The different decoration techniques for customised T-shirts

The customisable T-shirt is an essential tool for communication and promotion. It allows you to highlight your brand, to convey your messages and to express your personality. But do you know how these customised T-shirts are made? And what are the different garment decoration techniques used to create them?

SOL’S invites you to discover the main techniques to customise the T-shirt that meets your goals.

CAD cut vinyl printing

This technique relies on a heat pressure system. First of all, the artwork is cut out from a heat adhesive material, which is then heated by a heat press to adhere to the garment in the chosen place.

This technique is suitable for cotton and polyester products, ideal for adding texture and volume to the printed artwork. It is, for example, widely used for the customisation of sports team kits (football, handball, basketball, etc.).

Digital printing

It basically works in the same way as printing on paper. Using an inkjet printer, the ink is injected directly into the fabric fibre, guaranteeing a lasting customisation.

This technique is mainly suited to cotton products, ideal for artworks with many details and colours as well as for large customisation areas, and recommended for small and medium scale production.

Screen printing

This technique is similar to stencilling, but on a larger scale. A screen representing the shape of the element to be printed is placed on the garment. The ink is then pushed through the screen and transferred to the garment.

This technique allows the production of large quantities at very high speed. It is suitable for all types of products and for bright colours.


This is a high-end technique that can be used for small quantities. The logo or image is embroidered directly onto the garment.

This technique is particularly suited to thick fabrics as well as to medium-sized designs and to all production scales. Embroidery provides a high-quality feel and excellent long-term durability.

Dye sublimation printing

This is the most efficient and economical way to apply high-quality images onto synthetic textiles. This technique retains the initial feel of the material and is very resistant to repeated washing. It is mainly used on light-coloured products since the ink must be darker than the media.

Transfer printing

This is an ideal technique for complex areas, suitable for small quantities or for artworks containing many colours. A very economical procedure, perfect for individual and event-based customisation.