DIRECT TO GARMENT (DTG)
- PROCESS IDEAL FOR: Cotton material, small quantity full-color orders, infant onesies, photo prints.
- TURNAROUND TIME: 10 Working Days, Rush Services Available.
- MINIMUM ORDER: 1.
Direct to garment printing, sometimes referred to as DTG printing, is a form of printing designed for use on 100% cotton apparel. Direct to Garment printers use a method referred to as 4 color process, meaning the printer uses only 4 colors, cyan, magenta, yellow and black. With these 4 colors, a full color graphic can be produced. US Logo uses a Kornit brand DTG machine that is able to print white ink in addition to the mentioned ink colors cyan, magenta, yellow and black.
Some would ask, what is the importance of white ink?
DTG inks are virtually transparent and actually designed to be used only on white fabric. Companies that own Direct to Garment printers without white ink, often print on light-colored shirts, even though their printers were designed to be used only on white shirts. Printing a photograph on a light blue shirt without having the ability to use a white base coat will give your image a light blue cast. You must have a white base coat of ink if you don’t want the garment color to affect the color of the imprint. Subsequently, we can print on dark shirts, even black shirts.
DTG – Direct to Garment printing
DTG ink has a less opaque look than traditional screen-printing, therefore, customers notice the softer feel. If we Direct to Garment print on a dark garment and therefore, we print a base coat of white ink, your image will not be as opaque as if we screen-printed your image. You might ask when we recommend DTG printing? DTG printing is best for use when the shirt design is multi-color and in particular, when the design is a full-color image, such as a photograph. With DTG printing we can print a full color photograph on as few as ONE item. There is no minimum with DTG printing. Another benefit of DTG printing is that we can adjust the image size so that larger garments get larger logos and smaller garments get smaller logos. That’s not practical with screen-printing.
Our associates at US Logo are knowledgeable about all the available printing methods and will assist you in selecting the option that is best for you.
An examples of DTG – Direct to Garment Printed T-Shirts
Did you know we offer full color sublimated printing also?
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CAN I HAVE A FULL COLOR PHOTO PRINTED ON APPAREL?
Yes. Direct to garment is great for photo printing. The quality of the photo will depend on the quality of the original photo. A 100% cotton, high thread count garment will produce the best quality print.
CAN MY ARTWORK BE PRINTED ON A DARK SHIRT?
Yes, we have white ink capabilities on our Kornit Direct to Garment Machine. We can print a layer of white ink under the color to make it vibrant on a dark garment.
CAN I GET A DIRECT TO GARMENT PRINTED SAMPLE?
Yes, samples are available, however it may extend your estimated production time.
DOES IT MATTER WHAT FABRIC MY SHIRT IS MADE UP OF?
For the best results and vibrant colors, 100% cotton is preferred. We can also print on cotton blends and polyester for a more muted look.
WHAT ARE THE DESIGN LIMITATIONS?
If you are providing your own artwork, we accept .psd, .tiff, .jpg, .png, .eps, .pdf and .ai files. We require that your artwork be to full size at 300 dpi. We have a size limit of 14” x 17”.
Did you say, “where is a direct to garment printer near me?”
Well here we are, conveniently located at 520 N. West St in Wichita, Kansas.