About the print
Cleekers custom printing for black background photography combines our specialist printing technology with our art team’s unique manipulation techniques to produce beautifully detailed black cotton photo printing.
The art team re-raster your photographs to allow the darkness of the t-shirt to provide the shadow depth of your photo, breaking the mid-tones and highlights down into smaller areas that allow the print to become part of the t-shirt instead of being heavy and blocky.
In addition to the improved look, the technique vastly improves the feel, allowing the softness of the cotton to come through the print. Furthermore, the technique increases the permeability of the print which in turn increases the washing durability, ensuring your beautiful t-shirt can be enjoyed for years.
About the t-shirt
For this product, we have selected a super soft medium weight 100% cotton t-shirt that sports a modern fashion look with narrow crew neck seaming, a tubular design and a contemporary sleeve style. The deepness of black provides the perfect contrast for the printed highlights of your photo, which when combined with the overall cut, produces an outstanding final product.
Men/Unisex (Chest Circumference)
Women (UK Dress Size)
Select your t-shirt size, print orientation and quantity. Upload a .jpg, .png or other common picture format file using the button and click add to cart. You may need to wait a few moments while your file uploads to our storage. Please ensure you send us a higher resolution photo.
If you have any additional needs for our art team to consider (e.g. square print size, none-black background removal, addition of text), this can be typed into the free text field in the cart or checkout.
Make sure to leave your email address as our team will contact you to confirm you are happy with the final pre-production artwork.
About Our Products
Our printed designs use a technology unlike that used in mass production settings. Normally cotton garments are screen printed using an emulsion. This is excellent for printing fine detail, but means the print will fade over time; our system instead bonds polymer to the cotton ensuring both fine detail and longevity.
Other limited production run companies use a process called sublimation where an image is turned from a solid to a gas and used to permanently dye white polyester. It produces an excellent long lasting print but only on white polyester. At Cleekers, we are not limited to white polyester as our bonded polymer designs can be printed to a huge range of materials - black cotton is our favourite.
One production technique that has permeated the market is flex transferring where thin vinyl sheets are cut in to shapes and bonded to the garments. They are hard wearing but extremely limited to simple shapes and letters. Our system at Cleekers combines the advantage of durability from vinyl and the advantage of fine details from screen printing without the drawbacks from either.
At Cleekers, we're big fans of cotton and cotton blends and focus our efforts on printing to materials which are mainly cotton. Cotton is naturally moisture wicking, and when prepared as it is in our premium garments, beautifully soft. This makes for superior comfort when compared to 100% polyester or nylon garments whether wearing casually or for working out.