In this blog, we’ll be covering everything you need to know to understand DTG printing and what it’s used for!
What DTG is
So DTG printing, or Direct To Garment printing, is very similar to the type of printer you might find in someone’s home office, except of course that it prints onto fabric instead of paper. This means that unlike screenprinting there’s no setup costs or colour counts.
What it’s for
While DTG has a lot of advantages over more traditional printing methods such as screen printing, that doesn’t mean that it’s always going to be the best choice. However, there are a couple of scenarios where it’s definitely the best choice.
These would be small runs (less than 25 units), full-colour prints where screenprinting would be too expensive due to colour counts, or printing accurate photos.
The best garments for DTG
You can use DTG printing on practically any kind of garment, but the deciding factor is what fabric the garment is made from. The best-case scenario for the best-looking print is 100% cotton. We can print on cotton blends as well, but we advise to not print on anything that’s less than 50% cotton.
When it comes to print placement we can also do unique things like printing over-the-zip or pocket on a hoodie, or printing around the collar of a t-shirt. So get creative with your print placement and incorporate the garment into the design.
As mentioned before, DTG doesn’t have setup costs or colour counts involved in pricing so it’s quite different from what you might be used to. With DTG the two main factors for determining cost is whether it’s white fabric or coloured fabric, and the size of the print.
The reason for the difference in price with different colours of fabric is because darker colours require pretreatment and a white underbase print, so basically you’re doing double the printing versus printing on white.
Things to know
One key difference between DTG and screen printing is that DTG can’t make use of pantones for accurate colour representation. This isn’t an issue on 99% of prints as colours generally come out looking amazing, but if you’re very particular about a certain colour in a design we can do test prints and fine-tune it. Just know that this will add to your lead times.
You might also be curious about how the print holds up to being washed, and the answer is great! We have shirts that we’ve been wearing for years and have washed 50+ times and the print still looks amazing, so if you take care to wash your garments properly your print will last a very long time.
Another key factor is how to prepare your artwork for printing, and while we can print nearly any file format, we’ve put together this blog to help you export your design properly for fast and accurate printing.
So there you have it! Practically everything you need to know to get started in the wonderful world of DTG printing.
If you have any questions please feel free to leave us a comment below.