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5 Reasons You Should Be Printing to textiles


Reason #1: Textiles are  easy to print.

Perhaps there was a time when printing to a textile required a process called dye-sublimation. A fancy term for costly and difficult. But these days just about any printer, solvent, latex, UV even aqueous can print on a textile. More importantly the color will be great if you choose the right textile.

Reason #2: Textiles stand out.

Take a walk through a mall and you’ll see the typical PVC banner roll-up, curling edges and stiff and, well, plastic. The right textile can be used and the roll-up becomes soft to the touch, lighter and edge curling is lessened significantly.

Reason #3: Textile banners create an effective message.

Image, as shown in the image above, you placed 2-4 textile banners next to each other to form a message. Now your selling 2-4 roll-up and not just one! Instant profit and effective messaging. If you want to stand out, then using this technique can make you really different and your customer will love it!

Reason #4: Textiles are lighter than other medias.

If you have to ship your 20 ft by 40 ft PVC banner your going to pay a premium for shipping costs. Textile banners of the same size are lighter and can be folded into a smaller area, making shipping less expensive.

Reason #5: There is a textile for any application.

Not all textiles are created equal, but there are many choices these days. Textiles can be used in roll-up banners stands, table drops, flag messages and on removable, repositionable wall graphics. Images redesigning an entire hotel lobby with textiles! 

As you can see there are at least five reasons you should be printing with textiles.

  • But where can you find them and how do you pick the right one for your particular printer and application?
  • Where do you get the ICC profiles needed for getting vivid colors?
  • Where can you get samples to test?

Use the link below to get our comprehensive report on printable textiles.
 

  Comprehensive Printable Textile Report

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Windows Graphics Made Easy with gudy Window by SEAL

Posted by Mark Rugen on Wed, Feb 20, 2013 @ 01:30 PM
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Are you interested in window graphics? Are you having issues with your graphic sticking to a window that is cold or has high moisture? Would you like to do more window graphics? gudy (r) Window by SEAL my be the solution.

zeeks window resized 600Why Window Graphics? 

No doubt, window graphics, especially repositionable, easily removable, window graphics is a major market. Why? Well, it’s one of the best ways for a retail shop to advertise a product, a special or some other important message.

Removable, repositionable window graphics is also a great way to attract attention to a shop through messages or graphics that change or move regularly.

We live in an age of information noise. In your most recent car ride, do you actually remember any one sign? Was there one graphic or message on a store that stood out? What about when you last walked the shopping mall? Do you remember a particularly cute or memorable sign on a window front? Probably not.

Since there are so many stores competing for your attention, static window signage is simply ignored or overlooked. However, what if that same retail shop were to change the window messaging once a month or more?

Overcoming Costs and Installation Issues

One issue with this advertising strategy may be cost. Another consideration may be the labor involved in installation and removal. gudy(r) Window by SEAL could be the answer to both.

gudy Window by SEAL is two adhesives in one. Let me explain, the process of using gudy Window is simple:

  1. Print your image on a substrate such as Neschen’s Satin 240 paper,
  2. Use your laminator to attached the permanent part of gudy to the image. gudy is used just like a laminating film,
  3. Trim your image,
  4. gudy window has an air release, textured, removable, repositionable adhesive on the side that will attach to the window.
  5. Supply the image to your customer
  6. They remove the protective liner and simply place on the window where they like and reposition as necessary, no special tolls needed!

So gudy window solves several issues. One it’s allows the folks making it to use paper media that is simply cheaper than more expensive window cling medias and easier to print to asdescribe the imagewell. In addition, the signage can be installed by the store personnel, o the sign shop need not travel and spend time installing. Finally, its temporary and can be removed as easily as it’s installed!

Watch an Installation

To really see the easy with which this product is used, it may be better to watch a video of the process. Believe me, its worth the few minutes out of your day.

 

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How-To: Print On Fabric With An Inkjet Printer

By nataliezdrieu, 2010/07/07 @ 12:00 pm

By Andrew Lewis

Sometimes I have a great idea for a textile project, but I get put off by the thought of trawling through the seemingly endless bolts of fabric at the store. Then I think about the hassle of haggling over the price and ending up with three times as much fabric as I actually needed.

