Create or select the design, prepare the printer with the correct settings, and ensure the garment platen is clean.
Before printing, prepare the garment by flattening and smoothing it using a heat press.
Initiate the print job using the DTG printer software, which will accurately apply the ink directly onto the fabric.
After printing, the garment needs to be cured or dried to permanently set the ink by using a heat press or a conveyor dryer.
|Type||Sublimation Printing||DTG (Direct-to-Garment) Printing||DTF (Direct-to-Film) Printing|
|Process||Heat is used to transfer dye onto polyester or polymer-coated substrates.||Water-based ink is directly printed onto the garment or fabric.||Heat is used to transfer printed film onto garments or other substrates.|
|Fabric||Works best on polyester and polymer-coated items.||Varieties of fabrics including cotton, blends, and polyester.||Works on multiple fabric types.|
|Color||Vibrant and long-lasting colors.||Good color reproduction.||Excellent color saturation and vibrancy.|
|Print Quality||High resolution with smooth gradients and color transitions.||Capable of reproducing intricate details and complex designs.||High level of detail and clarity.|
|Production Speed||Quick production time.||Fast production speed for single or small quantity prints.||Fast and efficient production process.|
|Cost||Initial investment in printer, ink, and heat press equipment.||Moderate initial investment.||Moderate initial investment.|
|Versatility||Limited to polyester and polymer-coated substrates.||Versatile for various fabric types and textures.||Versatile for different fabric types and substrates.|
|Special Considerations||Requires specific ink and sublimation-compatible substrates.||Pre-treatment may be required for some fabrics.||Requires printed films and adhesive powder/ink.|