Direct-To-Garment Printing (DTG)



Best for:

Complex artworks with lots of colours, cotton (not good for polyester), small orders (no minimums).


What is DTG printing?

Direct-to-garment (DTG) printing, often known as inkjet printing, is a printing technique that imprints designs directly into textiles and other fabrics using inkjet technology. DTG printing does not require the use of a separate transfer medium, such as a screen or transfer paper, unlike other printing techniques, including screen printing or heat transfer. Instead, using specialised inks and printing machinery, the design is imprinted directly onto the fabric.



DTG printing is frequently employed to produce premium, full-color prints on t-shirts and other clothing. The procedure is quick and effective, enabling the fabrication of intricate motifs with numerous colour options. Businesses and individuals who wish to create unique, high-quality clothing frequently in small quantities.


Benefits of DTG:

  1. High-quality, full-color prints: DTG printing enables the production of prints with a variety of high-quality, full-color alternatives. The prints can be produced fast and effectively, and they are extremely accurate and detailed.
  2. Versatility: Cotton, polyester, and other synthetic textiles may all be printed on with DTG technology. This makes it a flexible printing technique that may be applied to several applications..
  3. Easy to use: Using a separate transfer media, like a screen or transfer paper, is not necessary when using DTG printing. As a result, the procedure is simple to use and offers designers a great deal of control and flexibility.
  4. Environmentally friendly: Water-based inks, which are used in DTG printing, are less damaging to the environment than other ink types. It is thus a more environmentally friendly printing choice.

Downsides of DTG:


  1. Limited materials: Since DTG printing can only be used on fabrics, it cannot be utilised to print on non-fabric substrates like metal or plastic.
  2. Vulnerability to water: DTG prints are water resistant but can be harmed if they are exposed to moisture. This can make washing or cleaning clothing that has been decorated with DTG printing challenging.
  3. Limited color options: DTG printing offers a large number of colour choices, but it struggles to produce some hues, such metallics or fluorescents. The variety of designs that can be made using this printing technique may be constrained as a result.
  4. Not as colourful as screen printing, and colour matching is not possible.
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