DIRECT TO GARMENT
Digital printing or direct to garment (a.k.a. DTG) printing has arrived! We’ve been watching this industry for years and at last the digital print technology has reached our quality standards for art reproduction on dark garments.
The color separation, set up times and number of colors involved made printing complex and/or photographic imagery on darks very cost prohibitive. Rush charges made quick turns for small runs very expensive. DTG makes simulated process prints WITH a quick turn possible and affordable because the art file is printed directly onto the apparel item being decorated using ink jet technology, similar to a home or office paper printer. We can print on:
- Sweat Pants
- and more!
IMPORTANT THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT DIRECT-TO-GARMENT PRINTING
Although DTG printing is just as good – perhaps more detailed – than screen print, each medium has a unique quality. For this reason, digital prints should never be used as pre-production samples no matter what the time and cost restraints are.
The pre-treatment on dark shirts may leave a slight discoloration around the printed image area. This is a natural result of the process and disappears with the first wash. All DTG prints should be washed prior to wear. To best preserve the colors in your design, we recommend washing the garments inside out in cold water.
Direct-to-garment printing produces the best results on 100% cotton garments. Polyester thread has a finish that repels the printer inks. Some blends can work, but your best bet is to stick with 100% cotton.
Garments with finishes – such as stain resistant aprons – are not able to be printed digitally.