what is Dye Sublimation t-shirt printing

How to use Dye sublimation printing to customise your t-shirt in Singapore

full customised sublimation t-shirt printing

Introduction to Sublimation Printing Technology

Overview

Dye sublimation is a digital printing technology that enables the reproduction of colourful images on common everyday items. Prior to digital printing, reproducing images on these items required complex and labour-intensive processes, such as screen printing. Many printing technologies are not cost-effective when small quantities are involved, due to the time preparing the artwork and the equipment for the production process. Digital dye sublimation printing is quick and inexpensive in the setup and production, making it an ideal choice for creating personalized, one of a kind items or for mass-producing a variety of custom products. It delivers beautiful and permanent colours that are embedded in the substrate or fabric, rather than printed on the surface. Images on fabric won’t fade or crack even after multiple washings. Images on hard substrates will not chip, peel or scratch. The dye sublimation process is simple. You create an image on your computer using standard graphics software, print it onto special transfer paper using Sawgrass sublimation inks, then using a heat press, the image is pressed onto the surface at 400 degrees Fahrenheit / 204 degrees Celsius, which then causes the inks to sublimate from the paper to the polyester fibers or polymer coating on the substrate. After a short period, the heat is removed and the transfer paper is peeled away, leaving behind a permanent, full color image. Sublimation, Dyes, Polymers and Substrates To ensure consistent results from the process, it is important to understand the technology. Firstly, the key terms associated with the process are Sublimation is the change of a solid particle directly into a gaseous state, i.e., without the particle becoming liquid in this case using heat and pressure. A dye is a substance used to color materials and fibers. To dye is to impregnate color into a material. Often, this color change is permanent. In comparison, pigment (particles of solid color) inks, such as those used in screen printing, are applied to the surface of a substrate. A polymer is a chemical compound made of smaller and identical molecules (called monomers) linked together. Some polymers, such as cellulose, occur naturally, while others, such as nylon, are man-made. Because of their versatility, polymers are widely used in industry, including in the making of plastics, glass, and rubber. Substrate is a term used to describe the base material onto which images are printed. Typical substrates include not only paper (coated and uncoated), but also fabrics, plastics, metal, acrylic, glass, wood, films and foils. Dye sublimation ink consists of a solid, heat-sensitive dye, which provides the color, dissolved in liquid. Under heat and pressure, the solid dye particles change into gas, bond with any receptive polymers, and change back into a solid. The high temperature used in sublimation opens the pores of the polymer and allows the gas to enter. When the substrate is removed from the heat source and is allowed to cool, the pores close, and the gas reverts to a solid, becoming a part of the polymer. As such, the dye particles can no longer be removed and will not wash out. Digital dye-sublimation printing is achieved using inkjet printers, which deliver their ink through nozzles onto transfer paper. Sublimation inks are not ‘liquid’ they are solid particles in suspension. When enough heat is applied to the printed image on the transfer paper, the solid dye particles sublimate and the dye migrates from the paper to the substrate. The dye has very little color until heated, so the sublimated image will look very different from that which you see on the paper. The dye particles are designed to bond only with polymers (such as polyester). The higher the polyester content in the material, the more dye will bond to it, and the brighter the final image will be. This is why it is not possible to sublimate 100% cotton fabrics as there are no fibers that are receptive to the dyes present. Similarly, other natural materials used in dye-sublimation, such as ceramic, glass and metal, are first coated with polymers before they can be used. White Substrates are Best Sublimation dyes are transparent when sublimated – this is why almost all sublimation substrates are white. They allow the full color range to be visible and, exhibit their full vibrancy. Other background colors may affect the image making it invisible or changing the gamut. It is possible to sublimate on substrates that are not white as long as the sublimated image is predominantly darker than the substrate color. For example, black lettering on a red shirt. This is not recommended for photographs, or multi-color graphics as much of the image color will be lost in the base color of the substrate. ”

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Other T-shirt printing vendors in Singapore

here are some T-shirt Printing vendors we got in Singapore


Looking for the best T-shirt printing in Singapore, We contacted a few t-shirt printing companies in Singapore to check out their costs and other services they offered.

Pricing on each t-shirt is based on the followings

Size of your t-shirt design.
Colours in your t-shirt design.
Exact Quantity of your T-Shirts.
Sides of t-shirt Printing.
Material of T-shirt

Meowyprinting

good for large bulk quantities
At just $5 per piece for 100 t-shirts, this price by MeowPrints is the lowest amongst all listed in this article! Perfect if you are looking to print for large groups!

