The process of printing on garments with digital apparel printers is extraordinarily easy, and with AnaJet it can take less than a minute to print.
Design a graphic in Spark or your graphic design program, or receive a custom graphic from a customer. For example, if you are using an mPower, drag and drop the graphic into AnaRIP, AnaJet’s proprietary RIP software. AnaRIP allows you to control ink settings, image placement, and other print options for your graphic. Once the graphic is ripped and your ideal settings are selected, you click “print” within the program, and the graphic is sent to your AnaJet printer.
Next, load your garment onto your AnaJet printer, preview your image on the console, and push “Print” on the printer.
The printer will print the graphic directly on the garment – printing a single pass of CMYK ink for a light colored garment, or two passes for a dark colored garment – first a white ink “underbase” and then the CMYK ink.
Dark colored garments also require pretreatment before printing so that the white ink underbase adheres to the garment, allowing the colors to stand out instead of being lost in the dark color of the garment.
Once the graphic finishes printing, remove the garment from the printer and place it on your heat press for 60 to 90 seconds to heat-cure the ink to the shirt. Tunnel dryers also work, used according to the manufacturer’s directions.
Digital Garment Printing Quality
Digitally printed graphics feel much softer on garments than any other method. When properly cured and cared for, the impression will last as long as the life of the shirt because the ink permanently adheres to the fabric.
AnaJet direct to garment printers are known for their vibrant print quality, and because you can print millions of colors in one pass, your graphics can be incredibly intricate and detailed. Gradients, text and photographs are all possibilities at your fingertips with digital garment printing.
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