The retail and clothing industry is flourishing and so is the art of garment decorating. This technique to improve apparel appearance is wide spread throughout the industry. There are so many options that it’s hard for a company to know which method is best.
For certain, plain is out and decorative is in. Companies want to get the best bang for their buck when it comes to garment decorating. There are several ways to do this and all of them end up with a great finished product.
How does one decide which method to use? There are quite a few to choose from but check out the four below that have proven quite popular.
4 techniques for garment printing include:
- Screen Printing
This method is an oldie but a goody. The process of screen printing onto a garment can cost more at the beginning but ultimately is worth the money later.
With this method, a picture is reproduced by dividing the design into a series of individual colors. The sheer number of colors used for the garment can change the price. The more you plan to print the less you’ll “feel” of the set up costs.
Screen printing involves exposing the colors on the screen and then aligning the press so that the colors will register correctly. Remember, the more you print the better off you’ll be cost wise.
2. Digital Printing
This is a great method to decorate clothing because it can print without the initial set-up costs that you find in screen printing and other methods. Companies like this option because it’s easier to customize their designs. Digital printing is growing in popularity.
3. Dye Sublimation
This digital printing method is one where sublimation paper is put through a dye-sublimation inkjet printer and then the paper is pressed via a heat press. The heat helps to inject the ink into the apparel item. Dye sublimation works best on light colored clothing.
4. Print-cut decorating
The process of print-cut decorating is similar to dye sublimation; however, it is printed on a vinyl material rather than paper. The extra vinyl material is diminished and leaves only the image area which is pressed onto a garment with heat.
Whether you want to screen print, use a digital technique, dye sublimation or print-cut decorate your product, you’ll be able to satisfy your customers with a variety of options. Garment decorating is popular, easy, well received and offers a variety of techniques that are used in the market.