Are you able to screen print an image on the side of a t-shirt or make it look like it wraps arround?

I was wondering if it was posable to take this image1.bp.blogspot.com/_k66MzJ-J1KM/Su_k48fEEFI/AAAAAAAAAnA/47xpNQ_3W5A/s1600-h/model-front-and-back.jpg (photoshoped onto a t-shirt image) and actualy make that happen with the whole wrap arround aspect. It would be much apprecated as i am really am going for that look.

orksecurity8 years ago
If you don't need precise rendering of _exactly_ that image, I think it's possible by making multiple printing passes.

Break the red up into a series of sub-patterns that overlap each other. (Fairly easy with that design, since it's basically a series of stripes and splotches in a single color that don't have a meaningful alignment with each other.) Print those passes -- front, back, left and right sides -- in whatever order seems reasonable. (Actually, it looks like you might not need a separate right-side pass.) Then come back and print the white lettering as a single pass each front and back.

This presumes your equipment can be set up to print the sides. That may actually be easier for an amateur than for a pro.

Note that the precise alignment of these components will differ depending on the size of the shirt. You may or may not consider that acceptable, but for this design I think you can get away with it.

Caveat: Don't try to print halftone over halftone in a single color unless you like moire' patterns. That concern will be one of the things to consider when laying out the individual passes.


Of course, that  means this is a five- or six-pass run. Since cost is usually per pass, that means this would be more expensive than if you don't insist on the wrap-around. On the other hand, it's only a two-color design (assuming the shades of red are achieved by halftoning), so if you can find someone willing to do it the total cost should be about equivalent to three-color front-and-back, maybe a bit higher for the hassle factor of the side impression, plus a surcharge for helping divide the image up and making this all work reasonably. (And probably some wastage in misprinted shirts as alignment is worked out.)


Another solution, as others have said, would be print first, shirt later.

Or you could redesign the pattern so it fades out under the arm, giving the feel of wraparound without actually wrapping. Again, that could be a hassle for different shirt sizes.

Or you could consider hand-airbrushing each shirt. There are folks who have done that; I have a shirt which had outlines printed in B&W and then airbrush-inked for color. But that isn't exactly a mass-production approach, nor will it give you the same design on each shirt unless whoever is operating the airbrush is particularly skilled... and I think this approach is better for darker colors over light background than vice versa.


So: Possible, yes. Affordable for a typical convention, unless you have a lot of volunteer manpower that likes playing with silkscreening... maybe not.
Re-design8 years ago
I have a friend that has a screen printing business.  I asked him about you shirt.  He said that he was unaware of anyway to screen print all the way around a shirt like this.  He can do one side then line it up and do the back.  But the way screen printing works that's the best he can do.

But...  He said that the image that was printed all the way around was probably an iron on transfer.  He is limited to 17" wide but that's because that's as large as his machine goes.  But they make transfer printers that will print much larger.

Also there is a printer that will print directly on material.  That ink is not as permanent as either of the other ones but might work for this.

So... what you need to do is find someone who has a transfer machine that will print your design and then you can iron them on yourself if you want to.

Let us see it when it's finished.

Good luck.
Sandisk1duo8 years ago
that shirt was probably silk screened when it was just fabric



so you'll have to undo the stitching in your shirt to print that on