Response:
MeowyPrinting responds within an hour and is relatively efficient in answering queries. but, they will refer you to check out their catalogue on their website on your own. If you prefer to do everything yourself, then MeowyPrinting is the one for you!

Pricing for small quantities is quite expensive

Printing Time:
lead time of 5 working days min for printing.

Delivery services
They offer delivery at a fee of $20 per location, which is a reasonable price if you have a large order quantity.

Address: 8 @ TradeHub21
9 Boon Lay Way, #09-15, Singapore 609962
Operating Hours: Monday to Friday, 1pm to 4pm
Telephone: 9187 8221

Teezer

good For for large quantities
100 pieces of tee shirts for $8 per piece! This is cheapest prices from all the vendor

Response time
slow responder, Teezer tries to get back to you in half an hour with all information you need! but, information such as delivery, they will charge you more.

Pricing
For low quantity printing, the price is $16 per piece, which is a bit more expensive. so increase the quantity if you are printing!

Printing Time
time for printing is approximately 7 to 14 days.

Address: 10 Ubi Crescent, Lobby D Ubi Techpark, #05-75 S408564
Operating Hours: Mon to Fri: 9:30am to 6:30pm, Sat to Sun: 9am to 2pm
Telephone: 9838 7355

Cottonly

Best for: Competitive pricing of small and large quantities
Their pricing of t-shirts of small and large quantities is very competitive with just $5.84 per piece for 100 t-shirts and $7.58 per piece for 30 t-shirts. Be it a large-scale event or a couple of t-shirts for your kakis to wear together, you are guaranteed to save with Cottony!

Response
about a day to get back to you for all the information you need.

Printing Time
material used is Gildan Softstyle. Their lead time for printing is 1 week from payment and artwork approval date.

Payment
terms of payment, will be mainly bank transfer. Should you want to pay alternatively, do check with them for discounted prices is only via bank transfer.

Delivery services
They offer delivery to all locations at a fee of $25.

Address: 44 Kallang Place #04-11 (Four Star Building) Singapore 339172
Operating Hours: Mon to Fri: 9am to 5pm
Telephone: 8920 2386

Lovelyapples

Best For: Competitive pricing for large quantities
At $5.50 per piece (before GST) for 100 t-shirts, Lovelypears’ rates are a steal! If you are looking to order for your company or for a large group, this is the deal for you!

Response
With an average response time of about an hour, Lovelypears is rather efficient in getting back to you. However, they tend not to provide much information (e.g. payment information, minimum order quantity, details of printing method) on the various services they offer and therefore, would need follow-ups.

Printing Lead Time
Their lead time for printing is around 2 weeks upon confirmation and is dependent on quantity.

Delivery Services
They offer delivery at a fee of $25 per trip for order quantities less than 50. For order quantities greater than 50, it is free delivery!

Clients
Some of their clients include Tembusu College, blueSG and even NASDAILY Singapore!

Average response time for enquiry: 1 hour
Minimum Order Quantity: None
Price for 30 tees: $9.50 per piece (before GST)
Price for 100 tees: $5.50 per piece (before GST)
Lead time for printing: Around 2 weeks upon confirmation (Depends on quantity)

Address: 145 Paya Lebar Road, #03-06 AZ@Paya Lebar, Singapore 409015
Operating Hours: Mon to Fri: 9:30am to 7:30pm, Sat: By appointments only
Telephone: 6570 9990

T-shirt Girls

Best for: Small quantity delivery
Free delivery for 10 pieces and above! It is not a fluke, it is in fact a real steal by the T-shirt Guys! It certainly sets them apart from the rest and is very convenient, as you would not need to worry about arranging a day to collect a small quantity of t-shirts.

Printing Lead Time
Their lead time for printing is 4-7 working days upon receiving of 50% deposit/confirmation email and approval of mockup.

Payment
In terms of payment, a 50% deposit is required before commencement of order and the balance 50% is to be paid for confirmation of mockup.

Payment methods:

Bank Transfer/ PayNow/ PayLah
Cheque (necessary documents are required to be endorsed for payment with cheque)
Delivery Services
They offer free delivery for 10 pieces and above which is an amazing deal!

