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PRINT TECHNIQUES EXPLAINED
ONE COLOUR VINYL PRINTING
- Vinyl printing is perfect for producing single colour text, simple logos and numbers
- Creates a vibrant finish
Vinyl transfer printing works by a machine which cuts out a design onto a single colour sheet of vinyl. The vinyl design is then heat sealed on to the garment using a heat press, creating a vibrant, bold finish that will really stand out.
The design to be printed needs to have an outline added, which is achieved using a specialised design software. The digitised design is then ready to be cut and used. It is put through a digital cutter, called a CAD (Computer Aided Design) cutter which electronically cuts the design onto a single colour sheet of vinyl, and then needs to be cut out from the vinyl sheet. This is done manually using a weeder, in a process called weeding. Next, the design is heat pressed in the correct position on to the garment. The garment must be cooled and then the application tape is taken off.
FULL COLOUR VINYL PRINTING
- Versacamm printing is suitable for printing high resolution images such as photos
- Creates a sharp finish
Versacamm transfer printing involves printing a coloured design onto vinyl and cuts around the design, which is then heat pressed on to the garment.
The design to be printed needs to have an outline added, which is achieved using specialised design software. The digitised design is then ready to be cut and used. It is put through a Versacamm machine which electronically cuts and prints muti-coloured design onto a sheet of plain vinyl. The design in then cut out manually using a weeder. The cut design is placed on application tape to prepare it to be heat transferred. Next, the design is heat pressed in the correct position on to the garment, then the application tape is taken off.
Versacamm printing is fantastic for multi-colour designs as it produces high quality, vibrant designs that effectively sits on top of the garment, and so no brightness in the colour of the design is lost.
DIRECT TO GARMENT (DTG) PRINTING
- Direct to Garment printing is fantastic for full, complex designs of all colours
- Can print on light or dark garments
DTG printing is the latest innovation in t-shirt printing. It works much like an extremely advanced inkjet printer, printing your design directly onto the garment, allowing for high speed and great quality prints. A DTG printer can produce designs of all colours and sizes with a superior quality and detailed finish.
The design for printing is uploaded onto computer software, whilst the garment is prepared for printing. It is sprayed with a pre-treatment spray to ensure the ink doesn’t soak into the fabric. If this garment is coloured, a white base layer is applied to ensure the colours of the design remain vibrant and bright. The garment is placed in the printer and the design is printed directly onto the garment. It is then heat pressed or dried to ensure a durable finish.
all our DTG printers print in the RGB spectrum.
Sublimation printing is where we use the sublimation process to dye a substrate by turning dyes from a solid, into a gas, and then back to a solid again, while bonding with the polymer molecules present in the substrate or product.
This process is widely used to decorate a wide range of products, including textiles, garments, mugs & other ceramics, wooden items, metal items, glass products & more.
We print dye based inks onto sublimation paper, which is a special paper which holds the dye in place ready to be released during the sublimation process. We then lay this printed paper on to (face down) of the polyester fabric or polymer coated product, and heat press it. When the sublimation process occurs, the dye molecules that were a solid held in the sublimation paper, turn directly into a gas and bond with the ploymers present in the fabric or the polymer coating on the blank product. Thus, whatever the image looked like on the paper, it now looks the same (but flipped in reverse) on the product we want to decorate or personalise. We flip the image using software, so it’s printed in reverse and then is the correct way round on the product.
SCREEN TRANSFER PRINTING
- Screen Transfer Printing is suitable for printing complex designs
- Creates a sharp and glossy finish
Screen transfer print is similar to screen printing, but instead of printing directly onto the garment, the design is firstly printed onto a type of transfer paper using a screen, which is usually a wooden or metal frame with a fine mesh surface. Every colour requires a separate screen consisting of a very fine mesh surface which is produced using light reactive chemicals. Where the chemicals have been exposed to light, they break down and are washed off leaving spaces in the mesh which act as a template for the design. The colours are then individually screen printed onto the transfer paper by placing the screen manually or automatically and forcing the printers ink through the relevant screen stencil. The transfer paper is cured and the design can then be heat pressed onto the garment.
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