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PRINTING
WITH
LITTLE
OR NO
FEEL
HOW TO CREATE THE SOFTEST
PRINT WHILE MAINTAINING
ITS QUALITY.
By Thomas Trimingham
IF YOU'RE IN THE imprinted apparel industry you've most likely collected
several dozen graphic T-shirts. And out of those shirts, you probably tend to
pick the softest feeling one to wear on the weekend. Almost everyone likes a
really soft, printed garment, but for many printers, printing them can seem
too adventurous.
One of the biggest barriers to the softness of a shirt can be a large printed
area. If there's a heavy print that covers the front or back of the garment, the
shirt is less appealing when you want to relax or complete a hard workout.
(A big solid print can tend to stick to your skin when you get sweaty and it
won't allow airflow.) Fortunately, there are a lot of solutions to achieve a
very soft print. The following methods apply to finished blank garments and
cotton fabrics, are easy to implement, and will benefit medium-sized apparel
decorator businesses: discharge printing, water-based printing, and softhand plastisol printing. There are advantages to each of these, but one style
of printing may make the most sense for your shop.
Before we dive into the different printing types, let's discuss the term
"soft." What I'm talking about is related to factors of "absorption" vs.
"application." An application print will sit on the surface and have some
difference to the feel of the printed area. Conversely, you won't be able to
feel where the print is on the garment if it's an absorbent print.

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