When you are new to printing art placement and shirt alignment are everything. Now you are going to be able to place the shirt and alight the art almost perfectly every time but it will never be 100% in the same place do to variations in the shirt. The shirt being placed a hair off of where it was previously. This is completely normal, all you can do is place it as close as you can each and every time to get a consistent look.
So for starters you are going to want to line up the center of your t-shirt with the center of your platen. For this you are going to want to draw center lines down the middle of your platen so you know what the center is going to be. Refer to our How to Draw your platens center line blog for instructions on how to do that.
When you have a new shirt there are a couple ways to try and find the center. Some people use the neck tags to locate the center and make sure that is lined up with the center mark on their platen, or sometimes the shirts have a crease down the front of them right down the middle. So those are your two go to clues for centering your shirt.
Now when you want to center and place your art on your shirt, that can be a whole other problem. Sometimes its difficult to figure out where you want your art work to sit. Is it to high or to low? Maybe to far off to the left. Even harder for newer printers is the left chest placement. We made this template so you can print it out and get your placement dialed in for all your print jobs no matter if its 1 piece for yourself or 100 pieces for a customer.
Click below for a downloadable template.