Personalized shirts with your logo or design.

Instant Imprints offers a variety of custom t-shirt printing services.

Custom T-Shirt printing on a direct-to-garment printer.With centers throughout North America, Instant Imprints is one of the largest chains of custom t-shirt printers. This means tremendous buying power and saving for our customers, while maintaining local service and support. We can create the perfect custom t shirt of your design - or let one of our Image Experts design it for you!

We have a variety of printing methods to suit your needs, including direct-to-garment, screen printing and transfers. Don’t worry too much about picking the right method. Once you consult with one of our experts, they will assist you and recommend what they think would be best, based on your specific project.

Direct-to-Garment (DTG)

Direct-to-Garment printing has become very popular in the last several years. With this technique, the printer prints directly into the fiber of the garment. You don’t feel the ink as you do in some other processes.

Why you might use this method:

  • Lots of color options, including printing images.

Why you might not use the method:

  • Not as cost effective (as screen printing) for a large quantity.
  • There are some limits to design placement.

Screen Printing

Screen Printing is an ancient process, and one of the most common ways that custom t-shirts are made. Screen printing basically pastes a layer of color onto a garment, pressed through a screen. Each color requires a new screen to be used.

Why you might use this method:

  • Very durable.
  • Generally, less expensive for larger orders of the same design .

Why you might not use the method:

  • Not cost effective for small runs.
  • Limited colors.
  • Multi step process, so perfect alignment must be achieved to create the final design.
  • You can’t print “photo-realistic” designs, due to the color limitations.


With the transfer process, a design is printed onto material and that material is then applied to a garment using a heat press.

Why you might use this method:

  • It can produce high-quality, complex designs.

Why you might not use the method:

  • If the fabric is sensitive to high temperatures.
  • If you don’t care for the ‘plastic’ feel that this method often has.

CAD Cut Vinyl

While this is sometimes called a printing technique, there is no printing involved with CAD Cut Vinyl. Colored rolls of high quality vinyl paper are put into a machine that cuts out the design. A common use for this, are team names or numbers on jerseys.

Why you might use this method:

  • Gives bold and vibrant color.
  • Lots of printing locations available.
  • Can be used with nylon and polyester garments.

Why you might not use the method:

  • It’s not good for oversized designs, as the end result will be bulky.
  • You are limited to one color.
  • Not cost effective for large quantities.


With the embroidery process, there is no printing. A machine stitches a design or text onto a garment. This is a very common way for corporate apparel and golf shirts to be created. This is not so common for T-shirts. If this is something you are interested in, check out our Branded Apparel page.

Why you might use this method:

  • Long lasting.
  • Looks very professional.

Why you might not use the method:

  • Small text can be hard to read.
  • Designs cannot be overly complex, for example it is difficult to show shading with thread.

We hope some of this information helps, but rest assured that one of our Image Experts will help you to make the right decision. Click here to Find a Center near you.

Contact your local, full service center to discuss your project.

Cutting Edge Processing

Instant Imprints is equipped to handle your job with a variety of methods, from direct-to-garment, screen printing and transfers, giving you maximum flexibility with order size and a fast turnaround.


Onsite Production

With our onsite production capabilities, you can be sure that your idea won't get 'lost in the translation' compared to companies who outsource all of their production to outside vendors.


Custom Design Options

Bring in your own design, or let our professional art staff prepare and output the files for the best possible final product.


Local Showrooms

Each Instant Imprints center is locally owned and operated and feature showrooms where you can choose from a variety of marketing and promotional solutions. They have many examples of custom t-shirts, embroidered apparel and accessories, temporary and permanent signage as well as promotional products.

Explore Our Services


Making logos stand out.

We provide quality embroidery services on practically anything you can imagine. Our centers have state-of-the-art embroidery machines to provide you with anything from individual personalization to thousands of pieces. You can count on us to make your brand more visible.


Big or small, fancy and fast.

With wide format and digital printing equipment, our centers can produce nearly any sign, banner or display a business or organization may require, including retractable banner stands, A-frames, tradeshow booths and much more. For permanent or temporary use, indoors or out.


Personalized shirts with your logo or design.

We create t-shirts with custom designs using the latest technologies in direct to garment, heat transfers, lettering and screen printing which allows for maximum flexibility with order size and a fast turnaround to customize each order.


Items that stand out and are remembered.

There is no shortage of ways to promote your business. From branded pens to drinkware to flashlights, there are endless options at your disposal. Talk to us about finding the right solution for you and your customers.


Effectively communicate with ink and paper.

Let us help you create the printed materials that will promote both your brand and your message. Customized brochures, flyers, business cards, postcards, manuals, mailers and more designed to make you more visible to your customers.