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Printing Techniques

Spreadshirt offers a variety of printing techniques like digital direct, flex and flock printing. Whenever you shop in the Marketplace or personalise a product with the T-Shirt Designer, a suitable print method is pre-set depending on the graphics file. Vector graphics are best suited for flex prints, flock prints and thermal sublimation, whereas pixel graphics are good for digital printing and thermal sublimation. Let’s examine the look and application of the different print methods a bit more closely.

This is how we print: Plotting

Flex printing (smooth)

Smooth (flex print)

 

The design is printed on matte foil and then heat-pressed on the product. More about flex printing

Flock printing (velvety)

Velvety (flock print)

 

The design is cut out of a velvety foil and then heat-pressed on the product. More about flock printing

Special (flex printing)

Special (flex print)

 

This special kind of flex printing is made by applying special effect foils, e.g. glitter or reflective foils.

This is how we print: Digital Print

Digital direct

Digital Direct

 

In computer-controlled production, the colours are sprayed on the item. More about Digital Direct

Thermo sublimation

Thermo sublimation

 

The design is initially printed on a transfer foil and then printed on the product by means of thermal evaporation. More about thermal evaporation

Digital Transfer/
Laser Transfer

Laser Transfer

 
 

The design is initially printed on a transfer foil and then printed on the product by applying heat. White products receive a transparent foil, colour products a white transfer foil.

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