Textile Printing Solutions Comparison

Custom fit textile printing solutions to suit every need and budget

You could be styling designs for the catwalks of Paris or Milan, printing jerseys for your local sporting team, mass producing banners for a national car dealer or creating one-off photo gifts and corporate merchandise – whatever your requirement, GJS has a textile printing solution that is right for you. As one of Australia’s leading distributors of printing products for the textile industry the team at GJS combine over thirty year’s experience, hands-on technical know-how, colour expertise, and targeted market intelligence about the unique needs of the textile industry.

Starting with entry level desktop dye sublimation and colour laser transfer options, to thermal textile vinyl transfers and direct-to-garment printers, right through to production-premium wide format dye sublimation and direct screen printing machines, GJS has the widest range of textile printing solutions in Australia.

However, a complete textile printing solution brings together more than just high quality production inks and the right equipment. Which is why if you’re printing onto natural or synthetic fibres, light or dark fabrics or in high or low volumes – GJS guarantees to customise a solution to address your specific textile printing needs and requirements.

Speak to one of our textile experts for further information.

Textile Printing Solutions

 

GJS textile printing solutions

  Dye Sublimation Digital Transfers Dye Sublimation Digital Transfers with SubliTex# ChromaBlast Digital Cotton Transfers
Setup Costs $ $ $
Highlights
  • Limited equipment required: Computer, printer & press
  • Print full-colour detailed photographs, text or logos
  • Quick setup time
  • Effectively no cleanup process
  • No chemicals, screens or frames
  • Transfer cannot be felt on the garment
  • Print will not wash out
  • Not limited to just printing textiles - mugs, ceramic tiles, glass ...
  • Limited equipment required: computer, printer & press
  • Print full-colour detailed photographs, text or logos
  • Quick setup time
  • Effectively no cleanup process
  • No chemicals, screens/frames
  • Using SubliTex allows you to transfer dye sublimation image onto cotton and dark garments
  • Very easy to weed
  • No application tape required
  • Transfer is very thin
  • Choose between glossy or matt transfer finish
  • Excellent washability
  • Limited equipment required: computer, printer & press
  • Print full-colour detailed photographs, text or logos
  • Quick setup time
  • Effectively no cleanup process
  • No chemicals, screens/frames
  • Very soft hand that is reduced after the first wash
  • Excellent washability
  • Very simple 'Print & Press' operation - no additional steps required
Limitations
  • Transfer size limited to printer, press & size
  • Limited choice of polyester garments
  • Transfer size limited to printer, press & paper size
  • Transfer can be felt on the garment
  • Requires a vinyl cutter with optical eye for best results otherwise scissors can be used for less complex images
  • Larger transfer sizes on t-shirts promotes perspiration
  • Transfer size limited to printer, press & paper size
  • Slight over-print is reduced after the first wash
  • Cotton garments ‘fluff-up’ after the first wash though can be minimised with higher quality garments
Garment Fabric Polyester Any^ Cotton^
Garment Colour Light Coloured Light & Dark White
Production Runs One-offs to Medium One-offs to Medium One-offs to Small
Starter Kits From $3,600
View Dye Sublimation Starter Kits
$2,400
View ChromaBlast Starter Kits
Read More What is Dye Sublimation? What is ChromaBlast?

 

