Thursday, December 31, 2009

Basic Fabric Printing

Choose your image and make adjustments.
Set up page- file>page set up.
Choose your printer- you will need to do this again in printer window.
Choose page size of your finished print.
Go to file>print and printer dialogue window pops up.
Be sure to check fit to scale box.
Print and you're ready to print again.

I have been printing on fabric for a number of years now. I first just used my small document printer- a Epson 60 model. I used to use bubble jet and found it was way too much work and not that effective. I now use prepared fabrics- just Google inkjet fabrics and you will find lots with different price points. I print fabric with a Epson 2400. It works very well and the Ultrabright inks on prepared fabric is just about water proof. I tested by soaking printed fabric in a glass of water. It was fine. The printer never gives me trouble except with slippery surfaces like glossy canvas. I need to help that along by lightly pushing it into the printer as it starts to feed, taping the edges or trimming the right corner feeding edge. Just cut your fabric to size and print!
Lately I have started to experiment with Ink Aid and soon Golden's Digital Grounds. The advantages to these are the ability to print on just about anything that will fit in your printer. The thickness should be listed in your printer spec's, found on the website or manual. Mine prints to the width of a flat penny. You can make a gizz-mo that is as thick and test your substrates for fit.
Everything you do will be your teacher, just try.

Silk Organza- I simply use the regular paper setting on my Epson 2400. However, I do slightly increase the Saturation or Intensify hue in Photoshop.
This slightly increases the color, which looks a little too much while in Photoshop, but when printed on the silk organza comes out just fine. Since this action is not directed at the printer, there is no ink pooling. There is some bleed though, but that is to be expected when working with sheer materials of all kinds.
I often use the paper substrates in collage. Quilting Arts offers a DVD with that goes over my Holographic Memories technique.


ANNA said...

I agree with most of your blog post here - its excellent. The only thing I would suggest is that you don't need to buy commercial printer papers - iron cotton or silk (or whatever) onto freezer paper cut to A4 it works really well and can be used over and over again thereby saving you a fortune. There is no need to prepare cotton!!

Wen said...

True, I have used the freezer paper method, however I now prefer to use treated fabrics for several reasons. I sell my work commercially and I have to be sure it is fast- water, UVA etc. Also, the ease of the
pre mounted fabric eases my work load and saves me much time.

Marni Goldshlag said...

Wen - Do you buy commercially prepared silk organza? If so, can you share your source? Thanks

Wen said...

I use
although when you google, different places have different sizes and price points- even for same fabrics. At inkjet, I can buy a roll and cut to size.

Heidi Rand said...

Hi Wen (it's Heidi from the yahoo group). Great blog post! I agree with you about using pretreated fabric. Have also found that the quality (sharpness and true color) is much better with pretreated fabrics than with plain.

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