Methods of Cloth Printing

There are different methods of cloth printing. If you are someone looking to start a business and wants to create your own prints on clothes, or someone who just want to design their own clothes. It is important to know the different methods of cloth printing that works for you.

Here are the 5 different printing methods:

1. Screen Printing:

It is the most common with the pros. Another name for this design is silkscreen printing.

For this method to work, you will need a stencil and a nylon mesh. You set up the stencil, which is held by the nylon mesh. A waterproof material will block the negative space that you want to design.

The negative space is the only part permeable to the dye. Ink is then flooded into the screen. The screen printing method is ideal for printing high-quality t-shirt designs because it guarantees ultimate replication of the design.

If you want a single or unique design for yourself, it may be impossible. This method is suited for one color per screen. It is not ideal for super complex multi-color designs.

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2. Direct To Garments(DTG):

Also known as DTG printing, digital direct to garment printing, digital apparel printing, D2, and inkjet to garment printing, is a process of printing on textiles and garments using specialized or modified inkjet technology. The three key requirements for a DTG printer are a way to hold the garment in a fixed position, an inkjet printhead, and specialty inks (inkjet textile inks) that are applied to the textile directly by the print head and are absorbed by the garment’s fibers.

Like the screen printing method, it is also popular among hobbyists. It easy to do but it will require knowledge and skills if you are not going to get professional help. All you need for it works is the textile printer and ink.

DTG works like a paper printer in the office. The only difference is that in this case, the ink is going to the fabric. You first need to upload the design to the computer, which then creates uniqueness and creativity.

The Direct To Garment method is excellent for printing out super-complex design. It gives a soft feel on the hands when you touch the final design. The ink used doesn’t create thick extra layers on the shirt, because it is thin.

DTG is least durable and the fabric may fade in a year or less.

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3. Dye Sublimation:

Dye sublimation works well on light shirts or fabrics.

To bring out the best results in this method, you need to have deep knowledge of dye sublimation. Dye sublimation is perfect for printing polyester like cream fabrics. They are unforgiving when you bring cotton fabric to the scene.

You will need a special type of dye which is liquid. The liquid dries up when it meets the polyester fabric. When it has dried well, it solidifies on the fabric, then you can apply heat and pressure for sublimation to take place.

When the solid fabric is exposed to heat and pressure it turns into gas. The fabric molecules then expand and the gas sips between the gap that appears in the cloth. In the end, the molecules contracts again when you remove the heat.


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4. Heat Press Printing:

If you have small orders of the shirt, it is economical to use the heat press printing. It saves you resources and time.

This method incorporates a design printed on a special paper called transfer paper. Here is how it works.

You take a shirt, press it on the best heat transfer vinyl, then apply heat and pressure. A more similar approach to the dye sublimation with slight differences. You do the process until the heat softens the dye on the paper until it gets a beneath the cloth.

After that, you take the glossy paper transfer and strip off the dye which leaves you with the intended design of the shirt.

If you are working with super complex designs, then heat and press method is ideal for you. However, it won’t work well with dark fabrics because of its translucent dye.

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5. Vinyl Cutting:

In this method, a special soft clothing is cut into shapes or designs, then transferred to a shirt. Then these special designs are then placed onto the t-shirt using the heat press method.

With this method, you can print one-off designs and even produce them in large numbers. It is the best alternative for printing multiple garment types.

Vinyl cutting machine gives you the options of using different layers to print different colors of a design. Vinyl cutting is used in designing sportswear, slogan or small graphics.

However, it suffers from one thing: They are letter-types parts that you can’t use it. T-shirt printed on vinyl cutting are durable.

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Now you know what are the different methods of cloth printing you can now decide which one is the best for your project of business.

Here at Digital Fabric Printer is a printing service for printing onto polyester-based fabrics. We have 3 main services that we offer and this includes:

  1. Meterage printing – We can print up to 155cm wide in consecutive meters. Please allow 10-12 working days for production.
  2. Placement printing- We can print 100 x 75cm placement printing on our in-house heat press. This is great for banners, sampling, panels for fabrics and fast turnaround projects. Please allow 5 working days for production or 24hour express available for an additional $50.
  3. Custom cushions- 45 x 45cm finished size. Please allow 2 weeks for production.

No matter the size of your job, we would be happy to help you with your project. We work with the dye sublimation process which creates high definition artworks on various polyester based fabrics.

Please see our pricing here.