  Laser Heat Transfers CAD-Cut Heat Transfer Vinyl Print & Cut Heat Transfer Vinyl
Setup Costs $ $ $$
Highlights
  • No extra equipment investment for single colour process
  • Works with regular laser printers or copiers
  • Self-weeding designs, no weeding required
  • Complex, intricate designs can be achieved within 5 minutes
  • Very soft feel of hand
  • Available in metallic colours
  • Full colour options available
  • Works with any porous surface inc. paper, wood, etc
  • Ideal for names, numbers and logos
  • Very easy to use
  • Excellent durability
  • Works on almost everything including nylon
  • Wide colour range available
  • Excellent durability
  • Works on almost everything including nylon
  • Easy to use
  • Combines durability of heat transfer vinyl with full colour capability of digital printing
  • Good solution for dark garments
  • Printer accurately displays ink consumption per job for accurate quoting.
Limitations
  • Transfer size limited to printer, press & paper size
  • Limited washability – 40 washes
  • Image size limited to cutter and press size
  • Transfer can be felt on the garment however is very thin
  • Photo quality, gradients, continuous tone is not possible
  • More than 3 colours, or intricate detail becomes labour intensive
  • Weeding is time consuming
  • Larger transfer sizes on t-shirts promotes perspiration
  • Transfer can be felt on the garment however is very thin
  • Cost of equipment
  • Learning curve associated with more advanced technology
  • Weeding is time consuming
  • Requires application tape
  • Larger transfer sizes on t-shirts promotes perspiration
Garment Fabric Any Any^ Any^
Garment Colour Any Light & Dark Light & Dark
Production Runs One-offs to Medium One-offs to Medium One-offs to Medium
Starter Kits From $2,400
View FOREVER Laser Heat Transfer Starter Kit
 $3,500
View Thermal Vinyl Film for Textiles Starter Kit
$9,900
View Digital Printable Film for Textiles Starter Kit
Read More What are Laser Heat Transfers? What is the Thermal Vinyl Film for Textiles system?

 

  Direct-to-Garment DTG Printer Traditional Screen Printing Plastisol Heat Transfers
Setup Costs $$$ $$ $$
Highlights
  • You cannot 'feel' the print on the garment
  • Very easy to use
  • Prints full-colour detailed photographs, text or logos
  • Quick setup time
  • Effectively no cleanup process
  • No chemicals, screens or frames
  • Transfer cannot be felt on the garment
  • Excellent washability
  • Limited equipment required: computer, DTG printer & press
  • Printer accurately displays ink consumption per job for accurate quoting
  • Large production runs very cost effective
  • Print longevity
  • High-impact/opaque colours
  • Dye allows air circulation in fabric
  • Print fluorescent and phosphorescent (glow-in-the-dark) images
  • Print many small designs/logos onto one large transfer sheet
  • No need to inventory different printed t-shirts; transfer onto shirt when there is demand
  • Eliminates the need to store screens
  • Excellent for fine and halftone printing
  • Quick transfer process
  • Produce foil transfers using a printable adhesive first
Limitations
  • Cost of equipment
  • Cost of equipment
  • Exposed inks are messy
  • Requires a large working area for all the equipment
  • One-off jobs are cost prohibitive due to setup required
  • Requires talented staff with extensive experience
  • in screen printing to run a print shop
  • Requires a range of positives, chemicals, screens/frames, mesh and ink stock
  • Full colour photographs require a 4 colour process print; 4 screens, 4 stencils, 4 positives, proofing, colour separations, etc
  • Cost of equipment
  • Exposed inks are messy
  • Requires a large working area for all the equipment
  • One-off jobs are cost prohibitive due to setup required
  • Requires talented staff with extensive experience
  • in screen printing to run a print shop
  • Transfer can be felt on the garment
  • Larger transfer sizes on t-shirts promotes perspiration
  • Requires a range of positives, chemicals, screens/frames, mesh and ink stock
  • Can’t iron plastisol
Garment Fabric Cotton or White Polyester% Any^ Any^
Garment Colour Light & Dark Light & Dark Light & Dark
Production Runs One-offs to Medium Medium to Large Medium to Large
Starter Kits From Brother and Epson DTG Printer Packages $8,900
View Textile Screen Printing Starter Kits
$9,500
View Plastisol Heat Transfer Starter Kits
Read More What is Direct to Garment (DTG) Printing?

 

^ GJS encourages users to conduct their own tests on specific garments. Certain fabric, media and ink combinations may not be suitable for certain garments. Contact us if you have any concerns.

# SubliTex: The dye sublimation printed transfer is first cut-out (using hand scissors or a cutter with optical eye) and then transferred onto the garment. Backing paper removed and then pressed again with a 'Finishing Sheet' to improve washability.

% Washability will be affected for fabric other than cotton. Pre-treatment is required for light coloured polyester.

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