Average response time for enquiry: 1 day
Minimum Order Quantity: None
Price for 30 tees: $7.50/piece nett
Price for 100 tees: $5.90/piece nett
Lead time for printing: 4 – 7 working days upon receiving of 50% deposit/confirmation email and approval of mockup

Address: Valiant Industrial Building, 30 Kallang Pudding Road, 349312, #04-04
Operating Hours: Mon to Fri: 830am to 530pm (Lunch hour 1230pm to 130pm)
Telephone: 9711 7732
Website

  1. Monster pee

Best for: Competitive pricing of large quantities
As they do not charge GST, their pricing of t-shirts of large quantities is rather competitive with just $6.20 per piece for 100 t-shirts. Great if you are looking for t-shirts for events, schools or companies!

Response
They take approximately 4 hours to get back to you, and they do try to get back to your enquiries within a day. However, follow-ups will be needed on your end for more information on payment details. They are also helpful and willing to engage with you regardless of whether you are planning to order with them or not.

Pricing
In terms of pricing for small quantities, they charge $10 per piece for 30 t-shirts. It is of course, advisable to get larger quantities for better savings!

Printing Lead Time
Their lead time for printing is 7 – 10 days after order confirmation.

Payment
A 50% deposit via bank transfer. Will have to be made before they proceed with your order, which is to prevent last-minute cancellations from happening.

Delivery Services
They provide courier delivery at a fee of $20 per location which is a reasonable pricing, especially when you have large order quantities.

Address: 61 Bukit Batok Crescent #05-05
Heng Loong Building
Singapore 658078
Operating Hours: Mon to Fri: 11am to 8pm
Telephone: 8188 8188
Website

Print Inferno

Competitive pricing for large quantities
At $5.90 per piece (before GST) for 100 t-shirts, Print Infinito rates are definitely competitive! As they also offer free delivery for printing requests greater than $1000, you can save a lot more money by ordering a large quantity be it for events, school or company!

Response
With Print Infinito, you can get a reply within an hour and they provide you with the information you need. However, they do not include details about all the services they offer, including payment and therefore, will need additional follow-ups.

Printing Lead Time
Their lead time for printing is 1 week upon visual confirmation.

Delivery services
They offer delivery at a fee of $25 (before GST) per trip or free for printing requests that are greater than $1000. Due to their higher delivery cost, it is advisable to self-collect or to use their delivery service for large order quantities.

Clients
Some of their clients include Singtel, OSIM, OCBC Bank and Great Eastern.

Average response time for enquiry: 1 hour
Minimum Order Quantity: 10 pieces
Price for 30 tees: $8.90 per piece (before GST)
Price for 100 tees: $5.90 per piece (before GST)

Lead time for printing: 1 week upon visual confirmation
Address: 5 Pereira Road #03-04,
Asiawide Industrial Building,
Singapore 368025
Operating Hours: Mon to Fri: 9:30 am to 5:30 pm
Telephone: 9645 5423
Website

Teelinkers

Best for: Quick Response Time
For a quick response and helpful customer service, The Tee Inkers seems to be the place to go! Not only were they fast, but they also provide you with all the information you need to know, including the price as well as delivery options. Their average response time was about 20 minutes and the fastest amongst all the companies listed in this article. Great if you need information urgently!

Pricing
Like almost all t-shirt printing companies, the larger the quantity, the lower the price per piece. They are also transparent with their pricing, and provide you the nett price, which includes the t-shirt as well as the printing cost. Price for 30 tees was quoted at $9.60 per piece and price for 100 t-shirts was at $6.80 per piece.

Payment details

iBanking / ATM Bank Transfer / NETS or Cash
For Bank Transfer, 50% down payment upon confirmation
For Government and approved companies, credit terms are available
Full payment is required for orders below $100
Printing Lead Time
For every order, you will be able to view mock-ups of your design so that you can be sure before you go ahead with the printing. After you order, upon your request, they are willing to print 1 piece, and send you an image of the finished product before proceeding with mass manufacturing, to ensure accuracy. Their lead time for printing is approximately 8 to 10 days.

After receiving your final product, should you find any defects or differences from the promised specifications, they will send you replacements, for free, including delivery.

They also have a 5-working day rush order option available at a 15% surcharge.

Delivery services
Delivery is also offered for any amount of orders (minimum 5 pieces) tor any location with $10 flat rate fee per address.

Clients
Some of their clients include Booking.com, Intel, National Institute of Education and Raffles Girls’ School Girls Brigade.

