Today we're going to talk about different Kind of Print Methods to be Aware of when using a DropShip Printer.
The most common printing methods you’ll encounter when using a company like ThisNew or printify are Direct to Garment (DTG) Printing, Dye Sublimation, and Heat Transfer. There are other, lesser used methods you are likely to encounter if you are printing yourself or you are going through. We’ll talk about those later.
DTG is used for printing designs on darker fabric. This method gives the print that well known “T-shirt” quality coating over the print. This is the most common method and you see this used by companies like redbubble, teespring, and tee-public. If your printer uses DTG be sure to work with high resolution files that are big enough for your garment. I usually work with a 300 DPI on a 14X18 Canvas. DTG wears down the most out of all the methods, the print can fade, sometimes crack, and even in some worse cases; flake off.
Dye Sublimation is a polyester only printing process. Majority of companies use this primarily for All Over Print (AOP) garments. When designing your products it’s important to work with very big files so as not to lose color and quality or detail of your work. This is great for creating patterns, or dynamic apparel pieces that are one of a kind to your brand. This method is incredibly resilient and has very little fade.
Heat transfer is the middle ground as far as quality. It appears soft with the fabric unlike DTG but only works on light colored fabrics such as white, cream, or light gray. This is great for incredibly detailed work, however be mindful of color use because the ink is transparent. Your colors may print differently on different colored apparel. The fade on this print method varies from printer to printer, I’ve had some incredibly resilient shirts and some that have rapidly faded. Always obtain a sample print to run through the wash.
I hope this helps in your endeavors understanding the print world a little bit more. If you wanted more information about the process itself and how each of those print methods work, I great recommend checking out this article here
Until next time Fiends!