Who: BAD TASTE – Bianca Schlich
WHAT: Textile Printing Methods
The most common form of textile finishing for longer runs.
A film and a screen must be created for each color, which means that it is only worth purchasing in larger quantities.
Direct to Garment – DTG
Direct to Garment Printing offers new possibilities in textile printing.
Like InkJet Printers print on paper, you put the shirt in the printer and the design is printed directly with ink, so the amount of colrs doesn´t count. In the case of colored textiles, additional white printing ensures brilliant colors.
Flock- & Flex Printing
Flex vinyl is cut from a colored vinyl with the plotter, just like with vinyl lettering.
Flock vinyl is thicker, therefore filigree designs are not possible in the same way. Here we recommend transfer printing with a flock finish.A single slide is plotted for each color, color gradients are not possible.
There are also flex vinyls that are specially made for digital printing. These can be printed first and then plotted, so color gradients are also possible here, but you´ll get a cutting edge.
Toner- | Lasertransfer
Common method in copy shops. There are now various foils, including self-releasing ones, where no transparent film or a white rectangle remains in the background.
Transfer prints can also be refined, e.g. with hot foil or flock. Hotfoils are also known from greeting cards, a metallic foil is placed on the transfer print and pressed on again using a transfer press. Under heat the toner turns into glue that is activated and the pressure will transfer the metallic parts.
These transfers are created using screen printing, the designs are first printed on a transfer sheet. This offers the possibility of producing larger quantities at a lower price and processing the prints gradually.
There are different variants in the production, so transfers in offset are also possible, so color gradients and photo-realistic designs are possible also.