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The truth is that technological innovation has changed the world of children’s apparel printing and many new printing methods have emerged, but traditional printing methods continue to excel. Either way, let us print baby clothing in the wanted design, beautiful and stylish, and get your product sold as quickly as possible:
- DTG Printing
- Heat Transfer Printing Techniques
- Sublimation Printing
- Plastisol Transfers
Screen printing is the most widely known garment printing method. Today, screen printing can be done by machine and hand.
The magic of screen printing lies in the printing inks used. Screen printing inks are thicker than the inks used in other garment printing methods, allowing them to last longer and produce realistic vibrant colors.
The beauty of screen printing is that screen printing inks are deeply absorbed, providing you with vibrant, bright colors and maximum durability. It is compatible with most fabrics when you use the correct ink and screen combination for the fabric to be treated.
Screen printing requires considerable space to set up the proper work area and should be dust-free and dark to help protect the screen and ink.
DTG (Direct-to-Garment) printing is an inkjet technology that enables very high quality full color photo prints directly onto garments.DTG printing is best suited for designs or artwork that are considered too complex for other printing techniques, such as screen printing, and it is best suited for designs with fewer colors.DTG printers have great color mixing potential and can print the finest details.
DTG printing is best suited for printing on 100% cotton only (or fabrics with a lot of cotton on top.) The more cotton a t-shirt has, the more vibrant the print will be. The print time is shorter compared to screen printing. However, the colors may fade over time.
Because the DTG printer injects the ink directly into the fabric, you don’t feel the “print” when you touch the fabric.
Heat Transfer Printing:
Heat transfer printing involves laying sheets of transfer material on the garment and then heat pressing them in order to permanently apply custom graphics to the garment.
The desired graphics are first digitally printed using solvent inks on special heat transfer paper. When pressed with a heat press, this type of ink transfers the design from the paper to the garment.
The beauty of heat transfer printing is that it works on different materials and fabrics, causes little to no mess, and requires minimal maintenance compared to other methods.
Heat sublimation printing is one of the most popular variants of heat transfer printing. It works by digitally printing graphics and then heating them to transfer the dye to the garment.
Unlike other heat transfer printing techniques, heat sublimation printing uses dye inks that turn into a gas when heated. The heat, pressure, and time cause the dye-based ink to change from a solid to a gas and then to a solid again. This is unparalleled because the gas binds to the polyester and becomes part of the material rather than the top layer. Interesting, isn’t it?
Sublimation is a particularly popular technique for full-scale printing. Neither screen printing nor DTG printing can produce the full print effect that thermal sublimation printing can. Through-body printed garments allow designers to express themselves and create unique garments.
The advantages and disadvantages of heat-sublimation printing are outstanding.
The print will not fade, crack, peel, or deteriorate, and the print lasts. It is not cheap.
Only available for polyblend-based T-shirts. The more polyester, the more vibrant the color.
The plastisol transfer printing process is very similar to screen printing, except that the artwork is the first inkjet printed on plastisol transfer paper, which is then used to heat emboss the design onto the garment.
Printed plastisol transfers are characterized by similar quality to screen printing and are suitable for testing designs. Once sales begin, it makes sense to move to screen printing.
The downside is also obvious: if the transfers are not correct, they will quickly break and disappear. Large runs are both expensive and time-consuming, and a minimum is usually required.
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