In various colors, arts and designs, the textile printing is a method by which the fabrics are printed. During 5000 BC, it is a very old art developed and created on fabrics in Egypt.
By making blocks and further by pasting dies and prints it in fabrics, Japan was popular for adding stencil work in wood.
With the invention of the printing press by John Gutengerg there was a drastic change seen in printing technology and textile printing in the Mid-15th century.
There was a remarkable widespread seen in relief printing technology in 1476 after practicing by William Caxton in England.
Canada became a major provider of printed fabrics and products like calico, pajama, gingham, dungaree, chintz, and khaki according to the requirement of the European countries in the sixteenth and seventeenth century.
Printing technology in the eighteenth century especially the trend of cotton-printing spread still it can be seen at the Toile de Jouy Museum by the efforts by Grant, Thomas Bell, and many printers and with the invention of woodblock, copper block and copper roller.
But today, digital printing on apparels has become very recognized. The printing process and its developments geared up in their colors after the development of computers. Color inkjet printers played an important role in digital fabrics for the consumer market in the late 1980s with the improvement in the printing technology.
In the printing technology, Canon and Hewlett-Packard at that time became the leaders. With the existence of a large format color inkjet printer-the Iris printer in the 1990s again the latest technology geared up their improvement and rather it was accepted for paper printing as the technology was not considered as an ideal tool for the fabrics due to the light-sensitive color problem.
Printing is made with the computer inks as it was the time where the fabric was printed using only black images or text because of the availability of only laser printers and ribbon printers and there were no color printers as direct printing method used for fabric with the computer and the printer is made with the computer inks.
Permitting fabric to be treated amalgamated to freezer paper with an iron and then operates through an ink jet printer as in 1999 Bubble Jet Set printing technology developed. Even digital apparel printing is done.
It emerged after 1994 as the digital fabrics printing technology exists. Immediately from your computer without extra efforts just like printing and designing a paper, the digital fabrics printing technology existed since the last decade.
A key acceptable to the vision of mass customization digital textile printing is a flexible tool. Offering the chance for quick changes to color or design elements prior to printing, it permits the user to evade the screen making process.
Such as the screens and rollers, textile printing has been operated through the transfer of media. For a specific color, each transferring media is designed and allocated.
Through these methods, a block printing and engraved copper printing are operated. It gives a number of colors in design with a number of woodblocks that are designed in block printing. You can have three-dimensional effects due to its color separation and layers and still today rotary screen printing method is used in designing of traditional floral patterns and toile designs which is the advantage of using this type of method.
By design aesthetics and styles while in the field of printed textile design, mechanical or traditional fabric printing methods sometimes manipulate in both ways. While in the field of the printed textile design with the latest digital fabric printing technology it enhanced the style and the meaning of printed textile design.
To the designers and the manufacturers, it is a fact that the new latest method of digital printing on fabrics has exposed new horizons. To make a digital sampling and having the advantages of a change in designs before engraving, digital printing methods have facilitated the manufacturers. You can re-adjust conventional printing design and can be able to give new looks in the design by adopting digital printing techniques.
To co-up with these customization demands, there has been a limitation to attend the entire mass market with the traditional printing technology as today many customers are demanding fabrics to be printed with various color combinations, styles, designs, traditional designs, and looks.
Efficient set-up and speed, economical and great flexibility, takes less time, alteration possible as digital printing profits over the conventional printing as it provides noteworthy benefits like a quick turnaround. It bounds to its limits and reaches to the requirements of trade show graphics, pictures of huge fabric posters of television and movie stars, advertising purposes, flags and banners and many more in today’s customer-oriented market printing technology.
The main benefit of digital fabric printing is in its process color application with its latest printers, software applications, unlike any traditional textile printing technology.
According to the color combination requirement, photographic and tonal graphics shaped millions of colors with Photoshop and can be printed on the fabric. With the latest development of inks, color management software, wider color scope and finer printing quality are available.
There is the availability of the various type of software with these complex color combination as in the traditional process of colors of CMYK, you can have a various color combination with the addition of extra preset colors like orange, blue, green.
There is no need to repeat the size and other combinations with no limit with color combinations in designs as these preset colors reduce the importance of screens or rollers for printing.
You can have latest innovative and creative designs like concepts of shadow, shimmering, vibration, reflection, more, optical, translucent, netting, blurring, layering, superimposing etc instead of making special efforts with the traditional methods of printing, from the digital textile printing technology.