WHAT IS DIRECT TO GARMENT (DTG) PRINTING?
Direct to Garment (DTG) is a method where a printer directly applies the ink onto the t-shirt with inkjet technology. It involves a special printer, which prints the ink directly onto the garment in the desired design. DTG uses specialty inks, which are absorbed by the fibers of the garment.
Since the DTG printer is as precise as…well…a printer, you’re able to print images in much higher detail than screen printing, and you’re not limited in color. Because the printer can print any image, customization is simple. This is also a good option for those who don’t have a lot of money to make an up-front investment for a large batch because each t-shirt can be ordered separately.
Unlike Cad Cut Vinyl and Screen Printing where images have to be divided by layers, DTG works with the artwork as a whole. This is good news for people who prefer to work with Photoshop instead of Illustrator. DTG printers accept both pixels and vectors. Ideally, an artwork for DTG should be saved as a type of file that preserves the quality of the image such as TIFF or PDF.
There are two ways to approach pretreatment in DTG: One, there’s a machine that does it automatically. Or two, one can always go manually. Either way what’s necessary is:
- Pretreatment liquid
- Pretreatment spray (or machine)
- Heat press (or some other device to dry the garment)
POSITION OF PRINTING
Normal Printing Position
DTG TECHNIQUE PROCESS
Here are the steps and processes that need to be followed for DTG. As you may notice, it is pretty straightforward. One of the reasons why people prefer this printing method over others is that it has fewer steps than the rest.
ADVANTAGES OF DIRECT TO GARMENT (DTG) PRINTING
Some more traditional methods of garment printing, such as screen printing, take a long time to set up and require the creation of purpose-built meshes and experienced operators. Direct to Garment (DTG) printing meanwhile requires only the specialist DTG inkjet printer, the ink and the garment in question. The direct nature of the process makes it much quicker, so if you need your garments in a hurry we can get them to you without a problem.
SHORT PRINT RUNS ARE POSSIBLE
Because there isn’t the initial set up cost or preparation time taken to get started, we’re able to offer much shorter runs of less than 50 at highly cost-effective prices. This means that you’re able to test out a batch of garments, produce samples, or get things like t-shirts printed for a one-off team event.
ACCURATE, HIGH-QUALITY RESULTS
Because the artwork or design is printed onto the t-shirt or other garment directly from a digital image, it is possible to accurately recreate the initial design. Necessary adjustments can be carried out quickly and easily via an image processing program.
DESIGNS WITH COMPLEX COLOR SCHEMES CAN BE PRINTED
Whereas other garment print methods place limitations on the range of colours that can be used in a design, or make it prohibitively expensive to use many colours, DTG printing makes it possible for you to use a full palette, making it perfect for printing things like photographs onto fabric.
MOST COLOR GARMENTS CAN BE PRINTED ONTO
DTG printing provides the potential to print onto virtually any colour of garment, so you can create the design that you really want, rather than the one that circumstances force upon you. For the highest quality results though, we recommend that you us a relatively dark print over a light coloured garment.
Direct to garment printing is particularly well suited to short print runs and complex designs, but may not be so well suited to much larger print runs.
We can advise you on what type of garment printing is best for your specific design, so get in touch for a friendly chat and we’ll be happy to help.