Direct to Garment (DTG) is a new digital printing technology that excels in reproducing photographs, gradients, and glow effects. DTG printing works best on white, 100% cotton t-shirts, but we can also use this method on darker garments. Unfortunately DTG does not work with any kind of high polyester fabrics or any other material that is heat sensitive. Lastly if you need any inspiration for garment styles, printing options, or possible design ideas, give our Instagram a look where we have a bunch of previous client’s print projects highlighted.
ADVANTAGES OF DTG Printing
The advantage of DTG printing when compared to screen printing is the faster turnaround time and lower set-up costs. DTG printing is a cost effective solution when printing low volume orders that contain a large number of different ink colours.
disADVANTAGES OF DTG Printing
The disadvantages of DTG printing are that it’s not possible to precisely match Pantone PMS colours as would be done with screen printing. This is especially so on darker garments where the ink needs a white undercoat. The colours will be very close, but may show some variance between what you have in your digital file. Additionally, although DTG may be good for reproducing highly detailed prints, at higher volumes it can quickly become much more expensive when compared with bulk screen printing pricing.
EXAMPLES OF direct-to-garment PRINTING
Technical guidelines for DTG PRINTING
When sending in your art file for DTG printing please make sure that it has been saved in RGB colour formatting as as vector image or a pixel-based image at least 300dpi. Additionally if there are any transparent areas within your image please make sure that the file is saved as a transparent PNG.
With DTG printing your design can be up to 14 inches wide by 20 inches long, however the maximum print size of whatever garment you are printing on also needs to be taken into account. Also, the larger the print the more expensive your order will be as DTG is partially priced based on total ink usage.
Opacity and Gradients
Printing on darker garments will be more expensive with DTG printing due to the additional white under layer that is required. Additionally, please be aware that if there are any glowing, smokey, or otherwise transparent areas within your design that these may come out slightly different than expected due to this white underlay.
Pricing guidelines for DTG PRINTING
For DTG printing projects the customization cost will be based on a combination of the overall size and colours of your design. Bright images on darker fabric will always be a bit pricier than anything printed on a white garment. As a result of this we would need to see your design and desired garment style to generate accurate pricing information.
Popular Products for DTG PRINTING
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- $4.10 – $8.98
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If you are unsure about anything related to your print project, here are some helpful links. These explain a little bit more about our printing processes and apparel pricing. Additionally, when you find an item that you like you can generate a quote on the product page and we’ll get back to you. Alternatively you can contact us by phone or email and we will happy to answer any questions you may have.