I decided to try printing my own fabric on an inkjet printer, and the results really exceeded my expectations. The advantages to this technique are tremendous, and I don’t have to haggle over prices any more.

I get my own designs, in the quantity I need, at a fraction of the price I would normally pay. The only drawback is that people keep asking me to print something special for them, too!

About Ink

Printing your own fabric is not as difficult as it sounds, and you don’t need any special equipment to get started. The only secret to a successful print is to make sure that you have the right type of ink. Cheap printer cartridges and refills often use a dye-based ink that colors unpredictably on fabric, and may even wash out completely in water.

More expensive printer cartridges use pigment ink. Pigment ink is colorfast on many different surfaces, and is much more useful for printing on fabric.

Unfortunately, finding out if you have pigment ink or dye is not always straightforward. Your printer manual is a good place to start, and a physical examination of the ink should settle the matter beyond doubt. When the printer cartridges need changing, remove the yellow ink and place some on a piece of glass. Yellow pigment ink will be vibrant but opaque, while yellow dye will be transparent and almost brown in color.

Disclaimer: Not all printers can print on fabric, and putting fabric through your printer could damage it permanently. This is an experimental technique, and you should only try it if you understand that it involves an element of risk.

MATERIALS

Light-colored fabric

Printer that uses pigment inks

Scissors

Card

Sticky tape

DIRECTIONS

Step 1: Choose a light-colored, flat fabric, and cut it to the maximum width that your printer can handle. I have an Epson R1800, so it can take just over A3+ width of fabric. If your printer supports printing from a roll, then you can make the fabric as long as you like. Otherwise you will need to cut the fabric into sheets. If you are using a long length of fabric, you might want to roll it onto a cardboard tube to make it more manageable.

Step 2: Take a piece of card the same width as the fabric and fix the end of fabric to the card using sticky tape. The card works like a leader, giving the printer something to hold onto when you first start printing. I use a piece of card about 10″ long, and tape the fabric about 2″ in from the end. Once the card is through the printer, the weight will help keep the fabric running smoothly.

Step 3: Feed the card into the printer. On the Epson R1800, I use the roll feed to accept the paper, because the paper enters the printer at a more shallow angle and also because I can print unlimited lengths using the banner mode of the printer.

Step 4: Create your design on the computer, and then print it out. Keep a constant eye on the printer while it is running, and watch that the fabric doesn’t get creased or jam up the head. If you do have a problem, turn the printer off at the wall and clear the fabric manually before restoring power. Do not pull or move the fabric while it is still being printed. Slight changes in fabric tension can make your design distort, and increase the chance of creases forming.

Step 5: You will need to fiddle around with the brightness / color settings on your printer to get the design looking right. Each fabric is slightly different, and experimentation is absolutely necessary if you want to get good results.

Step 6: When the printing is finished, you should leave your new custom fabric to dry for about an hour. You might find that some of the ink comes off on your hands when you first handle the fabric. This is normal, and is nothing to worry about. Simply rinse the fabric in warm water to remove any excess pigment, and then hang it out to dry.

Step 7: When the fabric is dry, iron the reverse side at low temperature. From this point onwards, the fabric can be treated just like shop-bought fabric. I recommend using a cool wash and ironing on the reverse side where possible to help preserve the colors.

About the Author:

Andrew Lewis is a journalist, a maker, an ardent victophile, and the founder of the http://www.upcraft.it blog. He is currently studying for a PhD. in archaeometrics and 3D scanning at the University of Wolverhampton.

via MAKE | How-To: Print on Fabric with an Inkjet Printer.


The Print Wire
Other news from the industry
Jan 21, 2013
InfoTrends Study Estimates a Compound Annual Growth Rate of 30.7% for Digital Textile Market
InfoTrends has recently completed a new study examining the digital textile printing segment called Transforming Textile Printing. This study explores the textile market supply chain, sizes and forecasts the digital textile printing market, and focuses on the demand drivers for digital textile production.

