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Direct to Garment printing works similar to your inkjet desktop printer. The unique patented garment ink is deposited directly onto the shirt, with no burning of screens, setup, or registration involved!

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Digital Printing

What is Direct to Garment (DTG) Printing?

Direct to Garment printing works similar to your inkjet desktop printer. The unique patented garment ink is deposited directly onto the shirt, with no burning of screens, setup, or registration involved!

What are the advantages?

The advantages of direct to garment printing over traditional screen printing are ease of setup, and reduced limitations.

Traditionally, one screen has to be burned for each color to be printed. This increases the cost for multiple color jobs, and limits the range of colors available. Direct to garment printing allows for unlimited colors to be printed with no added cost. Photographs, drawings, complex images can all be printed with unrivaled clarity and vividness.

Screen printing yields only 72 DPI at it’s highest, while Direct to Garment printing has a resolution of 600 x 600 DPI, allowing for near-photographic clarity, with NO halftone dots. The image clarity is practically unrivaled in today’s market.

Since there are no screens and no setup, there is also no minimum. You can have one or ten shirts printed, or have ten shirts printed, each with a different image. This is especially ideal for family reunions, small businesses, or anything you need personalized.

I’ve seen photographs on shirts before, how is this different?

The most common method for reproducing a photograph onto a shirt is by using a heat transfer. DTG printing is NOT a heat transfer. Heat transfers are printed onto a separate piece of heat transfer material and heat pressed onto the shirt, causing problems with washability and stiffness. In DTG printing, the ink is applied directly to the shirt, allowing for a flexible feel with no stiffness. This allows the print to be soft and - stretch it as far as you want, your image will not crack or peel. For best results, wash your DTG printed shirts inside out in cold water, to keep them looking good for years.

When should I use Direct to Garment Printing?

Direct to Garment printing is perfect for jobs where multiple colors would be too costly, or where detail, accurate color reproduction, or clarity is a strong issue, for small runs, or for personalization. Screen printing often requires a minimum order because of the time and cost involved to set up a job. Since there are no screens and no setup in Direct to Garment printing, printing one shirt is as easy as printing one hundred. This is ideal for small companies, printing for resale purposes, or printing samples.

When should I use screen printing?

DTG printing is often more affordable on smaller runs involving multiple colors, however many small run jobs involving large block text or a 1-color imprint should be screen printed. We will help you decide whether silk screening or DTG printing is right for your job.

How much does it cost?

The cost per shirt, like screen printing, depends on the quantity being ordered. Please call our shop or email us and we can quickly work up an estimate for you.

Can I bring in my (x) and have it printed?

Unlike silk screening, we do accept customer provided garments. You will be charged only the cost of printing and any shipping charges applicable. Garments must be clean and in print-ready shape, and must meet our print specifications. All garments subject to approval before printing.

What are the print specifications?

Right now, we are only able to print on light or pastel colored garments. If you are unsure as to how your image will look printed on the color shirt you want, try printing your image on a piece of colored paper that matches the color of shirt you are interested in. Garments must be cotton, cotton blend, or denim. We can print on nearly any location, even the hoods of sweatshirts. Get creative!

Why only light colored garments?

Direct to Garment printing is still a relatively new science. Printing on dark garments is still in the development stages. Some shops have opted to offer printing on dark garments, we at this time believe it is neither reliable or economically viable enough to offer our customers. We do believe however it is a very exciting prospect, and will offer it as soon as a truly reliable and economical solution to dark garment printing becomes available.

Whether you want to start up an apparel business for resale, recreate complex artwork, personalize individual garments without the cost and minimum of embroidery, put your Grandmother’s picture on a shirt for her 80th birthday, or just have a cool idea for a shirt for you and a friend, Direct to Garment printing is an exciting new way to explore your creativity.