DIRECT TO GARMENT

Direct to Garment, or DTG for short, is a method of digital printing using CMYK inks and inkjet technology. The garment is loaded on to a board which then moves under the print heads of the DTG machine. These spray the inks to create a full colour print on the garment.

PRO’S & CON’S OF DIRECT TO GARMENT

PRO’S

  • As there are no screens or lengthy set-ups, DTG is cost effective for very small to large quantity runs.
  • Very capable of printing full colour photo realistic artwork with subtle gradients
  • Smooth finish – DTG injects colour pigments into the fibres of the garment instead of onto the top of the material, which means that when you touch the finished product you won’t feel a different texture.
  • Capable of printing very detailed artwork.

CON’S

  • Not advised for printing solid blocks of spot colours – for this it may be worth considering screen printing.
  • Print may not last quite as long as other methods. However, you can wash the garments in a cold cycle and turn them inside out to preserve the vibrancy of the prints for as long as possible.
  • DTG prints only in CMYK, and so cannot print pantone colours. If a specific pantone is essential to your artwork, (for branding reasons, etc), it may be worth considering screen printing.

TYPES OF DIRECT TO GARMENT

Direct to garment is a very cost effective way of printing a full artwork such as photographs. Prints on light garments have a soft to touch finish and work well for subtle tone and fading out prints.
Printing direct to garment on a dark garment is a slightly longer process as garments have to be pre-treated prior to printing. Prints can achieve excellent vibrancy as well as a faded into the garment look.

ARTWORK REQUIREMENTS & CONSTRAINTS

  • Although vectored artwork is not strictly essential, it should be supplied if possible, with all text outlined. For an explanation of what is meant by vectored artwork, please click HERE.
  • If this is unavailable, then your non-vectored artwork needs to be provided in the highest resolution available (at least 300dpi), and saved at the required print size or larger.
  • Any linked images should be embedded into your artwork.
  • Artwork needs to be supplied with a transparent background, or the background itself will also be printed.