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The right combination of Printing Techniques!

Both digital and traditional textile printing give printing companies with distinct opportunities that enable them to produce incredible results. But how can you combine the advantages of both printing techniques so that you get the most out of each? How can these strategies be used to improve print quality?

In this article, I'll walk you through three different scenarios and show you how to increase print quality and create the right match between your conventional and digital textile printing machines in each one.

Scenario 1: Use a digital printer to create samples for orders that will be printed on a traditional printer.

If you want to increase print quality, make sure your digitally printed samples match the output you create with your traditional printing machines as closely as possible. To do so, you must first create a colour match. When it comes to digital printing, this means ensuring that the colours you see on your screen match your printing output as closely as possible in terms of hue, saturation, and brightness. Every printer in digital textile printing comes with unique software that makes colour matching a breeze. In traditional printing, producing a colour match entails aiming to mix the colours in the ink mixing laboratory so that you end up with the ideal hue, saturation, and brightness for your design.

You'll see that the digital textile printing machine can create a greater print quality, especially when printing colour gradients, while establishing this colour match for both machines. We at Droptech ensure you of the highest quality.

When using digitally printed samples for orders that will be printed with a conventional printer, make sure to explain to your customers how the samples differ from the final product.

Scenario 2: Use a digital textile printer for small orders and a traditional printing machine for large orders.

Another alternative is to start with a digital textile printing machine and then transition to a traditional printing machine as the quantity grows. If your design includes halftones, you have two alternatives, which I'll refer to as situations 2 and 3. The key distinction is that rasters are required to generate halftones in traditional printing. Because digital printing does not require these rasters (it does, but at a much greater resolution), the digital print will always appear smoother. So, if your customer's order volume grows, you can give them the option of having their textiles produced on a digital textile printing machine, maintaining high-quality standards for smooth halftone, and paying a premium for digital? Or do they wish to go back to traditional printing, taking into consideration the visible rasters that traditional printing requires, with the major benefit being a lower price? Customers will be able to make their own decisions in this manner.

Scenario 3: Using digital and conventional textile printing machines interchangeably without seeing any difference in output

You can select to simulate raster’s in your digital print if your design incorporates halftones that require rastering for traditional printing. So, if you want to use both types of machines interchangeably but don't want your consumers to notice the difference in output, you only have one option: set up your digital printer to match the printing quality of your conventional machine.

Despite being able to achieve this exact picture quality match, there will always be minor variances in how conventional and digital textile printers increase print quality. Printing white on black fabric, for example, or dealing with extreme dark navy blue colours or burnouts are all things that traditional printing can do. Nonetheless, the Best Image software helps you make a wonderful match between traditional and digital printing by taking these minor variations into account, allowing you to utilize both machines interchangeably in your production line.

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