The potential for digital printing to influence the printed textile market has long been promised, yet only now, with the new dynamics on the demand generation side and the introduction of super high-speed digital printing systems with open ink configurations are fabrics printing companies able to meet new customer demands.

The global textile industry is worth approximately $1 trillion. Of that, InfoTrends estimates that the value of digitally printed textile garments, décor items, and industrial products is valued at $10.3 billion in 2012, or less than 1.5% of the total market. Although the digital textile printing market is small in comparison to the entire textile industry, it is growing rapidly. InfoTrends estimates that revenues from digital textile equipment and ink sales will grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 30.7%. According to InfoTrends, some key trends that are driving this growth include risk mitigation from the retailer and brand community, and on the technology side the emergence of high quality, high spend inkjet print heads, the availability of moderately priced solutions that enable new market entrants, and open system inkjet print heads that allow for multiple ink suppliers resulting in lower ink prices.

Transforming Textile Printing covers digital printing of garments, décor, and industrial products. It covers:

-Digital textile printing hardware systems providers and inkjet print head manufacturers

-Digital textile printing ink suppliers and ink types

-Fibers and fabrics used in textile printing

-Sustainability in digital textile printing

This study is based on in-depth interviews with buyers and specifiers of digital textiles, digital textile print service providers, and suppliers to the digital textile printing industry (hardware suppliers, inkjet print head manufacturers, and systems integrators). InfoTrends conducted 67 interviews in all. The reach was global, with interviews primarily in China, India, the United States, and Italy, with a mix from some other European countries.


Epson unveils SureColor F-Series textile printer

January 18, 2013 (United States Of America)

Epson SureColor F6070 and F7070 Deliver Increased Performance, Reliability, and Profitability to Digital Textile Production

 

Epson America enters the dye-sublimation printing market for the first time with the announcement of two roll-fed dye-sublimation transfer printers – the 44-inch SureColor F6070 and the 64-inch SureColor F7070.

The new SureColor F-Series printers are not only the first dye sublimation models from Epson, but also the first in the market in which every component – from ink and print-head to printer chassis and bulk ink delivery system – is designed and manufactured by a single company.  The result is a high-performance dye-sublimation transfer printing technology designed for exceptional reliability and industrial-level production with high quality output up to 1,440 x 720 dpi on all leading transfer papers.

The all-new SureColor F-Series models support an extensive range of applications, including efficient production of high-quality soft signage, sportswear, apparel, accessories, and customized promotional items such as mouse pads and ceramic mugs. Depending upon the application, both models can output at speeds up to 618 square feet per hour, and both feature an integral and easily refillable, high-capacity 1.5 liter bulk ink system.

Developed over a three-year period, Epson UltraChrome DS is a specially-formulated dye-sublimation ink, producing outstanding images with vibrant colors, intense blacks, sharp contours, and smooth gradations. This all-new ink technology exhibits excellent light- and wash-fastness, as well as resistance to alkaline and acid perspiration. Designed specifically for Epson UltraChrome DS ink technology, the newly optimized Epson MicroPiezo TFP print head ensures precise and repeatable performance as well as excellent longevity. The printers are designed to be used exclusively with the Epson UltraChrome DS inks1.

Epson is also introducing a new line of dye-sublimation transfer papers designed specifically for the SureColor F-Series. Epson low-tack adhesive is dedicated for high-end cut-and-sew fabric and apparel production, while the Epson standard multipurpose paper is ideal for a variety of transfer applications that use either soft or rigid surfaces, including t-shirts, mouse pads and ceramics. Both papers utilize a unique chemical coating that allows for heavier ink loads to provide superior color, and will be available in 328-foot rolls in both 44-inch and 64-inch widths.

“We are excited to provide the garment printing industry with industrial-level printers engineered from the ground up for true dye-sublimation production,” said Catalina Frank , product manager, Professional Imaging, Epson America , Inc. “Developed using our latest performance imaging technology, the SureColor F-Series allows our customers to take on more jobs and generate more profits, while reducing the number of printers needed for full production capacity.”

 
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