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Frequently Asked Questions

Which printing methods do we use?

In order to achieve the best possible results in terms of printing quality, we select the most suitable printing technique according to the selected designs and products. Manually configurating your printing technique is therefore not part of the creation process. We however welcome all your enquiries and requests regarding techniques to be used. Should you rather have your products printed in a certain way, please inform our customer service ( or 1-833-395-0374).

The following printing techniques are available:

Digital Direct

Print with computer-operated digital print. Colors are sprayed on and made durable with a hardener. The fabrics can still be felt when touching the design, although the feeling is smoother than when using digital transfer print and therefore more comfortable to wear. Hand-washing guarantees a bright print in the long term resulting in a relaxed “vintage look”. The design looks a bit faded; don’t expect brash colors. This technique is not suitable for prints on breathable products, since they require flex or flock printing.

Digital Transfer

Smooth, slightly shiny print with good print results. The design is put on transparent transfer foil, and then cut out and pressed on the fabrics while applying great heat. What remains is a hardly visible rim of transfer foil. This technique is used strictly for prints on white breathable material, which requires particular handling.

Laser Print

Suitable for printing of accessory fabrics. Smooth, slightly shiny print with brilliant print results. The design is put on transparent transfer foil, and then cut out and pressed on the fabrics while applying great heat. Ideally suited for designs and photos and prints on accessories such as bags, caps and hats.

Flex Printing

Flex is a printing technique where the design is cut from a coloured foil and then pressed onto the shirt under high heat. The printed colors have a slight shine to them and contrast extremely well with fabric. Tests have shown that the form and color of the flex print barely changes after 100 washes. It is made of a flexible and resilient material - even thin lines do not break. The design must be uploaded as a vector graphic.

Flock Printing

Flock is a printing technique where the design is cut from a colored foil and then pressed onto the shirt under high heat. A flock print has a velvety, fuzzy surface. The foil (0.5 mm) is somewhat thicker than flex, which causes the design to appear slightly elevated from the fabric and results in the plush feel. The colors have a soft glow to them. Flock designs retain their color brilliance after many washes. In order to print with Flock, the design must be uploaded as a vector graphic.

You are looking for another printing technique? We might be able to process your order via Spreadshirt's bulk service which offers a wider range of printing techniques. Contact our customer service for more information!

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