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T-Shirt Design with Heat Transfer Viny

If you are under distress about the size of your custom t shirts design when you have a lot of different sizes to create, this article will help you in lay-outing different shirt sizes. At first, you would be terrified over the thought that your size may become way off the actual size or it would be much smaller than the shirt. In order to avoid that horror, you should know the different sizing first.

Adult Classic Standard Shirts and Designs

Shirt Widths

  • Small – 18”
  • Medium – 20”
  • Large – 22”
  • XL – 24”
  • 2XL – 26”
  • 3XL – 28”
  • 4XL – 30”

Design Widths

This list shows the optimal and maximum width of your shirt design:

  • Small – 9.5” to 10.5”
  • Medium – 10” to 11”
  • Large – 10.5” to 11.5”
  • XL – 11” to 12”
  • 2XL – 12.5” to 13.5”
  • 3XL – 13” to 14”
  • 4XL – 13.5” to 14.5”

Youth Classic Standard Shirts and Designs

Shirt Widths

  • XS – 16”
  • Small – 17”
  • Medium – 18”
  • Large – 19”
  • XL – 20”

Design Widths

This list shows the optimal and maximum width of your shirt design:

  • XS – 8.5” to 9.5”
  • Small – 9” to 10”
  • Medium – 9.5” to 10.5”
  • Large – 10” to 10.5”
  • XL – 10” to 11”

Keep in mind that all custom Tshirts don’t precisely have the same measurements. They may vary from their brands and manufacturers. Be sure to measure your t-shirt to achieve accuracy with your design. You may even use a draft paper for your initial design as a test design before cutting your vinyl.

How to Print Your Design

Materials Needed

  • T-shirt
  • Designing Software (Corel Draw, Silhouette Studio, Adobe Photoshop)
  • Cutting Machine
  • Heat Transfer Vinyl
  • Parchment Paper
  • Clear ruler
  • Heat or iron press

1st Step: Create your design using your software. Be sure that the design size matches up with the optimal design of the shirt.

2nd Step: Once your design is finished, you may now print your vinyl design. Make sure you cut them properly without any faulty accident damage to the prints.

3rd Step: Before pressing the vinyl, fold your t-shirt in a longitude way. Iron it to remove moisture, resulting in a crease in the middle as a guide.

4th Step: Using your ruler, measure a distance of 2” to 3” below the shirt’s collar. That is where you should press your printed vinyl.

5th Step: If you are ready to finalize it, put the vinyl on its desired spot on the shirt.

6th Step: Be sure to put a parchment paper on top of it to provide more heat insulation, thus avoiding direct melting of the vinyl and sticking on to the iron press.

7th Step: Heat-press the parchment paper where the printed vinyl is under it. Use about 350 degrees Fahrenheit, and make sure you press for only about 10 to 12 seconds to avoid overdoing it.

8th Step: Remove the iron press and wait for it to cool down for a bit.

9th Step: Slowly remove the parchment paper as well as the vinyl to avoid blots and scattering of the print.

10th Step: Now, your shirt is finished! Set it aside for further natural cooling

Start Your Design Now!

Just remember to follow the sizing guide of the design based on the sizes of the t-shirt mentioned above. Keep in mind that at your first attempts, you might experience difficulties and errors, but through practice and experience, you will be able to perfectly print the design that you want for the t-shirt. The factors that you only need to consider are:

  • Shirt size
  • Design Size
  • Printing quality
  • Heat-press temperature
  • Duration of pressing

Kristina Chandler

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