A screen printer exposes a stencil of your design onto photo sensitive mesh screens (one screen for each color), lines the screens up in a screen printing press, and pushes ink through the stencil with a squeegee onto your garment product. Screen printing is used on higher quantity orders of 10 or more.
Die cut vinyl graphics are made with a CAD plotter. A plotter is essentially a computer controlled Xacto knife. The blade follows vector paths from the computer to cut and image in vinyl sheets. Once cut the artist removes the cut vinyl from the image, and heat presses the vinyl onto the garment. This method is used for low quantity orders of 10 or less shirts.