Three Types of Fabric Printing Techniques
By Kelly | 13 November 2018 | 0 Comments

Three Types of Fabric Printing Techniques



Digital printing on fabric is a new technology that has a lot of applications. This technology has made it possible to reproduce various designs and photos on synthetic or natural textile. With these techniques, it's now possible to produce excellent and high-quality products quickly and cheaply.

Digital fabric printing is mainly used in trade fairs and advertisement, e.g., in banners, and displays as well as in internal decoration such as in decorative textile, curtains, and cushions. Moreover, fashion designers and artists use this kind of printing to make decorative items, e.g., clothes and canvas pictures.

Digital printing techniques depend on the type of material you use. Here are 3 different types of fabric printing techniques. Read on to find out more. 

Screen Printing

Screen printing generally involves creating a screen, commonly known as a stencil. This screen is then used in applying ink on a printing surface. Different and unique individual colors are applied using different screens. All of them are applied once at a time until you obtain the required final look.

Therefore, if a design has many colors, you will require more setups and more screens. In screen printing, a thinker ink is used as compared to digital printing. This results in more vivid and realistic colors, i.e., shirts or other items become brighter and clearer.

Inkjet Printing

This is an evolution of the dot-matrix printers. In inkjet printing uses a technology that sprays ionized ink onto a moving paper that is fed into a printing machine. The ionized ink is usually directed by magnetic plates.

These are among the most affordable types of printing machines and are mostly used as business or home printers. It's worth noting that copies that have been printed from inkjet printer need some time dry.

Dye-sublimation Printing

This is a type of digital printing on fabric that allows you to print photo-lab-quality pictures at home. This technology works by using heat to move dye onto a material, e.g., paper, fabric or card. Contrary to inkjet printers, a dye-sublimation printer doesn’t lay down individual dots. Instead, dots can be easily distinguished from a close distance making its digital pictures less realistic.

The inside of this printer has a long roll of a transparent film that looks like sheets of blue, yellow, grey or red colored cellophane which seem to be stuck together. The four basic colors used in printing are embedded in the film, i.e., magenta, yellow, black and cyan. The printer head passes over this film to causing dye vaporization which leads to the creation of photo-lab-quality pictures.

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