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all about DTG: what is DTG printing and the difference from Screen printing

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all about dtg

What is DTG Printing? How does it work? How does it difference from screen printing?

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You need to know before starting DTG printing: Avantages of DTG method

fabric material for dtg print

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Make sure what kind of  material you are using for your DTG project.

recommended brands for DTG

recommended brands

Here you will find the brand of your budget. Recommended brands for both t-shirt and hoodies.

What is Direct to Garment (DTG) printing?

Direct-to-garment, or DTG, is a printing procedure through which you can spray the ink onto the garment. The fibers of the material ment soak up the ink sprayed onto it. The process is similar to printing on paper. However, it's done on clothing.

The primary benefit of DTG is that it's convenient to print one-off is because there is practically no setup time involved in the method. For instance, you have an online store that connects with a third-party Direct To Garment Printing provider.

After your customer places an order for a t-shirt on your online store, the DTG service provider automatically receives the order. The company then starts printing the design onto the t-shirt. After it's done, the shirt is delivered to the customer, but it's under your label.

How does it difference from Screen Printing?

Screen printing is the process that ink go through the fabric with the help of mesh and squeegee. This method good for: if your design is solid color, and you have a lot to print  at a time with the same design. Each color is more time, extra screen and stencil, which can cost more money for the couple of t-shirts. According to the YELP and Google it shows the best Screen Printing Shops in LA  are Yes We Print and Rapid Silk Screen Printing companies with their high quality certification and better price.

How does it work?

STEP 1-EXPERT REVIEW

Our experts review customer's design to make sure it follows DTG Artwork requirements. Then our team works on design to make it ready to the production. If customer does not provide a mock-up file don't worry, we prepare a visual proof to show you the printing placement, size, color, etc. Mock-up is an electronic version, printed version is not always the same as you see on computer. So, if you are particular with some details, we should know about it before production to avoid making mistakes. We don't proceed the order until we get your approvement.

STEP 2 - PRETREATMENT

DTG Printing generally needs a pretreatment solution that works as a "primer." The primer is designed to create a link between the ink and material. The process is necessary for all dark-colored clothing and also can be performed on light-colored clothing as an optional.

step 3 - printing

It is important to place the shirt on a surface that is flat and smooth during printing. For this reason, we use a plate so that the print heads stay in one place and do not move away with the media. If this happens, you might yield blurry results.

Approved file is sent to the printer. For light garments, the machine passes over the surface of the garment, while applying a highly controlled spray of each of the inks used. It works well for one or more passages. For dark clothing, it first establishes a white undercoat, then starts to print the processing inks. 

DTG Printing: befor egetiing ready to ship

step 4 - before getting ready

Before it's ready, you will notice that the fabric on which you print has completely soaked the ink. It does not stay on the fabric like a sticker like old-school shirt printing techniques.

The fibers of your shirt soak up the ink from the printer to create a beautiful design that is realistic. There is no chance of the paint to peel or crack away. The process ensures that the print stays in one place so that your shirt can have a long life. 

After we finish, we pack your order and put it to the "ready orders" with your name on it.


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If your design is for DTG or...
  • YOUR PROJECT IS FULL COLOR DESIGN (SOMEONE'S PHOTO, PICTURE etc.)
  • THERE ARE SOME SHADES OR GRADIENTS IN YOUR DESIGN
  • YOU ARE IN RUSH AND YOU WANT TO PRINT A COUPLE OF T- SHIRTS ASAP
  • YOU HAVE A BIG PROJECT, BUT YOU WANT TO SEE A SAMPLE BEFORE YOU GO WITH A BIG RUN
  • YOU HAVE A DESIGN WITH MORE THAN 6 SOLID COLORS AND YOU DON'T WANT TO PAY EXTRA MONEY FOR SCREEN SETUPS
  • YOU DO DIFFERENT SIZES SHIRTS PRINTING, YOU HAVE ADULT SHIRTS AND YOUTH SIZE SMALL SHIRTS. THERE IS NO NEED TO PAY AN EXTRA FOR A SMALL SIZE T-SHIRT'S PRINTING SETUP FEE
  • SHORT DELIVERY TIME, DUE TO THE FACT THAT  DIRECT TO THE GARMENT METHOD IS THE FASTEST WAY OF PRINTING
  • AFTER THE PRINT YOU WON'T FEEL FULL OF INK ON YOUR SHIRT, YOU'LL GET SOFT SHIRT WITH YOUR DESIGN ON IT COUSE THE INK GOES THROUGH THE FABRIC UNLIKE THE OTHER PRINTING METHODS

