How many times has someone come into your shop asking for a specific image to be printed on a shirt, and then pull out their phone or laptop to show you a photo?
Now, what if we told you that you could print photos taken on their iPhone directly onto a t-shirt?
Sure, in order to screen print photos and other highly detailed artwork you can use four color process printing or CMYK screen printing. However, both techniques require at least four separate screens (and a manual press that can hold all four in registration), an art or RIP program like Adobe or Separation Studio and all the other common materials needed for manual screen printing.
But, anyone doing garment printing has likely received a request to print photos and other highly detailed prints in a small run, and in these situations, it might not make sense to screen print because of the production and labor cost necessary to set up the job. This leaves you stuck with having to refer the job to someone else, or even turn the customer away.
Enter the DTG (Direct To Garment) Printer: I’m here to tell you that you don’t have to keep saying no. The Epson F2000 direct to garment printer allows a modern shop to say yes.
With the Epson F2000, you can actually take the photo your customers showed you right from their iPhone and print it onto a t-shirt in a matter of a few steps. Most smartphones today are equipped with an 8-12 megapixel camera, which makes for a pretty decent sized image and translates nicely onto your garment. Not only that, but with the speed that you’re able to turn their photo into a printed garment, you’ll impress the socks off of them and most likely get a return customer.
Here’s how to use your DTG Epson F2000 to print photos directly from an iPhone:
1. Apply liquid PreTreat to the garment using a hand-roller or automated pretreat machine.
2. Heat-set and cure the PreTreat onto your garment using your heat press.
3. Pull up your customer’s iPhone photo in Epson’s Free Garment Creator Software, and choose my layout, pick your color settings, then hit print!
4. Heat-set the printed ink onto the garment using your heat press, and then you are done! It takes about 6 minutes from start to finish.
Tip: Pre-treating your garment can be done in advance and the garments can be stored in a tote or sealable bag until they are ready for printing.
Here are few more ideas for how to use the Epson F2000 DTG Printer to print photos and offer a customized garment to your customers: special events, festivals, music concerts, Comic-cons, and even corporate events.
Do you have a DTG printer? How have you used it in your shop?
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