What methods are available?
In Printify, merchants currently have two options, with Direct-to-Garment (DTG) printing being the most used technique for clothing. Dye Sublimation printing is available for All-Over-Prints (AOP) and other products such as mugs, pillows, and more. As our platform develops, more printing options will be offered.
What is Direct-to-Garment printing?
A process of printing on textiles and garments using specialized or modified ink jet technology. The three key requirements for a DTG printer are a way to hold the garment in a fixed position, an inkjet print head, and specialty inks (inkjet textile inks) that are applied to the textile directly by the print head, and are absorbed by the garment's fibers.
What is Sublimation?
The process is similar to the dye-diffusion approach: a graphic is printed onto a sheet of high-release paper and then transferred onto the chosen apparel using high heat and pressure. Heat converts the solid dye particles into a gas through sublimation. The liquid phase is skipped due to the instantaneity of the physical change. This immediacy bonds the released chemicals to the polyester fibres. Unlike screen printing and direct-to-garment digital printing, this is not digital. Instead, the dye is absorbed by the fabric for a fantastic soft-to-the-touch feel and breathability. The design is printed on 100% polyester material.
Often, this is done on white garment only as this base colour allows for the best applicability. The types of garments available are T-shirts, hoodies, sweaters, socks, bags, and much more.