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Types Of Printing We Do

Our Printing Styles

Not all custom printing is created equal and it’s important to understand the different types of printing there are so that you can properly choose the method that will work best for your needs.

At One Hour Tees, we offer a few different styles of T-Shirt printing at our Chicago location that varies depending on what you’re looking for. Regardless of which one you choose, you can count on high quality, professional finished products that are ideal for events, group outings, teams and just for fun!

Sometimes the differences between printing methods is obvious, like embroidery, for example. We all know that embroidery is stitched directly into a garment, where as a heat transfer is just that, a poly-based material that is heated up in order to apply it to t-shirts.

But what about Direct to Garment Printing and Screen Printing, do you know the difference?

Direct to Garment Printing (DTG)

DTG printing is one of the newest printing technologies that we utilize at One Hour Tees. Direct to Garment Printing is exactly what it sounds like, it’s a way for us to print your designs, logos, and images directly on to a custom t-shirt in the same way that you would print out something at home.

By utilizing a specialized ink jet printer, we can feed your t-shirts through the machine and print directly on to the shirt, which allows us to create custom t-shirts with a smooth image that won’t peel or crack over time.

DTG is a great option for smaller t-shirt runs as well as t-shirts that may have more complicated designs, as opposed to screen printing, which we’ll talk about more below.

Direct to Garment printing is just one of the latest ways that we can help produce the best looking custom t-shirts, using any color you can imagine, all while keeping the costs as low as possible.

If you’re looking to print a small run of t-shirts and/or have a more complicated design, DTG is definitely the way to go.

Screen Printing

Screen printing is the more traditional approach to printing custom t-shirts, however it is limited, as we mentioned above.

Screen printing uses a thick layer of ink that is pressed through a stencil and directly on to the t-shirt. It’s kind of like dying just a portion of the t-shirt where your design is. Because of that, your design will appear slightly raised off of the surface of the t-shirt, unlike DTG, which will appear as if it were printed directly on the shirt itself.

Screen printing is best used for simpler designs that do not use a lot of color as well as being better for large batches as opposed to printing as needed, or printing a very small batch, at which DTG is better.

And while it may seem that screen printing is inferior to Direct to Garment printing, it still has its benefits, especially if you’re printing a large amount of shirts.

One Hour Tees does require a minimum order of 25 pieces in order to utilize the screen printing method due to the fact that there is a lot of setup involved.

If you would like to learn more about our screen printing options please feel free to contact us today.


At One Hour Tees we don’t just offer custom printing, we also offer custom embroidery.

Embroidery is the process of taking color threads and stitching them directly into the garment in order to create the design you are looking for. Traditionally found on polo shirts and baseball hats, embroidery offers a more professional look than a screen print or DTG. In addition to looking more professional, the colors are sure to stay vibrant for a long time.

As with screen printing jobs, we do require a 25 piece minimum order for all embroidery jobs due to the setup process for this method.

If you have questions regarding our embroidery process, please feel free to contact us today.

Heat Transfer

Thinking about adding your name or number to the back of your softball jersey this summer? One Hour Tees offers heat transfers in addition to our custom printing.

While not a true printing method, we can also apply heat transfers for customizing names and numbers, jersey-style, on mesh or poly-based materials. We occasionally use Plastisol Screen Print Transfers for apparel as well.

We do require a 25 piece minimum for heat transfers if you decide to go with this method.

So that’s it!

Those are the various methods of t-shirt customization that we offer at One Hour Tees.

So whether you’re looking for 1,000 custom screen printed t-shirts, just a few custom t-shirts with an ornate design, custom embroidery, or jersey names and numbers, we have a solution for all of them.

For more information on all of our processes, please don’t hesitate to contact us today.

To learn which style of printing would be right for your order, stop in or call us today at 773-687-0520. We also serve in New York, Los Angeles, Houston, Philadelphia, Austin, San Francisco, Seattle, St Louis, Miami and Atlanta areas.