to have in your design the more screens you gotta
have a little bit more cost right for each screen that you guys are creating
because if that burning process is associated with each step of the design
right exactly got it so then you guys used to have a DTG printer here too
right yes actually started out with DTG and we had just sold our machine it’s a
bit of a finicky process the whole pretreatment and holding up in the wash
and uh but I mean each each method has its place in the market this is good for
volume for sure you can you know bang out hundreds of shirts an hour
the DTG realistically you could do about ten full size images in hours so you can
see where that would be a bit of a problem if you have more you know
high-volume business but uh you know we do get people walking in that just want
one offs or small orders or you know something full-color and they don’t want
to pay you know the $25 per screen set up for you so it has its place but you
know this is a little bit better for our sleeve here because you guys this
business is primarily more large revolving business right guys so the
t-shirt printing is a really easy add-on to your services that make sounds cool
so then so what happens after the screen is set how do you guys choose what type
of inks somebody should use oh not now what type of inks boy what type of
printing method whether it’s plaster saw maybe water-based or discharge like how
do you guys decide on that so we actually currently only do a plastic off
we haven’t gotten into the water-based yet although I want to because it’s more
environmentally friendly but it’s a lot more difficult of a process and we just
didn’t want to get into that yeah so we only do plasma and plasma cells real
straightforward and that’s what we’re doing today right and it’s long lasting
– I think it’s gonna last you like got it got it got it so yes guys there’s
those three major ones is obviously plastics off water-based and you have
discharge as well but a lot of shops I would say really focus
plastisol yeah and it’s very straightforward and it’s a really good
quality garment so when it comes to like what would you say is something that
compares with the quality of DTG when it comes to screen printing would you say
that the plastic saw can also mimic the DTG or oh yeah commitment get for sure
justice it really just lies in the difference between those is the wash
ability and how long it’s going to hold up got it cool so let’s uh let’s dive
into some of this printing what was next alright so next pretty much we just
gotta load the squeegee up we got a slap thank God and we can get
rolling here oh we’re just gonna do a little sample run here have an old shirt
to use so we don’t really have to line it up or anything but you guys usually
do a sample run every design you guys bring in we have boxes of shirts called
thirds that we got some Sun apparel that are like damaged shirt oh yeah holes in
there how much how much do these want to run you guys like like when it comes to
the seconds like this for the entire box like how many pennies or how many cents
a shirt I mean you get like 80 something shirts for 17 dollars oh she was a way
to do it really they sell felt pads and stuff you could do but those are not
using found this out we’re like way to go okay so we’re gonna run this over
here you’ve got to make sure this bottom part is lined up with that little
bracket there table whistle it’s up it’s gonna be a
bad thing at this I’m lined up at least a little bit so this is printed one so
I’m gonna come here I’m gonna flip on printer one we’re gonna send a sample
print really quick now this here we’re just doing this to get the color
register so right now our white screen setup and then there’s gonna be orange
in the design so once we do the white we tend to be two coats so let’s send that
right now then we’re gonna go out try the white once it’s dried we’re gonna
send it on over to the orange screen and we’re gonna raise the sail up so the
Pala is right against the screen you’re gonna be able to see the registration
mark and on the orange screen you’re gonna try to line it up as best as you
can so now I’m gonna send the flash that’s
really cool you guys have it right here you don’t
have to move it or anything let’s go totally dry those light bulbs
are so freakin hot all right I was really cool the first products now we do
two passes there usually it looks like that but it’s fine once you go to lay
the orange on top it’ll be all right over here to the orange screen our
master registration man Julian’s gonna line this up for us so right now we have
the white lay down on the shirt so we’re gonna go ahead and lift our table and
now we can see where we’re at here so we come in and align the screen but once
this is set once you guys set it for the first one it’s good for all the others
who just run it through but even when they came to like DTG printing you guys
still had a lot of adjustments to make for each design right like when it came
to using btg you guys had to do a lot of like adjustments to the actual design
sometimes for this we’re all done in the computer know those are adjustments you
make pride in the file when in the ripping
state a stage of the process right I suppose – these are all manual
adjustments here what were some of the challenges you guys had with running at
btg like the learning curves or like some of the challenges you guys had was
running a director gamma printer learning curve is huge I spent about six
months doing nothing but that and I finally just kind of gave up on it uh
it’s really uh you have to be testing on your garments before you send them out
or a little crack they’ll peel they’ll fade weird things will happen in it I
mean I kept pages and pages of notes and you just get to a point where you want
to deal with more volume and this stuff is kind of just like the DTG it’s kind
of like yeah it’s it’s it’s too much I can’t focus on other things if I’m doing
this and let’s you our experience and you know what you’re doing so I that was
a huge challenge I personally wanted to keep the Machine because I see the place
for it but we wanted to always downgrade to save on cost what’s been a learning
curve with screen printing so far you have to be able to look at a design and
know what colors you want to print first that was kind of a learning curve for us
in the beginning we used to use the heat press and for like certain brands of
inks if you put too much pressure it’s just gonna spread the ink I mean it’s
it’s just when you think you got it another thing happens so then that’s
what much of DCG for sure we’re already kind of like rock and roll in the ditch
but still learning and that way it looks a little dull
because you know when you first get going well everybody does is they’ll
heat up the platen under that flash because the white is so thick that no
one we’re gonna have it look like that until it’s a little more humid see even
when you know you messed around with this for a while and you think okay I
got it I walked by that little yeah so now that we’ve got the screen set up and
the ink is ready to go we’re ready to start the production with the designs
and the styles that we brought from Val canvas so the reason that we want with
Bella is the different styles that they have for the fast fashion collection as
