The Endless Possibilities of the Digital Textile Printing in Fashion.

I love digital textile printing on fabric.

I love the vibrancy of colours and softness of fabric…but most of all I love the endless creativity and getting the print work just perfect.

Digital Textile Printing is a process, which means unlimited amount of colours, minimal set-up costs and the flexibility to print any quantity of fabric from micro-runs to full rolls. Only imagination is the limit to the results can be achieved by digital printing!

Digital Textile Printing Process versus Traditional.

Designs can be created digitally with almost any graphic design software (Photoshop and Illustrator are the most popular off the shelf). Remember, the quality of the file is an integral component of the digital fabric printing process. Alternatively, existing artwork or photographs can be scanned and then digitally manipulated to make a textile design. Usually textile designs are created as a seamless pattern that is repeated (tiled or stepped) across the fabric for the traditional layout of continuous yardage or a textile design that is custom engineered to fit the products’ cut and sewn pieces.

Traditional textile print development revolves around 2 types of printed patterns, the repeated pattern and the engineered panel piece. The repeated pattern is typically created for rotary screen-printing and often done in high volumes of 3,000 m or more for production. The engineered panel piece is typically created for flat bed screen-printing is often done for strategic placement of a print onto a garment unit such as an apparel top or bottom or a border print.

Digital Textile / Fabric Printing Technology

Some of the latest advances in textile printing have been in the area of ink jet printing development. This process is similar to the computer controlled paper printers used for office applications but on a complicated scale where numerous variables are managed to give you the best possible outcome on fabric. Some of the variables needed for coordination of successful digital fabric printing are files and color management, printer, fabric pre and post treatment processes, inks/dyes, and client expectations.

Environmental Awareness

Digital printing is more environmentally friendly than other traditional screen-printing methods because you are printing the exact amount of ink/dyes needed to print directly on the fabric through the direction of RIP/printer settings. There is minimal to no waste cleanup, which means every drop is printed on demand from the exact amount of yardage and coverage needed. Digital fabric printing saves water and the environment.

First2Print™ is a large format digital fabric printing studio that supplies custom printing services to designers, merchandisers, artists, manufacturers and sewers from around the world out of our central NY and LA office locations.

All Artworks for Digital Textile Printing Designed by Irina Kalonatchi

Staying Original is Important.

It may seem like a good idea to use digital printing to make a copy of a popular commercial print that is no longer available, but unlike clothing designs, print designs can be (and usually are) copyrighted by the artist or the manufacturer. It’s best to stick with your own unique designs. And its more fun anyway!

Artworks for Fabric designed by Irina Kalonatchi

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