Before you get your garments printed, it is better for you to know which kind of printing works best for you.
With numerous options available, it can be confusing. Here we’ll go through the most popular printing methods, to give you a fair idea of what works best for you.
Direct to garment (DTG)
DTG printing, the design is printed directly on the apparel. The biggest advantage of DTG is that it can support the most detailed designs, with as many colors as you want. It is the perfect option for photo printing/digital images.
If your design involves many different colors, intricate details or photographs, then DTG will be your go-to option.
Screen-printing is a traditional and most reliable among methods of garment printing. Screen-printing suits well to large orders as well as to simple logo designs.
A special silk screen has to be made for each design, one for each color. So it makes sense for this technique to be used only for bulk printing. In fact, it is the most reliable and economical printing technique.
If you want your garment printing in bulk where the design is simple, Screen printing is the best choice for you.
The process involves printing the design onto a special sheet of paper, and then transferring that image onto fabric. The ink is long-lasting and hence makes it extremely reliable. The design won’t peel off even after the fabric is well used or ironed uopn. The prints are seam-to-seam (all over the garment) or can be of any size.
This type of printing is possible only on polyester fabrics.
If you want a durable cloth with design all over the fabric, then go for Sublimation printed t-shirts. This is best suited as sportswear and for other physical activities.
Heat transfer printing
Heat transfer is a process of printing garments in which the printed design is transferred from the paper to the garment through specified heat and pressure. Heat transfer also has the advantage of using several colors at once. And this technique is comparatively inexpensive.
But unlike DTG, this is a time consuming process. And also, if a number of colors are overlapped, it can look a bit shabby. And the print fades away after a few washes.
If you are looking for inexpensive printed apparels for a one-time event, Heat transfer printed garments are your best bet.