Make sure your project is for DTG: Advantages of DTG Printing

  • Your project is full color design (someone's photo, picture, etc.)
  • There are some shades or gradients in your design
  • You are in a rush and want to print a couple of shirts ASAP
  • You have a big project, but you want to see a sample before you go with a big run
  • You have a design with more than 6 solid colors and you don't want to pay extra money for the screen setups
  • You do different sizes printing, you have adult shirts and youth size small shirts as well, There is no need to pay an extra for a small size t-shirt's set up fee in DTG print
  • Short delivery time, due to the fact that Direct to Garment method is the fastest way of printing
  • After print you won't feel full of ink on your shirt, you'll get soft shirt with your design on it couse teh ink goes through the fabric unlike the other printing methods

 

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100% COTTON for DTG

100% COTTON

Soft feel • Breathable • hypo-allergenic • Easy to clean and care for • Prone to shrinkage and wrinkles over time

Many people prefer hypoallergenic fabric because it causes few reactions. This is why this fabric is commonly used for making clothes of babies and children. It is a highly absorbent and flexible material which makes it comfortable to wear in all weathers. However, once the fabric is dyed, it tends to fade over time. Thus, cotton requires special attention for maintenance when you wash or iron it. Cotton is also sensitive to humidity. It may develop molds if it is stored incorrectly and without taking the proper measures.

 

 

printed cotton samples
light pink cotton printed sample
white t-shirt cotton printed sample
cotton t-shirt printed  sample
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100% COTTON

100% COTTON

Soft feel • Breathable • hypo-allergenic • Easy to clean and care for • Prone to shrinkage and wrinkles over time
  • BEST FOR: ALL PRINTING METHODS
  • QUALITY OF PRINTNG: HIGH
  • RECOMMENDED BRANDS: 3001/5000
  • AVAILABLE FOR SAME DAY: 3001/5000
SEE OUR SAMPLES

100% COTTON

100% COTTON

Soft feel • Breathable • hypo-allergenic • Easy to clean and care for • Prone to shrinkage and wrinkles over time

Hypoallergenic causes few reactions, which is why it is used a lot for clothes for babies and children. It is also absorbent and flexible which makes it comfortable. The dyed fabric tends to fade over time, cotton requires special attention for maintenance (washing / ironing) indeed, it is a fragile fiber which shrinks during washing (and possibility of tearing), therefore which requires careful washing. It is also sensitive to humidity: it quickly develops mold if it is stored incorrectly. 

 

  • BEST FOR: ALL PRINTING METHODS
  • QUALITY OF PRINTNG: HIGH
  • RECOMMENDED BRANDS: 3001
  • AVAILABLE FOR SAME DAY:
printed cotton samples
light pink cotton printed sample
white t-shirt cotton printed sample
cotton t-shirt printed  sample
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  • BEST FOR: ALL PRINTING METHODS
  • QUALITY OF PRINTNG: MEDIUM/HIGH
  • RECOMMENDED BRANDS: 18500; 3729; F498W; S101; S700; F170; 92500; 5102;
  • AVAILABLE FOR SAME DAY: 18500

printed 50/50 blend samples

crop top sample for DTG
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50/50 Blend

Softer and lighter feel than cotton • Not as breathable as cotton • More shrink resistant than cotton • Versatile and durable • Maintains shape and color longer

When it comes to hoodies, sweatshirts, or crop-tops, we mostly use of 50/50 or 80/20. This is referred to as "poly-cotton" by various brands because the fabric is a mixture of two materials. T-shirts that are made with a 50/50 blend generally tend to hold their shape well. They are also light. Thus, they can be worn as everyday attire in hot environments. 

