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  • Apparel

    Information about screen printing, and DTG printing on garments.

  • Sublimation

    What is sublimation? Everything you need to know is in here.

  • How to prepare you artwork

    The first step in a great product, is great artwork. Use this guide to help prepare for the best quality print possible.

Apparel

The latest technology in garment printing.

Print in full color on any color garment.

We have 5 years in the DTG industry. We have extensively tested hundreds of garments, and have found which ones give the best print results. We have our recommended brands, and can only guarantee the best product if we help choose the garment you want to print on. You can trust us when we promise you the highest quality DTG product available on the market.

A white underbase is printed under the colors when printed on a dark colored garment. This makes the colors brighter, and is the reason for a major benefit over sublimation garment printing.

Anything from company logos, graphic designs, artwork, and photos can be printed on a variety of garments in vivid color.

Benefits of DTG Printing:

Full color prints on any color garment. DTG allows for bright, vivid, sharp prints that screen printing can't even match. The variety of artwork the can be applied to a multitude of garments opens a world of possibilities.

No color limitations. With DTG you don't have to worry about vector art, or color separation as much. Thought we can print much finer garments with those in mind, it is very possible to print a wider variety of artwork using DTG instead of traditional screen printing.

Cons of DTG Printing:

The process does carry some limitations though. The highest print quality, and best color results can only be achieved by using 100% Combed Ringspun Cotton. Any other type of garment could yield undesirable results, low print quality, or an image that fades after a few washes.

Traditional Screen Printing has been around 1959. It has long been a standard for custom printed garments. It's more cost effective than embroidery, has a quicker turnaround time, and has a reasonable turnaround time for larger orders.

The benefits of Screen Printing:

With screen printing, the garment choice are almost unlimited. You can screen print on almost any fabric. Though some will yield better results than others.

For larger orders, the price per print can be in the single digits. You pay a screen charge up front, but each print after that can be very cost effective. Lower quantity orders can see an increase in price though as the process is designed for long runs.

Cons of Screen Printing:

Color Limitations. Screen printing is limited to the specific colors chosen in a file. Each color must be tagged as a spot color, and separated individually. This makes printing of full color images very difficult, expensive, and can end up with undesirable results.

Turnaround time. Screen printing takes preparation. There are many factors that can effect turnaround time, and most screen printed projects will take 4 weeks or more to receive the finished product.

Cost. For smaller runs. 25 items or less, the cost can be very high. Many jobs can have $100 or more just in screen charges, then setup fees, and garments, plus the additional print charge makes it less economical for smaller runs. DTG could be an alternative at that point depending on your turnaround time, volume, and artwork needs.

Sublimation

What is sublimation?

Dye sublimation printing uses ink and heat to transfer an image onto a material. Sublimation printing transfers full color artwork onto polyester and polymer-coated substrates.

Sublimation can be used on many materials such as 100% polyester fabric products and specially coated plastics, ceramics, metal, hardboard, acrylic, neoprene, and more.

The process of sublimation uses heat and pressure applied to the ink and transfer paper, transforming it into a gas without passing through the liquid state, which fully embeds the graphic onto the material.

No color limitations. Sublimation allows for full color images to be printed on the substrate.

No ink layer feel. With screen printing, and other types of transfers, you can feel the layer of ink laying on top of the substrate. Sublimation eliminates this feel. It won’t crack, or peel.

Vibrant colors. Sublimation has amazing color results. The process of heating the inks really makes the colors pop. The results have to be seen to be believed.

Longevity. The process makes the ink become one with the substrate. Products that are sublimated can be used indoor, or outdoor. Signs are very weather resistant, license plates will last for many years. These are durable prints that can take a beating.

Bottom line. Other processes like screen printing, vinyl transfers, digital transfers, and others can’t boast the durability of a good sublimation product.

Product Selection. Sublimation requires a special coating on the substrate which allows the ink to adhere to it. Regular store bought items not specifically designed for sublimation will not work for sublimation.

Substrate Color. Because Sublimation has no white ink, the substrate you start with MUST be white. Though you can sublimate on technically any color, the outcome will either change the color, or not be visible at all.

Non Sublimatable Items. As stated above, anything not white can not be sublimated on. Also, cotton garments like many facemasks, and most garments can not be sublimated on.

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