well as a consistency in print as long as you get it from a reputable supplier
you’ll know that you’ll be able to get good ink and good print on the designs
that you’re going with so now that we got this thing started let’s get it so
now that everything is set up what’s next all right we got this shirt loaded
on the eyelet here and we’re gonna get ready to uh sure
but it was like I’d go anywhere and I got all my environment set up I’m gonna
double-check so we went from testing a couple shirts to now running the
production of it and this should be pretty straightforward because you guys can see it’s literally
taking all the measurements everything that was set for the for the test run is
now being applied to the actual run and these things will just shift and
complete the design so the setup is what takes a little bit longer when it comes
to t-shirt printing but your cost is gonna be lower due to the volume and you
guys are doing a great job making it making it come out the way that we
designed it so while we’re waiting for the printers to complete the shirts
Julien what are the services as entrepreneurs or apparel brand owners
what are the things should they be on the lookout in order to brand and market
their business and what type of things do you guys have available in-house
well absolutely you’re going to eat lots of marketing to promote your brand and
here we offer so this machine does what full-color
color so then like you guys are able to print the entire entire floor that’s
awesome so this machine does it all inside how does the components of this
thing look like it’s like a big-ass DTG printer for for
everything for colors plus white clean you know that’s crazy and look at the
belt on that thing I think so just like slides through this thing is just
sliding through printing on something that’s legit that’s awesome so then you
guys also have business card printing right direct mailings Flyers postcards
anything marketing related that you are going to me so one of the things that
that we’re looking at right here is the actual cutter for the business card
itself right correct so you just put this big stack of printed materials that
you guys made on a different machine and now it’s just cutting it automatically
once you get done printing if you print on full-sized sheet mm-hmm and then you
come down and finish it and cut it down into the finished product size all right
you guys so now that we got the printing completed I want to jump into the
reasons and the details as to why I chose screen printing versus DTG but
before we get into that I just want to highlight some of the pros to screen
printing now look this design that we had all the designs that we had we’re
essentially just a two color design we had an orange and a white which is the
designs that Mendo created so they came out super clean in a screen printing
design and what I want to do right now is actually just put one of these on so
let me just grab this one right here and as you guys can see super important for
you to have very crisp artwork in order for the designs to come out on the shirt
I’m very happy with how bright the whites came up against the black and the
darker shirts which is a pro too actually doing screen printing versus
the DTG even though you can get really bright colors with DTG as well it never
comes out as super bright as maybe a an actual screen printed design would now
another pro to actually using screen printing versus vtg is the fact that
your cost and your price points are significantly lower than they would be
if you’re printing with a direct-to-garment printer now the reason
for that guys as we discussed is the fact that even though you have a higher
upfront cost when you’re going to screen printing like your setup fees that are
involved you guys saw the process of making screens the adjustments of
actually getting that order ready everything takes a little bit of time
and you’re essentially ordering in bulk which is the reason that it gives you a
significant discount versus going to a direct to garment printer and having to
print one by one now the setup to direct-to-garment printing is a lot more
straightforward a lot of it has to do with setting it up on the computer side
of things and just kind of doing the pretreatment and as long as the printer
knows what they’re doing you’re gonna get a good quality print but if you’re
still if you’re considering I’m like doing it yourself with a direct to
garment printer there’s always gonna be a learning curve to making sure that
that pretreatment and everything that you do is going to work out so that is a
pro to t-shirt printing with screen printing is the fact that you could
essentially just use a plastisol ink burn some of the screens and there’s a
minimal learning curve and you can get up and running and get a bunch of
designs printed out of way lower cost and you would with direct-to-garment
printing now the reason for that of course is the
volume and that’s something that you have to consider if you’re gonna be
doing screen printing is you need to know that you got to order at least
fifty to a hundred shirts of a single color or maybe a two color design in
order for you guys to get those price breaks so the reason that I chose screen
printing with these designs is because I already knew where these designs and
where these shirts that we ordered we’re gonna go I know that they’re gonna go to
the ground up community the people that subscribe to from the ground up Academy
and I knew that we were gonna have a market where we can use
ship them to so for us and made a lot more sense to reduce our cost by
ordering in bulk and versus going to a direct to garment printing and paying a
higher upfront costs for each individual product now when it comes to creating
your screens everything’s already made so you already have that you already
have that one-time cost that you can continue to reuse as you reorder your
designs as long as the designs stay consistent you don’t get charged a whole
new fee and each time you go back to the printer all right so if you’re gonna
order in volume just make sure that you already have a distribution method
meaning a way for the shirts to get out if you’re testing ideas and you just
kind of want to know like okay is this design gonna do good then definitely
consider direct-to-garment printing director garment printing allows you to
print full-color and it’s not a crazy design and a crazy length of time and
they’re not gonna require that you order you know hundred shirts of that design
in order for them to print em for you so that is the reason why I chose screen
printing for these designs and I really appreciate you guys for watching this
video this is a part of the series we’re starting a clothing line from scratch so
if you guys have any recommendations on where we should go with this video leave
them in the comments down below I want to expand on this topic but we really
need to hear some of your questions your comments and your concerns in order for
us to take the next video in the direction that you guys see fit right
and more importantly huge shoutouts to my inked apparel – I am Mendo from endo
creative and – Bella canvas for making this video possible and to continue
helping us build this community and build the resources that we continue to
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next video bye from the ground up

