What is AOP?
AOP stands for All-Over-Print and is highly utilized for many product designs.
The process behind producing this kind of a print includes a large stencil of your custom design, followed by laying the fabric over the stencil, and then precisely cutting the fabric and sewing it together. This allows for highly precise designs, especially designs which are based around patterns.
There are some key differences between All-Over-Print and Direct-to-Garment printing techniques you may want to consider when creating your products.
For instance, did you know that embroidery is not possible on All-Over-Print designs?
Some key things to consider between these printing techniques are the fabric types used and the overall design you're looking to achieve. AOP products use a mix of polyester and cotton, but the garments are mostly polyester based. In contrast, DTG products use mostly cotton based fabrics for their prints.
Another factor you should consider is the design itself. Are you looking to use patterns on your garment (AOP), or is the design very specific and detailed (DTG)?
AOP products do well with pattern designs and accentuate colors due to the polyester material used to make the garment. This means that colors will pop, look brighter, and more vibrant when making an AOP design.
AOP products can be a bit more time-consuming, taking longer to cover all areas of the garment in the mockup generator. They don't do as well with dark colors, because the design is printed over a white material which, when stretched, can show white lines between the patterns of your image. AOP's also require a higher resolution image when designing (500dpi minimum).
There are also certain limitations you may want to consider by reading this article.
AOP gives you the freedom to detail each part of the garment, and we hope you can utilize this when making your products for your business.