This is one of the most common apparel printing methods. Ink is flooded onto a nylon mesh screen of the design, and then a squeegee is used to press down and spread the ink. Excess ink is wiped away, and the screen is taken off to reveal the design. Screen printing is a great option if you need 1 or 2 color shirts in quantity (25+ units). Screen printing quality is exceptional, however does have a feel (hand) to the finished print. This method of printing is not cost effective for multiple colors or small quantities as setup and screen charges are incurred.
Abbreviated as DTG, Direct To Garment is a relatively new technique in the apparel printing industry. It involves printing onto a garment directly using eco-friendly water-base inks. The quality of DTG is excellent, however does have a feel (hand) to the finished print. You’ll obtain a softer feel on light garments compared to dark as a white base layer is not needed for lighter apparel. This method of printing allows for unlimited color usage and greater detailed prints when compared to screen printing.
Dye transfer printing is a method where pigments pass from a solid state to a gas state (never becoming liquid) when heated and imbed themselves in the fibers of a garment. This process produces a print that has virtually no feel on the garment, however as it’s not an opaque ink, the design will take on the color of the shirt it is on. Unlike other methods of apparel printing, this method needs a synthetic substrate to effectively transfer to. This means that light high polyester content apparel is used, most commonly in white. In other words, this method will not work on cotton or dark apparel.
Designs are dye transferred (see above) onto white professional grade glitter heat transfer vinyl and applied with an industrial heat press. As the heat transfer vinyl is cotton friendly and opaque, we can utilize this method on a variety of apparel. This method does have a feel (hand) to the finished print.