Direct to garment printing (or DTG Printing) is a process of printing on clothing using modified inkjet technology (just like your printer at home but fancier) DTG printing applies specialized textile inks directly into the fibres of the clothing that is being printed. Over the last ten years, the resolution (precision) of direct to garment printers has increased dramatically. This means that DTG prints can look as good or better than traditional apparel printing processes, such as screen printing. You can’t feel the design on the garment, like in screen printing, since the design is printed into the fabric of the apparel. However, with printing on dark garments an underlay of white needs to go down first and will make the printing feel a little heavier. At the same time, the cost to set up direct to garment printers has decreased – which means DTG printing has become more accessible and affordable than many traditional printing methods. Technologically, direct to garment printing offers great advantages over traditional printing, such as live computer previews of prints, and running multiple printers from one computer. The amount of time & labour involved with DTG printing is significantly lower than traditional methods. It’s easy to print full colour, intricately detailed prints either in volume or one at a time. This makes low volume orders easy to fulfill and frees up time to print more orders and keeps DTG pricing quite competitive.
Materials We Often DTG
* Golf Shirts
* Athletic Shirts
* Golf Towels
Direct To Garment Limitations
1. We can only print on 100% cotton fabrics and 100% polyester fabrics.
2. Limited placement of designs. The maximum print area is 16” x 20”.
3. Not cost effective for large orders. The DTG printer is only able to print 1 garment at a time, which makes larger orders take the same time as a smaller order.
4. We cannot colour match exactly with PMS (Pantone Matching System). The DTG printer converts to CMYK (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow & Black), which is a different colour system from PMS. For this reason we can only match colours with the equivalent CMYK values for any given PMS colour. But rest assured we can get most of them very close.