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Types of Printing Techniques

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Types of Printing Techniques


Wow, when I started researching about the different types of printing techniques, I was completely blow away. The history of printing and the types they did was amazing to me. I found an article that gives the entire history of printing. You can read it here if you like:  Discover Graphics Atelier.

When we talk about printing like I use on my website to make our unique items, there are really only a few that we use. They are:

  • Digital Printing
  • Transfer
  • Screen Printing
  • Sublimation


Digital Printing

Digital printing usually involved a .jpg, .png or other type of photo and then is printed onto clothing using an ink jet printer. Digital printing creates unique uniform toned images. It is a highly popular form of printing since everyone has access to a computer and a printer. You can print just about anything you want!


Transfer printing is the process of transferring an image from one form of surface to another. You can do this in several ways such as rubbing, tracing, pressing or any other form of transfer to the new surface. You can also use Digital Printing to create a transfer and then iron press it onto fabric or other items.

Screen Printing

Screen printing can be a lot of fun. I remember going to a field trip to watch them work on screen printing t-shirts. We all got to make our own t-shirt! Screen Printing uses stencils to create the designs on the fabric. Designs are broken into different stencils and layered as they are made. The Stencil is placed on the screen and a squeegee is used to push the paint across the stencil to fill the areas with the color where it is needed.


Sublimation printing usually also involves using Digital  Printing, however, the paper is coated with a special transfer material. In order for the ink to transfer to the product it must move from a solid state to a gas state. This is done by using an oven that bakes the product at about 400 degrees. When the product moves into the gas state, the ink from the paper will permeate into the item and then be permanently there. A good example of a sublimation printing would be my mug selection.

There are lots of other forms of printing, but these are the ones that are most commonly used to print the items that I sell in my store. My daughter specializes in using vinyl and a heat press to make custom t-shirts and other items. You should stop by her shop and have a look around!

She specializes in making items for groups such as sports teams etc.

I hope that I have given you a good understanding of the type of printing that is used to make the items that I sell. There are so many other options of printing that we would like to look into and perhaps add to our collection. One thing in particular that caught my attention was wine glasses and shot glasses. Customized for your special occasion! Let me know what you think in the comments below!

10 thoughts on “Types of Printing Techniques

  1. Wow what a great article. Very nicely written and very useful, I didn’t even knew that much detail about printing…. I would like to appreciate you for your good work👍👍

    1. Thank you Sarah for your comment. I was just as surprised at all the different information on printing.

  2. very nice article I found the information quite eye opening

    1. Thank you very much for your comment 🙂

  3. I think I like the screen sprinting technique the most. My brother-in-law has his own machine and creates t-shirts, stickers for cars (well for anything for that matter), and even vinyls.

    It’s great because we only pay a fraction of the price compared to what professionals and legit businesses charge. It’s awesome.

    Thanks for the article.

    1. I know what you mean Brandon. My daughter does the Vinyl. She has a heat press now but she used to just iron them on. It is amazing to me all the different techniques that are out there.

  4. Nice Article. Never knew such techniques existed. This is very useful Information.

    1. Thanks Gokul, these are just the ones that I found pertinent to my printing custom items. There are so many more. I am sure I missed some. Glad you enjoyed it though!

  5. Interesting techniques. Would like to see the screen printing ones. Never heard about it!


    1. I will write up an article on screen printing. It is an interesting process.

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