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Direct to Garment

As a relatively new and always improving technology, Direct-to-Garment printing is an increasingly popular choice for apparel printing.

  • Cost effective for high color small runs
  • 100% Cotton
  • Photo realistic printing
  • 14 X 16 Max printable area
  • Pricing based on qty

    As a relatively new and always improving technology, Direct-to-Garment printing is an increasingly popular choice for apparel printing. Some of the obvious benefits of DTG printing are the over 16 million color options, the soft touch of the water-based ink and the ability to print photorealistic images. Using modified inkjet technology, the Direct-to-garment printer works much like any regular table top printer would—printing each garment at a time with careful precision. In three easy steps, our technicians are able to create custom apparel with shocking clarity

    Choosing DTG

    While choosing this process seems like an easy decision, there are several factors you want to consider when deciding if DTG printing is the right choice for your order. The main setback is the wait time that is required for each and every printed garment. This makes DTG a better option for those looking to print smaller quantities (our minimum is 6 pieces). There is no price break for larger orders, as with screen printing, because each piece takes the same amount of time and materials to produce.

    The thickness of the print will depend on the darkness of the blank garment. Just like your printer at home, the DTG printer can only print accurate colors onto a white surface. Luckily, this technology has advanced and is now able to print white ink—allowing a white under-base to be laid down on the garment before applying the color. This white layer will add some thickness to the print, though not as much as you would expect on a standard screen printed tee. When deciding on the t-shirts that you would like to use, be sure to remember that the darker the tee, the thicker the print! Those looking for the most lightweight print should also choose the lightest colored garment.

    100% cotton garments will return the best results, as manufactured fibers unfortunately have a tendency to repel the water-based inks that we use in digital t-shirt printing. Polyester, for example, is made of a plastic-like materials and is non-absorbent—creating inconsistency in the color, density, and durability of your design. We do not advise printing on fabrics that are blended with man-made fibers so that we can avoid any confusion about the expected results. Luckily, we have plenty of 100% cotton styles to choose from! Find stylish options with brands like American Apparel, Alternative and Bella + Canvas, while brands like Gildan and Tultex offer work-ready blanks!

    Photorealistic Printing

    When designing a photorealistic print, keep in mind that the resolution of the image you choose will be a factor in sizing your print area. Depending on the size of your desired print area, images under 300dpi may come out pixelated. Our design technicians can assist you with this—though it’s a good idea to avoid using images that appear small on your computer screen all together. DTG printers can also render clear and vivid images on some of the smallest print areas if you are in need of a logo. We offer the best pricing on wholesale DTG printing so contact us to place your order today!

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