REACTIVE DYE Printing Technology for Natural Fabrics
Our new high speed reactive printers have allowed us to dramatically slash prices on Reactive Dye volume printing.
As little as R95 per m/sq on client supplied fabrics!
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Frequently Asked Questions
How many colours can be printed?
With digital textile printing there is no limit to the amount of colours you can use at no extra cost. The inks allow for a palette of over 17 million colours! (Black and White printing costs the same as full colour)
What is the minimum I can print?
The minimum we can supply is one meter. Please note there is a setup charge of R250 on orders less than 5m
What natural fabrics can I print on?
ArtLab was the first company in AFRICA to bring you reactive dye, pigment printing and sublimation printing under one roof – which means we can print almost ALL fabric types quickly and efficiently. These include cotton poplin, twill, bull denim, viscose/Rayon, linen, silks and hemp. We are now also printing with dye-sublimation inks so we can now print onto Polyesters, Lycra, Nylon, flag material as well.
What printing process does ArtLab use?
Our natural fabrics are printed using a pigment ink process. We have replaced our reactive dying process with pigments for a number of reasons. No steaming or washing is required which is faster, more cost effective and FAR more environmentally friendly. The fabrics are also a lot less “hammered” without going through the steaming and washing process. Very important for linens etc.
Our pigment inks are the very latest technology and are providing colour bloom, fastness and soft hand that now rivals that of reactive dye printing.
Can I print on my own fabric?
You can bring in your own fabric for printing. Our fabrics are prepared with a special binding coating to enhance colour and washability. Your own fabrics can also be coated for optimum quality but a minimum of 25m is required as it has to go through a large coating stenter. Please note we do not take responsibility for results on clients own supplied fabric as there are too many variables involved that can affect the print result. For e.g. the fabric may not be properly prepared for print – de-sized, scoured etc. We always recommend our own pre-teste fabrics for best results.
What is turnaround time?
Digital printing is a whole lot quicker than traditional processes. Generally we like to offer a 7 working day turnaround but this depends on current workloads. If you have pressing deadlines we may under certain conditions be able to expedite your order to a shorter turn-around. This is at our discretion and a 50% surcharge will apply
Can the printed fabrics be washed?
Yes – Our Sublimation Printing is particularly wash-fast like any other commercial fabric. Our Pigment Printing process – which is great for colour matching and printing on the widest range of fabrics – requires a more gentle wash and drying treatment for optimal colour retention. Please require at the time of printing on the best care instructions for your fabric and ink type.
Is black and white or one colour cheaper than full colour?
No – one of the benefits of digital printing is that you can have up to 17 million colours at no extra charge. It costs no more or less to do one colour or thousands.
What is the best way to submit artwork?
We can work with most file formats but ideally your art should be supplied as a RGB Tiff or Jpeg at a minimum 150 dpi at the print size. We don’t need more than 150 DPI in order to give you a great result by the way!
We can accept large files via the web. You can email file sup to 20MB via email. Please use Wetransfer for files over 20MB. (www.wetransfer.com/)
What about repeats?
If your design is a seamless repeatable panel you do not have to do the repeat yourself. We can do endless repeats at the print stage. Simply ensure that your repeatable graphic is to the correct size – we will do the rest!
N.B. It is the responsibility of the client to ensure all artwork supplied to be repeated is 100% accurately set-up to repeat seamlessly. Artlab will not be liable for repeats that do not tile accurately from art supplied by the customer.
How accurate is the colour reproduction?
At ArtLab all our printing processes are calibrated to the highest industry standards. However – textile printing is DIFFICULT (otherwise everyone would be doing it!) and there are a number of variables involved right down to air temperature and humidity that can affect colour from one batch to another. Various batches of fabric have different cellulose content and other chemicals and factors involved that means there are often batch to batch variations. While our colour matching is generally world class, it must be accepted that there could be variances from screen and from batch to batch.
We do not warrantor agree to undertake any absolute colour matching. Especially to client screen images (which are meaningless unless the screen has been properly calibrated to a set standard).
We are happy to supply a Pantone chart at a nominal charge on the fabric of your choice for best possible colour matching purposes.
Where are you based and what areas do you service?
ArtLab is based in Cape Town. We do however ship nationwide (and internationally). We need to know quantities, packing requirements and your location before we can price shipping.