In the early days of the clothing industry, people used plant-based dyes and embroidery to transfer their designs to the fabric of their choice. However, as the years have passed, more and more printing technologies have emerged.
One of the most popular garment printing techniques is screen printing. It is a quick and inexpensive way to print a large number of designs. It is also ideal for designs involving branding or promotional merchandise. Unlike other techniques, screen printing is compatible with nearly all types of fabrics.
Another common technique is dye sublimation. This method is fast and efficient and is perfect for transferring a full photographic image. It requires a multi-step process, but can be used to create a variety of effects.
Direct to garment (DTG) printing is a relatively new technology that allows for fast, high-quality prints. It is great for specific projects, or for bulk orders of small amounts of design. It allows for complex designs to be printed quickly, and it eliminates the need for backstock.
In addition to DTG printing, other methods are available, including heat press and sublimation. Both methods offer great detail and soft-touch finishes.
The heat press method is easy to use and can be done at home. But it does have a learning curve. You must know the temperature guide, how long to press, and how to strip off the design once the print is complete. The downside to this process is that the paper often fades with multiple washes.