Direct to Garment printing, also referred to as DTG, is a printing technique that, as its name indicates, prints textile ink directly into the garment’s fabric. Unlike screen printing, which lays layers of color on top of the garment, DTG goes straight into the fiber, meaning you don’t feel the ink when you touch it. Read how Wikipedia defines DTG.
The DTG printer is the more sophisticated cousin of your home inkjet printer and it pretty much works the same way, except the ink is formulated for textile printing. The technology started being developed in the mid-nineties by a company called Digital Imaging Systems. The man behind the technology Matthew Rhome, started working on a prototype in 1998 when he joined Brother International. They worked on the technology for about six years, and it was presented at the Atlantic City ISS Show in 2005. It was then that it became commercially available.
Unlike screen printing, DTG is easier to set up and provides the option of doing smaller orders. Printsome has a good article about artwork guidelines and general specifications, read it here. And here is a YouTube video of DTG in action.
The aprons shown above were printed from a pdf without the need for raster- to- vector conversion and the order was completed start to finish in less than two hours. The total cost , including printing and apron was $32.00.
Direct To Garment printing is the right choice if you have just a few pieces and you need them fast. Light color garments that are 100% cotton or 50/50 blend work best, polyester is generally not a good fit for this process. Please contact us for a quote.