Every so often when I was reading threads, I came across various shirt printing questions from fellow Bcers, but sadly I seldom find a comprehensive answer to those questions. With more company holidays & free time towards the end of the year, I’m finally able to compile a guide on this relatively unique topic. Hopefully it can clear doubts & provide useful information for fellow Bcers. I will try to keep this guide simple & straight to the point. What we should consider from a Professional Shirt Printing Service? Similar with stringing our rackets, we always go to professional stringers to ensure that we get a good high quality stringing job. When it comes to badminton shirt printing, a good professional printing job will have your game shirt lasting for years to come. Unfortunately, very few local sport shops specialize in badminton shirt printing – not surprising, when we know that badminton is not as popular as football & etc. This happened to me before, when I was in Glasgow, Scotland. I went to one of the largest print shop in the city to print my shirt. I gave them a sample of my existing shirt & asked them to print an exact same design on my new shirt. Little did I know that I was in for a shocker when I collect my shirt a few days later. They got the design all wrong & it looked weird on my badminton shirt. The girl at the counter who handed the shirt back to me told me that they used existing football fonts to do my badminton shirt. I was not happy at all when they also told me that they are not going to custom design for badminton shirt because they found out that it’s not time & cost effective for them. Most local print shops will use any existing fonts to do our badminton shirt in order to save time & cost for them. What kind of Shirt Printing is considered Good & Professional? 1) Material used – A Polyurethane(PU) Poly-flex material should be used in heat transfer name printing as it is a very high quality & durable material. What we should avoid is some cheap PVC look-alike material which is very thin & will show font cracking after a few wash. Close-up photo of the high quality PU Polyflex material 2) All the font design should be done digitally using designer software in order to make sure that the font alignment & spacing of our name block is correct. What we should avoid is someone using some singularly cut out fonts & simply arranging them manually when they iron our shirt, the font might be slanting, the alignment might not straight & the spacing will rarely be correct if done manually. Photo showing a professionally designed & arranged name block, before being ironed onto a badminton shirt 3) Make sure that the people who are doing our shirt printing know what kind of design to use & willing to take time to make the design right if needed. What we should avoid is someone who just taking an existing design even though they know that it’s not the right design, but they still use it anyway because they are not willing to spend the extra time & cost to get it right. Close photo of how a professional badminton name block should looked like When it comes to take care of our printed shirt, we should always make sure that we turn our shirt inside-out when machine wash. It will protect the shirt material & also the PU Poly-flex material of name print. Some more photos of how a professional PU Poly-flex name block should looked like: I have my other shirts done professionally using high quality PU Poly-flex material & they are really good looking & long lasting for many years. If anyone has any further questions about personal badminton shirt printing & how to get it done professionally, you can email to firstname.lastname@example.org Sorry for such a long post & hopefully my guide can answer some questions & provide useful information when it comes to badminton shirt printing. Thanks for reading & Happy New Year 2011 to all Bcers.