Average response time for enquiry: 20 minutes
Minimum Order Quantity: 5 pieces
Price for 30 tees: $9.60 per piece nett
Price for 100 tees: $6.80 per piece nett
Lead time for printing: 8 – 10 working days after confirmation

Address: 77 Ayer Rajah Crescent,

Operating Hours: Mon to Fri: 10AM – 6PM, Lunch Hour: 1:30PM to 2:30PM
Telephone: 6740 4538
Website

ButterPew

Competitive pricing for small quantities
With just $12 per piece (before GST) for 30 tees, they offer a good deal for anyone who is looking to order small quantities!

Pricing
For printing of large quantities, they charge $6.50 per piece (before GST) which is a reasonable price in the market. The price includes the apparel together with all relevant printing & customizations.

Printing Lead Time
The material used for the t-shirt can be either smooth interlock drifit (with smooth surface) or mini-eyelet drifit (with tiny holes) and are both round neck. They also use silkscreen printing which is the most popular and longer-lasting methods out there!

Payment
In terms of payment, there is a 50% down payment upon confirmation and the balance 50% is to be paid upon receipt of goods..For orders below $100, 100% full payment has to be paid upon confirmation for orders below $100.

Payment Methods:

Cash / ATM Transfer / i-Banking Transfer / Cheque (mail us or request for pickup)
Credit Card (+ 5% processing fee) / Swipe (+ 5% processing fee) / PayPal (+ 5% processing fee)
Delivery Services
They also offer delivery to any location with a fee of $25 per delivery.

Clients
Some of their clients include Nickelodeon, Google, Airbnb and SMRT.

Average response time for enquiry: 25 minutes
Minimum Order Quantity: 10 pieces
Price for 30 tees: S$8.70 per piece (before GST)
Price for 100 tees: S$6.50 per piece (before GST)
Lead time for printing: Approximately 10 Working Days upon Confirmation

Address: 59 Ubi Ave 1 # 05-14 (S) 408938
Operating Hours: Mon to Fri: 9am to 5pm (excluding public holidays)
Telephone: 9655 7557

  1. AL Print

Best for: Service
With their good customer service and willingness to help, you will feel like your needs will be taken care of. They are also happy to accommodate various requests and clear any doubts you may have.

Response
El Print tries to get back to you within a day and are willing to accommodate your needs. Although you would need to follow-up with them for more information on other services and payment, they are very helpful and efficient in providing you with the necessary details.

Pricing
Their pricing for 30 t-shirts is slightly on the higher side at $12 per piece while for 100 t-shirts it is $6.50 per piece. It is thus advisable to choose larger quantities when you order with EL Print.

Printing Lead Time
Their lead time for printing is 5 to 7 working days.

Delivery services
They offer delivery at $25 per location and is thus advisable to use this service for large quantities. They even ship internationally by DHL or air freight!

Clients
They have a variety of clients including Stateland, HP and Nanyang Technological University.

Average response time for enquiry: 1 day
Minimum Order Quantity: None
Price for 30 tees: $12 per piece (before GST)
Price for 100 tees: $6.50 per piece (before GST)
Lead time for printing: 5 to 7 working days

Address: 15 Lorong 8, Toa Payoh #07-08 Braddell Tech, S319262
Operating Hours: Mon to Fri: 9am to 6pm (Lunch hour 1 to 2pm)
Telephone: 6118 5225
Website

Direct T-shirt

Best for: Helpful Service
For great customer service and helpful information, Direct T-shirt is the place to go. Although you have to follow-up to get more information, they are very responsive and are willing to give you the services you need.

Response
They tend to reply within half an hour. They also tend not to flood you with information and therefore, if you would like to enquire about payment and other services, you would need to follow-up with them.

Printing Lead Time
Their lead time for printing is 1 week.

Clients
They have a wide range of clients including Samsung, Sephora, Red Bull and Microsoft.

The best one out there

Address: Blk 1016 Geylang East Ave 3 #04-147 Singapore 389731
Operating Hours: Collection and Walk-In time: Monday to Friday, 12pm – 5pm
Telephone: 9457 7551
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  1. SOS Apparels

Best for: Small quantities
If you are looking to print a t-shirt for yourself or for your fellow kakis and only require a small quantity, SWS Apparels is great for you! They do not have any minimum order quantity and therefore, you are free to order any number of t-shirts you wish! Do note however, that prices will change with a smaller quantity.

Response
They have a slightly longer response compared to some of the others listed in this article but they do get back to you on the same day within two hours. They are also rather helpful and are willing to answer any queries you may have.

Printing Lead Time
Their lead time for printing is 1 to 1.5 weeks upon confirmation.

