I am not sure of the working differences when it comes to curing shirts, but I can tell you a bit about the physical differences... the science side of the question:
IR Heaters typically use a wire that heats when electricity is applied. More electricity, more heat. Less electricity, less heat. IR heaters generally come to temperature quickly, can change temperature reasonably quick, and in general are very simple to manufacture and maintain.
Ceramic Heaters take the same equipment above but encase the heating element in ceramic. The ceramic material adds thermal mass to the process which helps to prevent the heating wire from over-heating which is the primary cause of heating element failure. Ceramic Heaters take a bit longer to come to the desired temperature but provide a more consistent temperature. The heating elements tend to be more expensive, but they last longer so it balances out in the long run.
The temperature provided by an IR heater fluctuates up and down as the elements go on and off when the thermostat registers the correct setting. An old or bad thermostat can allow that fluctuation be 20 degrees or more.
The temperature provided by a Ceramic heater fluctuates much slower because of the thermal mass of the ceramic material. The temperature change is slower and therefore less drastic overall.
Or if you prefer a very simple analogy....
An IR Heater is like a gas stove. Fire on, heat on, fire off, heat off.
A Ceramic Heater is like an electric stove, power on, heat on, power off, heat slowly goes down.
Now, I don't know if that answers your question or not in regards to drying tunnels.... but now you have at least some understanding of the physical differences.