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Frequently Asked Questions

What is digital fabric printing?

Digital fabric printing is the process of creating custom designed fabric through the use of uploading a digital file to a computer and printing it with a laser fabric printer onto specially pretreated fabric. All prints have to be steamed, washed, dried and pressed.

What textile printing inks do you use?

We use reactive fabric dyes to print with. Reactive dyes react directly with the surface of the substrate allowing for good color fastness. Reactive dyes are most commonly used in dyeing of cellulose like cotton or flax. All dyed fabric is steamed and washed as part of our process.

How much fabric can I order?

We have a minimum order of 4 inches. Longer orders must be batched in 3 yard quantities to provide for optimal steaming. We can print as many batches as you would like.

What is a batch?

Every specific fabric we print is a batch. The size of each batch can only be 3 continuous yards in length. For example, I need 12 yards of on specific repeat pattern; it will need to be printed in four 3 continuous yard batches.

Will my digitally printed fabric always look the same?

Digital fabric printing is NOT a perfect science! All prints have to be steamed, washed, dried and pressed. This process can cause slight variations in separate batches of fabric. Nuances sometimes occur during color matching, sample approval and yardage run. We aim to be very consistent by controlling as many variables as we can.  But just like rotary printing there are slight lot to lot variations.  This is the nature of digital textile printing.

Is the printed fabric washable?

Yes. We recommend washing by itself and using cold water on a gentle cycle with a mild detergent. Some fading will occur with repeated washings. Garments made with printed fabric should be labeled as dry clean only.

Can I use my own fabric to print?

We recommend you use our in-stock fabrics as these have been tested to give you the best possible quality of printing. We are working on developing a “custom treatment program.” Please contact us for more information.

How much information do I need to provide in each order I place?

Please feel free to send an email with more details of your specific project. We would be glad to share our expertise in getting a desired result.

How should I format my digital file?

We accept Tiff, PSD, JPEG, AI and PDF files. We prefer the RGB color setting.The dots per inch or DPI should be set  at 300 dpi for optimal quality.

What information or items do I need to provide for you to execute my printing job?

Start by creating a free account with us, then select yur fabric, upload your pattern, and complete your order by providing us your shipping and payment information. 

Where does my gallery image appear after I upload it?

You will be given two options upon uploading your image to the site. By marking your upload private, your image will only appear in your private gallery for your consumption. By marking your upload public, you will be able to share your image with the rest of the TechStyleLAB community. For information on copyright, please see our Terms of Service.

What is your turn around time?

This depends on what kind and the amount of digital printing we will be doing. We print on a first come, first serve basis. On average, depending upon our printing schedule, the printing of a job is usually takes around between 7-10 business days from the time we have receive a good workable file. This DOES NOT include shipping time.

We typically ship in less than 10 days, but a custom shipping estimate for your order will be shown in your shopping cart.

Why should I order a test swatch?

1. Colors can look very different on fabric than they do on your computer monitor. Light goes through and bounces off of color on fabric. Colored light comes out of a screen. Fabric has gossamer qualities, its 3-D; it folds and drapes; screens don't. The two are fundamentally different!

2. Our digital printer often prints saturated colors and true blacks lighter or darker than you might expect. You may need to test different saturation levels or modify your design.

3. Your chosen colors might "shift" to colors you weren't expecting if they are out-of-gamut for our printers.

4. Because our fabrics have different white points, colors will shift brighter or darker based on your fabric choice.

5. Test swatches are cheap and fast.

6. There's simply no substitute for determining how a design will print than having the design printed!

Can the TechStyleLAB put my image into repeat for me?

Yes we can! We can put properly formatted images into basic repeat styles.

What types of repeats can the TechStyleLAB put my image into?

Center:Your design will be centered on the fabric. We will not alter the size or dimensions of the design. If the size of the design does not match the size of fabric order, the space around the edge of the design will be left unprinted.

Repeat:We will tile your design from the lower left corner of the fabric up and to the right to fill the available space of your order. If you upload an image larger than the fabric area then we will crop it back towards the lower left corner (e.g. the top and/or right sides will be cropped). The design will not be stretched or changed in its dimensions. The fabric preview will clearly illustrate the repeat. If you are ordering a swatch sized piece of fabric for a large design, you might consider reducing the size of the design to fit into the swatch.

Half-Drop Repeat:This is like the basic repeat, except the design is repeated with a half-step vertically as you move to the right. Again, the fabric preview will illustrate this.

Half-Brick Repeat:This is also a staggered repeat, but the design shifts half-step horizontally to the right as you move upwards.

Mirror Repeat:This layout tool creates designs without obvious seams by mirroring your original design so that it folds out into four sections with every edge pixel identical to its immediate neighbor. Try it out on photographs and scanned designs that have irregular edges that will not repeat smoothly and may otherwise give you obvious tiling effect.

If I create a piece of artwork that I want printed on fabric, how do I create a digital file?

If your design is not digital, scanning your artwork at 300 dpi and saving it as a JPEG is a good way to start. If you intend to enlarge your scanned artwork, scanning initially at a higher resolution(eg. 400dpi or 600dpi) will help maintain a resolution above 300dpi.

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