Direct printing is one of the most lucrative businesses in the world. By definition, it is simply printing the media from the plates directly to the paper. It is a very old form of printing that man has subscribed to; one of its applications is the printing press where they print newspapers directly unto paper.

Even in today’s modern world, direct printing is still king among other types of printing available. It has found several other applications, not just in printing newspapers. Here are some of those solutions:

Direct-to-garment T-shirt Printing. This is the latest technique in printing t-shirt designs. This is a very convenient option for printing t-shirt designs on your own, since having them printed by a printer company would require a minimum of a number of shirts. If you are planning on printing only a few shirts or so, you can save up a lot of money if you use direct-to-garment T-shirt printing.

Here’s how it goes. You first buy a special type of paper that is designed for T-shirt printing. Afterward, you print the design unto that paper. The next step is then to heat-bond (iron) the design unto the shirt. Once you’ve done that, let the bond cool down, and the shirt’s all set for you.

Due to its convenience and friendliness to one-offs and midsized print runs, it is generally preferred by those who simply want to put their own designs on their shirts. They do not enjoy that type of advantage with the screen printing method, which is designed more for wholesale printing than individual printing.

Direct Photo Printing. With the advent of digital cameras these days, a new kind of business has bloomed. This is the direct photo printing, which is touted as a way of printing pictures directly from the camera unto the printer. There is no need to connect and download the pictures to your computer, and then print them using your printer anymore. There are now specialized printers that are designed specifically to do that. All you need to do is plug the camera to the printer via USB or to insert the camera’s memory medium into the slot, and you’re all set to print. It’s fast, convenient, and cheap.

Digital cameras are not the only devices that can avail of this. Mobile phones with built-in cameras can also make use of direct photo printing. The process is different, however. If they do not have memory cards, some printers have ports for infrared or Bluetooth transfers through which they transmit the pictures to be printed. The process takes just a few seconds.

Not all people can afford these printers, however. Businesses and photo shops instead engage in this business so that the common person can avail of this service. One advantage to this is that it is fast and very convenient. If the lines are not so busy, you can get your pictures printed and ready after just a few minutes or so.