“High-Resolution” vs “Production Print Mode”: What’s the Difference?

Here at IR-Tees, our philosophy is that everything should be printed at the highest possible quality, using excellent ink saturation and the highest possible print settings.   We crank our machines all the way up to “AWESOME”, then teach our clients how to manipulate their artwork, how to select the best possible garments and how to get the best possible results in the DTG industry.  Our goals include vibrant, saturated prints, as well as improved wash fastness as a result of the added ink saturation.  However, there are times where the individual intentions of our clients is to achieve a less saturated, “vintage” looking print – in this case, we also offer the option to utilize our “Production Print Mode” on both light and dark garments!

Until now, the “Production Print Mode” was used strictly for internal purposes, and all orders were defaulted to the highest possible print quality – this option is now available for you to specify on each order, if you want to experiment with different print modes (you must specifically request this option, or we will always default to the higher print saturation)!  Since we are not a standard, retail DTG print shop, we will not make any subjective decisions during the normal ordering process – it is up to you to evaluate each option and determine which product is better suited for your goals and intent.  You may be looking for the brightest, most vibrant prints possible, or you could be looking for “cooler”, less saturated (and sometimes more realistic) looking colors – we are not in a position to determine which type of results you are trying to achieve, so please take a moment to familiarize yourself with all the various printing options that we offer and be sure they are to your liking!

NOTE: On garments which do not have a white ink under base or a light garment pretreat chemical, using a lower ink saturation will cause the prints to appear more “faded” after the initial wash cycles.  This is due to the fact that there is less ink being sprayed into the garment fibers, so each thread is not necessarily colored from every angle.  As the fibers of the shirt shift and rotate during normal wash and wear, more and more fibers may wind up showing their “unprinted” portions, causing the print to appear more faded.  While the ink is actually no less vibrant than before, you are actually seeing less of it as you look at the shirt!  One benefit to us using a more saturated print setting (our default “High-Resolution” print mode), is the apparently improved wash fastness that occurs when you are able to color each thread more thoroughly (saturating as much of the garment surface as possible) – this same effect can be preserved by applying some sort of light garment pretreat chemical.

The following example shows an extremely close-up view of a typical cotton t-shirt; those tiny braided fibers won’t stay neat and orderly forever, so it is important to dye as much of the fibers as possible!  Selecting blank garments which have a very fine weave will provide a better print surface and subsequently won’t become as agitated in the wash – like a fine bed sheet, this can make all the difference in the wold!

 

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