Types of Printing
Direct to garment printing, also known as DTG printing, digital direct to garment printing, digital apparel printing, and inkjet to garment printing, is a process of printing on textiles and garments using specialized or modified inkjet technology.
A stencil method of print making in which a design is imposed on a screen of polyester or other fine mesh, with blank areas coated with an impermeable substance. Ink is forced into the mesh openings by the fill blade or squeegee and by wetting the substrate, transferred onto the printing surface during the squeegee stroke.
Like its inkjet counterpart, heat-transfer printing works well on paper, but it excels in applying images to a range of materials that include garments and textiles. For example, a heat-press T-shirt maker transfers an image onto a piece of fabric. Heat-transfer printed images are durable, heat resistant, adhesive and water resistant.
A dye-sublimation printer is a computer printer which uses heat to transfer dye onto materials such as a plastic, card, paper, or fabric. The sublimation name was first applied because the dye was considered to make the transition between the solid and gas states without going through a liquid stage.