Direct To Garment (DTG) Printing is a method of directly printing designs and images onto garments using specialized inkjet printers. This process allows for detailed and colorful designs to be applied quickly onto various textiles.
Do you need a customized, full colour printing job that’s completed in almost no time? Then, Direct To Garment (DTG) Printing is perfect for your order. It’s one of the most advanced printing technique that is available in the industry.
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The Process of Direct To Garment Printing
How it Works?
DTG printing is the process of printing images directly onto fabrics and garments, such as t-shirts. It employs the use of textile inkjet technology to print your desired image onto the garment. It’s useful to imagine it as a giant inkjet printer, but instead of papers and documents, it prints designs on fabric.
100% ring spun cotton garments print best with Direct To Garment Printing
The best material for DTG printing is Cotton. For the best results go for 100% Combed Cotton, but if you prefer mix of comfort don't go below 80% cotton. The cotton gives a good surface for the print to adhere to and will ensure the print quality on your garment will be impressive and durable.
It prepares the garment to receive ink in a way that results in a sharp and durable print
This step involves applying a specialized pre-treatment solution to the fabric. It helps improve the adherence of the ink to the fabric, enhances color vibrancy, and prevents the ink from spreading too much on the fabric's surface. The pre-treatment process prepares the garment to receive the ink in a way that results in a sharp and durable print.
DTG printing is the process of printing images directly onto fabrics and garments
It employs the use of industrial inkjet technology to print your desired image onto the garment. It’s useful to imagine it as a giant inkjet printer, but instead of papers and documents, Pre-treatment is required for darker colour garments so white underbase can be printed to give bright colours.
Heat or UV process ensures to permanently affix the printed ink to the garment
After printing, your garment goes through either a industrial heat press or tunnel dryer or UV curing process to dry and permanently affix the printed ink to your shirt.
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Advantages of Direct To Garment Printing
Photo Quality Printing
We can print any design that you desire with no limits on colour! You can have one or one thousand colours in your image for one solid price!
Vibrant Full Color Prints
We use the two pass printing method for both white and colored garmenrts for making vibrant prints that last.
Prints Don't Crack or Peel
Specially formulated Innobella inks provide a bolder, flexiable, wider range of colors resulting in prints that don't crack or peel.
Prints are Stretchable
Since the prints are printed directly onto the fabric, they can stretch any way that the fabric stretches.
No Minimum Orders
This is perfect for small orders and orders fewer than 50, but whether it's one or one hundred; DTG printing can handle them both.
Potential Limitations of Direct To Garment Printing
What are the Possible Drawbacks?
Not ideal for printing on textured or coarse fabrics.
Does not have the ability to align exactly with the Pantone Matching System.
Appearance of colors on final prints will be affected by the color of the fabric.
Costs more for large-scale or bulk orders than screen printing.
Prints more slowly than screen printing, so large orders also take longer.
DTG prints are less durable than screen printing in terms of everyday or heavy wear.
Certain Hues can look different on a Computer Screen and on Print
Some Colors can look Different in Real Life
There aren't many things our incredible DTG process cannot achieve! However, when choosing the colors for your artwork, it’s important to note that they may look different on a real product than what you see on your computer monitor. Even if you have calibrated your monitor to a specific color profile, there are various factors that influence the final appearance of colors on a printed product. Because of this, we can’t guarantee color accuracy 100%.
Our printers will convert your submitted print file from RGB to CMYK color space. This color conversion process changes the color gamut, or range of colors that can be expressed. You must be very cautious when using bright neon and pastel RGB values in your print files. Some examples include hot pinks, lime greens, construction orange, highlighter yellow, Easter egg shades, etc. You should also consider other factors like fabric material, garment color, and whether your print will require a white under base layer when choosing colors.
If color accuracy is important to you, we suggest ordering our pre-made color swatches on a sample product. You can use those swatches to decide which RGB values best compare to the desired results when printed on a physical product.
Some amazing prints produced using Direct To Garment Printing
Printing T-Shirts and Clothing can be complicated. We make the whole process easy!
Which Printing Method is Best for you?
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Deciding on clothing and printing technique can be complicated. If you want to know more about printing methods, or to seek a quote from us, then please contact us via Quick Quote Form or by Email, and we will try to respond to your request within the shortest time frame possible – usually within 24 to 48 hours of receiving your request.