There are two types of clothing printing: screen and direct to garment. Screen printing is great if you only need a small, personalized design, but direct to garment printing is more durable and best for larger, multicolor prints. Direct to garment printing is also more expensive than sublimation and should only be used for one-off prints. However, screen printing is a good option if you want to make your clothes as comfortable as possible. Here are some of the benefits of screen printing.
Plastisol ink is the most common type of commercial garment decoration ink. It offers good colour opacity on dark garments, and provides a smooth, plasticized finish. It can be made softer and heavier by adding special additives. The high cure inks need to be applied with heat to set them, but low cure inks don’t require this step. Various materials are used for cloth printing, and the inks vary according to their properties.
A wide range of fabrics can be used for clothing printing. DTG technology, for example, works best on 100% cotton, but newer systems are also available that can print on more types of fabrics. However, DTG can be problematic on fabrics like polyester and moisture-wicking materials. The colors of the fabric can also be affected by dye migration. The dye can fade the digital print. It is important to choose the right fabric for your print before deciding on your ink.