Digital Printing on Fabric – an EcoFriendly Choice.

Digital Printing on Fabric – an EcoFriendly Choice.

Quality 2400dpi resolution custom designs on ecofriendly fabric, the process is important factor for any brand. Our product designer Karen Lorena Parker shares our choice for digital printing on fabric.

custom printing on fabric, blends of cotton, silk, jersery, spandex using sublimation printing.
Digital printing fabric with your custom high resolution files.

TK Textiles Digital Printing on Fabric techniques use the highest quality digital process of sublimation.

We chose the Reggiani Renoir PRO 340 to customize high quality detail for our clients. 10ft roll of crisp high resolution art is the best sublimation on the market. The best print durability, guaranteed no fading after washes because it bonds with the fibre.

While we are capable of printing consistent batches for wholesalers, print designers and apparel companies, we can also provide cheap digital fabric printing to those wanting smaller runs and the high end detail for branding your apparel. Our process has a quick turnaround, less waste, less color error, less processing time which translates to savings. When choosing environmentally friendly — the entire process is worth your assessment. 

The fabric and dye process, pre / post treatment all affect our environment. We all want to do our best to take care of this planet, without compromising quality garments. In this four part series, let’s start with the ink.

Your brand will last in the consumers mind,
and won’t fade over time.

Known as Sublimation Inks or Dispersion Dyes, the ink molecules sublimate or change directly from a solid to a gas with intense heat application. Dyes skip the liquid state entirely! Who said you’d never use elementary science again. This process guarantees vibrant color longevity. Your brand will last in the consumers mind, and won’t fade over time. 

Sublimation Outshines Competitors

Shopping District banners are available in various non fade outdoor fabrics

Sublimation or Dispersive inks penetrate directly into the fibers of the substrate, bonding and becoming part of the textile itself. The high temperature process is typically around 380-400 degrees F. The carrier evaporates and the dye turns to gas. When fibres cool they “close” and keep the colorant locked inside. A home dryer can not reach the same temperature, so the fibres never lose their color with regular care. 

High heat process means no chemicals in pre and post treatments. Sublimation does not have any toxic residue or pre-treatment chemicals like other methods. Designers wanting natural fabrics like cotton or silk ­— sublimation requires a polyester blend. Ideal for stretch, spandex, active wear and blends.

Why We Didn’t Choose Reactive or Acid Ink

  • Reactive ink requires toxic Pretreated fabric sets the chemical bonds with cellulose and then fixated. Reactive inks are most suitable for linen, rayon, nylon and other cellulosic materials that have no polyester or spandex.
  • Acid inks need pretreated material for fixation and are printed directly onto the textile then evaporated to set the ink. Ionic or electrostatic bonds combine with silk, wool, and nylon.
  • The cost savings of sublimation is passed down to the customer, and the toxic chemicals are not passed down to Earth’s water table.

When considering environmentally friendly products, the toxicity of reactive and acid treatments require washing to remove residue. Reactive and acid-based inks require a post-heating process to set the dyes permanently in the fabric which affects turnaround time. 

Pigment inks are finely ground powder that exists in liquid carriers with binders. Not recommended as the ink sits on the surface and will wash out. Sublimation with TK Textile Dispersive inks creates constancy when the dye is encapsulated into a polymer, pigments are bonded to natural fabrics using binders and a heat calendar process. 

We also use UV inks for certain situations! So, If you’re looking for digital printing on fabric, Send us your information and we can find the best product.

Design your own fabric for your apparel brand, or custom wholesale.
Rolls 10ft wide available.

Digitally printed fabrics with Reggiani Renoir PRO give artists and consumers the detail they expect. Next post on what custom fabrics are popular and best suited for printing.

Karen Lorena Parker is an international artist, content producer and product designer with years of printing experience. Discuss your design ideas, find her on linkedin

For sales and more product information contact

Mimi Ko Leung
Phone: 604.575.1812  |  Fax: 604.575.1824

TK Graphics 
Large format digital printer in BC Canada, providing service the greater lower mainland and internationally.
Online e-commerce shopping with custom options or Ready-made products including decals, banners, coroplast signage. 

TK Textiles
Digital printing on fabric, carpets and banners for city districts, realtors, developlers, or designers wanting quick turnaround on wholesale fabric.

About The Author

Karen Lorena Parker

Content producer, artist and designer.