Hello! Are you curious about printing works on the clothes?
Here we would like to show you some of common printing processes, you will know how they work, we hope this will help you to choose the right process in the design of your custom outdoor clothes to achieve your desired effect. You will find some information about embroidery work here as well.

printing process

Heat Transfer Printing
Use thermal dye ink to print on dye-sublimation paper/color inkjet paper, and heat the pigment molecules to transfer to the fabric.
Advantages: The colors are vivid, the layers are clear, and the adjacent color differences can be shown without affecting the original gorgeousness.
Disadvantages: It can only be used on fabrics with more than 80% content of polyester, and it can not accurately match colors. A test print is required before printing.

Digital direct injection
Similar to the principle of a printer, patterns are printed directly on the fabric, suitable for photo effects, gradients or patterns with many details, and are not limited by the number of colors.
Advantages: High printing accuracy, no need for plate making, and basically no pattern restrictions.
Disadvantages: Accurate color matching is not possible, the actual printed pattern is darker than the artwork, and the cost of ink is high.

Ordinary Offset Printing
Ordinary offset printing is suitable for solid color patterns with clear colors. One set of colors needs to be made into a set of screens, and special dyes are used to print 3-4 times to ensure that the printing will not fall off easily.
Advantages: bright colors, long shelf life, cheap prices and time saving for large batches.
Disadvantages: the more colors, the higher the price, not breathable, not suitable for large-area patterns.

Thick Board Mortar Printing
It is based on offset printing and is printed multiple times to increase the printing thickness to create a three-dimensional effect.
Advantages: The material is soft to the touch, the pattern is neat and beautiful, and the three-dimensional effect is strong.
Disadvantages: High requirements for coatings and craftsmanship, prone to quality problems, the thinnest lines of the pattern must not be less than 2mm, otherwise the pattern may be distorted.

Foaming Printing
It can be called a three-dimensional printing process. Expanding chemicals are added to the printing ink, a “relief”-like effect will appear after the printing dries.
Advantages: good fastness, elasticity, soft hand feel, wear-resistant and washable, strong three-dimensional effect.
Disadvantages: If you use oil-based foam, the feel will be slightly affected.

Printing with Cracking Effect
A special chemical gel is used to mix the dye with a high degree of seamlessness. The dye is firmly attached to the fabric through the medium of the gel, and will naturally burst like a moire effect after drying naturally or drying.
Advantages: Can be combined with a variety of printing processes, suitable for various types of patterns.
Disadvantages: complex process and high cost.

Flocking Printing
A printing that uses high-voltage electrostatic fields to plant short fibers on cloth.
Advantages: soft to the touch and good warmth retention.
Disadvantages: It is easy to fall off when the number of washing times increases, and there is sticky hair.

Three-Dimensional Steel Seal
Directly emboss the concave and convex feeling on the fabric, so that the clothing can have a 3D effect while maintaining the original color.
Advantages: Not easy to deform, overall looks very high-end.
Disadvantages: Thick fabrics are difficult to be operated and may deform after repeated washing.

embroidery process

Embroidery is a craft of sewing patterns with threads, used for text, icons and simple patterns.
Advantages: The pattern is firm and not easily deformed, three-dimensional and intuitive.
Disadvantages: The embroidery work is not for large areas, the price and cost is high.

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