Payment
Upon confirmation of online template and invoice, a deposit of 50% to DBS Current Account 003- 946988-8 via FAST Transfer/Paynow will be required before proceeding with the printing.

Delivery services
They offer delivery to all locations at a fee of $15.

Clients
They have worked with clients such as Loco Loco, Dance Fitness and YES 933.

Average response time for enquiry: 2 hours
Minimum Order Quantity: None
Price for 30 tees: $8.90 nett per piece
Price for 100 tees: $7.20 nett per piece
Lead time for printing: 1 to 1.5 weeks upon confirmation

Address: Ruby Industrial Complex
80 Genting Lane #08- 09
Singapore 349565
Operating Hours: 9am to 6pm (Avoid lunch break from 1230pm to 130pm)
Telephone: 9348 4755
Website

Disclaimer:

All Information here is based on our quick research. Information may change or not the same.

Direct to garment process ( DTG t-shirt printing )

Here is How to do DTG t-shirt printing

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Introduction :

What is DTG ?

Direct to garment printing, also known as DTG printing, digital direct to garment
printing, digital apparel printing, D2, and inkjet to garment printing, is a process
of printing on textiles and garments using specialized or modified ink jet
technology.

DTG or direct -to-garment is a relatively new technology. It is essentially an
adaption of the desktop inkjet printer, but with special inks and a completely
different material handling system

The Benefits!

Affordable
No setup costs
No minimum order – low quantities
Print on light or dark garments
Print a one colour logo to a full colour detailed design or
graphics
Direct to garment – ink is printed directly in the
garment’s fibre so it has a smooth finish
Print up to 1200dpi high resolution
Eco-friendly inks

What jobs are suited for DTG printing?

If you want to show detailed artwork or graphics ie. full
colour, shading and with gradients
Small to medium quantities
Fast turnaround printing time – print on demand
Ever changing artworks or graphics
Great value for money
Ability to print over seams, pockets, zippers and other
items commonly found on garments

How does DTG work?

DTG is less complicated that you would expect given that
it can capture complicated images so accurately on
something as soft as a shirt or sweater. The best way to
think of DTG is like at home printing from your
computer, except that the paper is replaced with a shirt.

DTG printers do not need to be set up for individual jobs
and can render millions of colours. Our DTG printers are
not only modified from standard EPSON inkjet printers,
but are simply modified to accommodate the additional
bulk of garments and use inkjet textile inks, instead of
what you buy for your printer at the store.

The cost of ink is a little bit more, which is why printing
on coloured garments (black and vivid colours) is so
costly; an underbase of white ink has to be laid below
the actual colours of your design to ensure that the
colours look like you intended.
The process used for translating the colours from the
digital image into ink to print onto the garment relies on
the CMYK colour model. CMYK stands for cyan, magenta,
yellow and K for black. This model is also referred to as
four colour processing because it uses combinations of
these four ink colours, usually applied in the order in
which they appear in the acronym, to create all the
colours in the digital design.

The inks bind directly to the fibers of the garment’s
material, which is why cotton a fibrous material is better
for DTG printing than polyester – a much smoother
material. Once all the colours have been added and the
design is complete, heat will often be used to dry the ink.
This entire process can take as little as a minute to
complete.

How DTG compares to other printing techniques.
Screen printing

Screen printing has an expensive and labour intensive
setup, while DTG has almost no setup at all. This makes
DTG more cost effective for “small” orders (less than
around ten of a garment) where this cost is not divided
between many garments. However, once setup is
complete, the per unit cost of screen printing is much
cheaper than that of DTG, which makes it more cost
effective for larger orders. Screen printing cannot
capture as much detail nor as many colours as DTG, but
the colours that are screen printed are more vibrant.
Screen printing also allows for the use of more different
types of ink, like metallic, and can be used on polyester
materials that DTG inks cannot bind to. However, DTG
can print polyester when combined with cotton ie. 30%
polyester and 70% cotton.

Heat Transfer
Heat transfers use heat and pressure to embed ink into
the surface of the garment’s material, whereas DTG
binds directly to a material’s fibers and does not feature
a heat component. DTG is a much higher quality printing
method than heat transfers.

Dye Sublimation
Both DTG and Dye Sublimation are forms of digital
printing, meaning that both translate digital images from
a computer onto a garment. The main difference is that
dye sublimation uses heat to push ink straight from the
solid form to a gas, thus skipping the liquid form that
DTG is completed in. The gas that results from the use of
heat infuses the material’s fibers and allows for printing
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