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Printing Techniques

Our partner, Spreadshirt, offers a variety of printing techniques like digital direct, flex and flock printing. We want you to have long-lasting enjoyment of your Spreadshirt products. This is why we extensively test and wash every product before we add it to our product range. Only products showing flawless and proper results with a certain print method are added.

Whenever you shop in our shop or personalise a product with the T-Shirt Designer, a suitable print method is pre-set. Nevertheless, by personalizing your product, you have the choice of modifying the printing process used according to your desire for rendering. We present here the rendering and use of the different printing processes.

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.

Brilliant colours

The printed colours have a slight shine to them and contrast extremely well with fabric.

Longevity and durability

Tests have shown that the form and colour of the flex print barely change after 100 washes. It is made of a flexible and resilient material - even thin lines do not break.

Result per Flex printing process

Flock printing

Flock is a printing technique where the design is cut from a coloured foil and then pressed onto the shirt under high heat.

Elegant appearance

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 apparel and results in the plush feel. The colours have a soft glow to them.

Longevity and durability

Flock designs retain their colour brilliance after many washes.

Result per Flock printing process

Special flex printing

Special flex prints differ normal flex prints due to the special visual effects in the printing foils.

Special foils

  • Glitter : Delicate silver particles blended with the printing colour deliver a gentle glitter effect. Gold is the only exception since we use golden particles here. The foil is flexible and can also be used for larger design prints. Available in silver, gold, pink, red, blue, black, green and white.
  • Glow In The Dark : In daylight it looks like an ordinary white print, but in the dark it delivers its full potential – a green and shiny print.
  • Reflective : This highly reflecting foil does not only increase your safety, it also attracts attention and turns a few eyes.

Longevity and durability

Designs with special flex prints retain their vibrant colour and glisten even after many washes.

Result per Special flex printing

Thermal sublimation

Thermal sublimation is a printing technique used for mugs, beakers and covers (iPad, Kindle, Smartphone).

When printing with thermal sublimation, the design or text are first printed back-to-front on a carrier foil. By applying a lot of heat (hence ‘thermal’) the design is then steamed off of the foil onto the product. A special layer on the product reacts with colour pigments and fixates them into the products permanently.


The result is a vividly coloured image that is integrated directly into the product surface - the design does not protrude from the product.


Extreme durability also after exposure to sunlight make thermal sublimination a long-lasting and high-quality option for accessories.

Result per Thermal sublimation