50/50 Blend

Softer and lighter feel than cotton • Not as breathable as cotton • More shrink resistant than cotton • Versatile and durable
  • BEST FOR: ALL PRINTING METHODS
  • QUALITY OF PRINTNG: HIGH
  • RECOMMENDED BRANDS: 3001/5000
  • AVAILABLE FOR SAME DAY: 3001/5000
SEE OUR SAMPLES

NOT RECOMMENDED DTG

  • BEST FOR: ALL PRINTING METHODS
  • QUALITY OF PRINTNG: MEDIUM
  • RECOMMENDED BRANDS:
  • AVAILABLE FOR SAME DAY:

printed 50/50 blend samples

crop top sample
MORE SAMPLES

50/50 Blend

Softer and lighter feel than cotton • Not as breathable as cotton • More shrink resistant than cotton • Versatile and durable • Maintains shape and color longer

Hoodies, sweatshirts or crop-tops mostly are 50/50 or 80/20, it is called "poly-cotton" by some brands, because the fabric is made from both materials. T-shirts made with a 50/50 blend generally also hold shape well but are light and cool, making them perfect for everyday wear in hot environments. This fabric is more popular in screen printing, but with full color designs the best option is to go with DTG. 


NOT RECOMMENDED DTG

CONTACT FOR OTHER PRINTING METHOD

100% Polyester no for DTG

100% POLYESTER

Keeps body warm in cooler climates • Moisture wicking • Strong, durable and long-lasting • Easily keeps shape, resistant to shrinking and wrinkles • Resistant to color fading
  • NOT FOR DTG !
  • Works only with Screen printing or Vinyl method (Contact if you need)
  • Best for sport teams, construction mesh, microfiber t-shirt
Tri-Blend for DTG

TRI-BLEND

• Blend of Cotton, polyester and rayon • Softest of them all • Gives vintage look • Best for: Screen Printing (available) • Low Quality result expected with DTG

QUALITY PRE-LOOK ON DIFFERENT MATERIALS


100% POLYESTER

Keeps body warm in cooler climates • Moisture wicking • Strong, durable and long-lasting • Easily keeps shape, resistant to shrinking and wrinkles • Resistant to color fading
100% POLYESTER

100% POLYESTER

Keeps body warm • Strong, durable and long-lasting • Easily keeps shape, resistant to shrinking and wrinkles
  • WORKS ONLY WITH SCREEN OR VINYL METHOD (CONTACT FOR THIS SERVICE)
  • BEST FOR SPORT TEAMS, CONSTRUCTION MESH, MICROFIBER T-SHIRT

about tri-blend

TRI-BLEND

• Blend of Cotton, polyester and rayon • Softest of them all • Gives vintage look • Best for: Screen Printing (available) • Low Quality result expected with DTG

100% POLYESTER

Keeps body warm in cooler climates • Moisture wicking • Strong, durable and long-lasting • Easily keeps shape, resistant to shrinking and wrinkles • Resistant to color fading
before print DTG looks like pre-look

100% COTTON PRE-LOOK

EXPECTED RESULT
DTG print on 50/50 blend

50/50 BLEND PRE-LOOK

EXPECTED RESULT
DTG print on tri-blend

TRI-BLEND PRE-LOOK

EXPECTED RESULT : NOT RECOMMENDED

QUALITY PRE-LOOK ON DIFFERENT MATERIALS

100% COTTON

50/50 BLEND

TRI-BLEND

*not recommended

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BUDGET

BRAND NAME: GILDAN • MATERIAL: HEAVY COTTON STYLE NUMBER: 5000
GILDAN budget t-shirt

AVERAGE

BRAND NAME: BELLA CANVAS MATERIAL: 100% COTTON (fit) STYLE NUMBER: 3001
bellla canvas budget average

PREMIUM

BRAND NAME: AS COLOUR MATERIAL: 100% COTTON
premium t-shirt brand as colour

budget gildan hoodie

BUDGET

BRAND NAME: GILDAN MATERIAL: 50/50 BLEND STYLE NUMBER: 18500
LANE SEVEN AVERAGE BUDGET HOODIE

AVERAGE

BRAND NAME: LANE SEVEN MATERIAL: 80/20
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