Have a design idea and aren’t sure how to make the artwork POP? Look no further because in this article we’ll be taking you through some of the most popular methods of printing that you can use for your clothing!
As a clothing manufacturer in Los Angeles, we pride ourselves in bringing the best of the business together to help you achieve your goals as a designer.
This is why we grabbed our co-founder Jesse to talk to you about some of the printing options you’ll have access to when working with Indie Source. In this post, you’ll learn about
- Screen printing
- Heat transfer
- DTG or digital printing
- Additional industry tips!
Screen printing is the process of pressing dyes or pigments on top of fabrics to achieve a bold and long-lasting print. An important note on screen printing is how it is priced. The more colors used, the more expensive it is. This is why screenprinting is used for more simple designs like chest logos or neck labels.
Sublimation is where colored dyes are combined with heat to transfer colors onto the fabric being used. This method only works with poly-rich fabrics consisting of at least 60% polyester due to the hydrophobic nature of the fiber. Sublimation has no color limit so if you are looking to print a high number of colors on a synthetic material then sublimation is the perfect fit.
The heat transfer method is where designs are printed on transfer papers that will then be pressed onto your fabric using a heat press. The producer will then peel off the transfer paper revealing all of the pigments that have transferred off of the paper and onto the fabric. Heat transfer can achieve a stretchy and shiny appearance and also has no color limit.
Now we’re having fun! Embroidery is where your design will be stitched into the fabric using an embroidery machine with a good old thread and needle. Embroidery is priced similarly to screen printing which means the more colors you choose to include the more expensive the process will be. For a 3-Dimensional look, embroidery is always a killer option.
Digital or DTG (Direct To Garment) printing is the new wave of clothing embellishment. Welcome to screen printing for the 21st century. Digital printing is where large machines will directly print ink onto your fabric similar to how an office printer prints on paper. DTG gives the designer so much creative control as you no longer have to worry about how many colors are in your design. Cost is calculated simply on how much ink is being used. Digital printing is perfect for natural fibers like cotton or flax and has a long-lasting hold on your garments.
When coming into Indie Source looking to get your beautiful designs printed, it’s important to have certain things prepared. First, make sure you have a nice design in the appropriate file. Don’t worry, we have amazing graphic designers on our team who can help you turn your sketches into beautiful vectorized files. Next, know the dimensions and placement of your artwork so we can be ready to give you the most accurate quote even sooner. Finally, our team will recommend the best print method based on the type of design you are looking to bring to life. For example, if you are looking to print a lot of colors on cotton fabric, we might recommend DTG printing due to its ability to print many types of colors on natural fibers.
And That’s It.
All you need to know to bring your beautiful artwork to life is right here at Indie Source. If you have further questions, our dedicated team is excited to see you in person or even chat on the phone. Just CLICK HERE to book your official kickoff meeting and CLICK HERE to receive free information from our Developmental Bootcamp! See you soon.