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Direct to Garment Printers: What You Need To Know

Direct to garment printers are a popular new development in the printing industry. With this type of printer, there is no need for pre-press production and you get an accurate preview of how your design will look on apparel before you print it! But, with many different types of direct to garment printers available on the market today, knowing which one best suits your needs can be difficult. If you're considering purchasing or leasing a direct to garment printer, here's what you should know:

There are three main types of direct to garment printers: inkjet, laser, and thermal transfer. Inkjet printers use a series of tiny nozzles to spray ink onto the fabric, while laser printers use heat to fuse toner onto the fabric. Thermal transfer printers work by heating up a ribbon that is then applied to the fabric.

-Inkjet printers are best for printing photos and graphics with high levels of detail. Laser printers are good for text and designs with thin lines and small details. Thermal transfer printers produce prints that are less fade resistant but have better color saturation than inkjet or laser prints.

-The size of your desired print area will also dictate which type of printer you need. Most direct to garment printers come with a print area of about 12"×12". Some models are able to enlarge or reduce the size of this printing space, but most cannot go much larger than that.

-Direct to garment printers can be used for more than just T-shirts! You can also use them to create prints on bags and hats as well as other apparel items such as aprons and pillowcases. Many direct to garment printers even have multiple heads so you can switch between different fabrics quickly without having to change the settings each time. They're great options if you intend on selling your finished products online since they allow you move directly from design creation into production once everything has been set up correctly in Photoshop (or another image editing program). The only downside is that the setup process can be a little complicated for first timers.

If you're still unsure about which direct to garment printer is best for your needs, talk to an expert at your local print shop or contact one of the many online retailers that sell these printers. They'll be more than happy to help you find the perfect machine for your business!

About William Elward

Founder of Castle Ink, William Elward has 20 years experience in the printer industry. He's been featured on CNN Money, Yahoo, PC World, Computer World, and other top publications and frequently blogs about printers and ink cartridges. He's an expert at diagnosing printer issues and has published guides to fixing common printer issues across the internet. A graduate of Bryant University and Columbia's Sulzberger Executive Leadership Program, he's held various leadership positions at The College Board, Bankrate, Zocdoc, and Everyday Health. Follow him on Twitter at William Elward's Twitter Profile