34 Comments

  • Reply Song Bey September 15, 2019 at 5:33 pm

    Big fan of you sir…… Keep up the good work ๐Ÿ‘

  • Reply PJAY Pena September 15, 2019 at 5:58 pm

    Good video bro I am just starting. I have been watching your videos. I started to purchase a dtg but think the automatic screen printing will be more profitable.

  • Reply RAMON GARCIA September 15, 2019 at 7:11 pm

    make video on how to add brand labels to tshirts and other garments. thank you and different types and methods to add make and add the labels or tag.

  • Reply Tammy September 15, 2019 at 7:27 pm

    ive been waiting for part 2 thanks a lot

  • Reply Metalzone September 15, 2019 at 7:43 pm

    Thank you so much for your hard work in producing great quality content for us. I have been learning from your videos! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

  • Reply Milan Drobnjakovic September 15, 2019 at 7:49 pm

    I would like to see more about cut & sew sublimation printing. Any chance you got content about that? Great video btw ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply CarlosTiscareno September 16, 2019 at 1:40 am

    Excellent vid on T Shirt printing! When starting a new brand, would it be wiser to go with DTG printing initially if starting out with print on demand?

  • Reply LUSIORA REM September 16, 2019 at 2:34 am

    Thank you very much for your video. My biggest problem is not the production, since here in Mexico it is much cheaper. The major problem is the way of sale. For me, which I am beginning, it is extremely frustrating, so I ask you for a lot of help and information with this topic. Sorry for the translator, I don't speak English.

  • Reply to be September 16, 2019 at 5:27 am

    What about the new DTG printers that run over 100 Tโ€™s per hour? Are they too expensive comparing to this screen printing machine?

  • Reply Silent Observer September 16, 2019 at 7:25 am

    Dtg vs heat press vs screen printing, which is the best to print a t Shirt, that will be used on the daily basis
    And one more question, how does nike and adidas make their t Shirt print, do they use DTG?

