How To Distinguish DTG Printing Or Sublimation Printing?

There are a few ways to distinguish between Direct-To-Garment Printing and Sublimation Printing:

When it comes to printing on fabrics, it’s important to consider the type of fabric being used. In most cases,  Sublimation Printing is best suited for polyester fabrics, while cotton, silk, linen, and rayon fabrics require Direct-To-Garment Printing. Using reactive digital printing for paper transfer on these fabrics can be costly, so it’s generally not recommended.


In terms of ink permeability, Direct-To-Garment Printing allows for good penetration, with patterns visible on both sides of the fabric. However, Sublimation Printing products tend to only penetrate the front surface of the fabric, leaving the reverse side in its original color.


When fabrics are made into clothing, differences in stitching and color can be noticeable. Sublimation Printing can result in white stitching, which is not ideal for high-end clothing brands. Additionally, the fabric can be darker on one side and lighter on the other, making it unsuitable for items like scarves.


Finally, there are differences in fabric feel and dye appearance between Direct-To-Garment Printing and Sublimation Printing. Direct-To-Garment Printing fabric requires washing and finishing, whereas Sublimation Printing is complete after the transfer process.


Overall, choosing between Sublimation Printing and  Direct-To-Garment Printing depends on the fabric type and desired outcome. Thermal transfer is best for surface coloring, while direct digital printing allows for coloring through the bottom.

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