The first step to clothes printing is creating a design in digital software. This design is then printed onto white transfer paper. A plotter then cuts the design from the paper following the outline created in the software. The printout is then placed on a suitable area on the garment. Once it is positioned correctly, it is heat-treated so that the design will be permanently attached to the fabric.
Heat transfer is a great choice for low volume prints. It works well with either full-color or two-color designs. However, this process is time-consuming and expensive and is not always the best option for large orders. A newer, higher-quality option is direct-to-garment printing, which uses modern inkjet technology.
Embroidery is another option for clothes printing. This method is great for creating a personalized design. Embroidery can be a good choice for work-wear garments as it is durable and will not fade even after many washings. It is also a good option for clothing that will be worn often.
Direct-to-garment printing uses thin layers of ink to print on a t-shirt. This allows for intricate designs to be printed on the t-shirt. It also allows for photos and complex graphics to be printed. In addition, the ink will be soft and not stick to the fabric, which makes the printing process quick and easy.