Garment Printing Explained

Printing types

Type Products Colors Pricing overview
Screen printing Garments Up to 10 Inexpensive in bulk. Costs increase with color count
Direct-to-garment Garments Full color Mid-priced for all quantities
Sublimation Phone cases Full color Low-priced for all quantities
Sublimation Mugs Full color Low-priced for all quantities
Screen printing basics

Screen printing, sometimes referred to as silk screening, is a form of garment printing in which plastisol-based inks are pressed through a screen onto a garment, leaving a layer of ink on top of the fabric. Screen printing is the most established and widely-used form of garment printing available.

During the printing process, a set of screens (one for each color being printed) rotates around a press in a carousel motion and takes turns being pressed onto each garment.

We require vector EPS files to be submitted for screen print orders.

DTG printing basics

Direct to garment (or DTG) printing involves an advanced inkjet printer laying ink directly onto a garment.

These prints are generally thinner than screenprints, allowing for more intricate designs and a softer print texture. The full range of color in a photograph or gradients of an image can be expressed.

We require high-quality (150 dpi) raster PNG files to be submitted for DTG print orders.

Sublimation printing basics

Sublimation printing occurs when ink is transferred by heat and pressure to a specially treated surface.

These prints feature vibrant, high-fidelity color and are very durable. We use sublimation printing for our phone cases and mugs, producing accurate results.

We require high-quality (150 dpi) raster PNG files to be submitted for sublimation print orders.