  • Reply Freddy Garcia September 16, 2019 at 8:36 am

    Im really enjoying this kind of content. These videos are giving the viewer an inside perspective on what really goes down. I would like to see how you setup an online store/website and a marketing video would be dope as well. Thanks for sharing some knowledge on your videos!!!

  • Reply Vaalotu Iakopo September 16, 2019 at 1:54 pm

    Thanks bro for the video ๐Ÿ‘. So much free information in one video

  • Reply Reyes The Entrepreneur September 16, 2019 at 5:48 pm

    Nice video. Thanks for the information

  • Reply FS-Latest September 16, 2019 at 10:00 pm

    Bro you should come to my job at simply southern here in Greensboro NC we have 14 presses

  • Reply Brian Rollins September 17, 2019 at 12:07 am

    Everthing has pros n cons..hate these videos…ppl just doin it for views n likes..๐Ÿ‘Ž๐Ÿ‘Ž๐Ÿ‘Ž๐Ÿ‘Ž

  • Reply Estevan Romero September 17, 2019 at 4:07 pm

    did she say 10 shirts an hour with DTG? that seems super low with the machines on the market today. large designs on dark shirts can be printed in a few minutes and cured in 60-90 seconds. great video, but the screen print lady seemed biased or incorrect in her numbers

  • Reply Avancer Art Group September 19, 2019 at 1:05 am

    Dope video bro! Incredibly informative

  • Reply Curtis Neuman Design September 19, 2019 at 3:03 am

    Vectors are mathematics-based where jpg, png, etc are image based. Vectors, like the guy said are able to blow up as big as you want them to.

  • Reply Curt Oliver September 20, 2019 at 12:22 am

    Let me know what brand press that is, so I can stay away from it. If it's not a chopper style flood and squeegee system, I don't want it.

  • Reply mighty quinn September 20, 2019 at 3:52 am

    Where can you find the cheap damaged t shirtst

  • Reply Anthony Lasquite September 20, 2019 at 12:31 pm

    Sir cant be apply,silkscreen printer here in philippines..

  • Reply David Waldman September 21, 2019 at 12:12 am

    Stop by i'll show we do things !!!

  • Reply Dam September 21, 2019 at 2:59 am

    Hey, love your videos, but I go a question, what about the trademarking?

  • Reply Maud Inc Maud Inc September 21, 2019 at 12:55 pm

    How can I get the damage shirt for sample?

  • Reply Ronit Sarkar September 22, 2019 at 11:29 pm

    What is the difference between cmyk process and simulated spot color process in screen printing?

  • Reply THE BENTLEY SMART September 26, 2019 at 7:52 am

    I just want to say thank you for all you guys do man! It has helped me in every step of my journey and i always watch what you say before making decisions. Much love and success

  • Reply Mrโ™คSir October 2, 2019 at 12:34 pm

    No DTG for me.

  • Reply Njuru Mwangi October 14, 2019 at 10:38 pm

    The lady is so beautiful ๐Ÿ˜ ๐Ÿ˜ ๐Ÿ˜

  • Reply Print god llc October 17, 2019 at 2:09 pm

    Great video

  • Reply Jay October 19, 2019 at 8:55 am

    Great video!!! Thanks.

  • Reply Vancity Street Art October 21, 2019 at 11:13 pm

    if that egg head dude can make it work anyone can …im talking about the dude with the hat lol

  • Reply GuSuBu Tribe October 23, 2019 at 2:57 pm

    DTG is a complete ripoff. Plenty of truth out there about how it costs more money than the average person will make selling shirts. This industry is HAMMERED with young startups.. Dont waste your money if you have a limited budget. The amount of wasted materials by both silk screening AND DTG can really hit your pocket if your garments are slow to sell. The machine has to flush to stay clean, and the silk screen process costs at all levels including labor, water, screens, frames, etc.

  • Reply Jyhit October 27, 2019 at 11:06 pm

    15:08 We said "No shit" at the same time!!

  • Reply kevin wallis October 29, 2019 at 4:02 pm

    one thing you left out was the cost of buying each set up. the DTG machines were about 25.000. I bought a major brand screen printing machine that can do 6 colors with everything needed to print (not counting the epson printer) for 5,700.

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