What is it?
Direct-to-garment printing is the process of printing on fabrics using specialized water-based ink.
A garment is pre-treated, heat-pressed, and digitally printed according to the desired design and fabric properties. This process allows for sharper images to be printed at a higher resolution while decreasing setup and cleanup time.
Direct-to-garment printing has given us at See Our Designs the ability to print quality designs while lowering costs on orders ranging from hundreds of garments to one single t-shirt.
A pre-treat mixture is applied to the garment, Once cured, this mixture helps the water-based inks bond more fully to the fabric.
The garment is heat-pressed so that all fibers are lying flat, thus allowing for the printed image to emerge clear and precise.
Its time to print! Each item is secured and the desired design is printed on the garment using a special water-based textile ink.
Once the design is printed on the garment, it passes through a final curing process, during which the design is dried completely.
And voilà, the unique garment is complete!
Direct-to-Garment vs. Screen Printing
DTG printing uses a water-based ink which is sprayed directly onto a garment using a specialized printer. Screen printing, on the other hand, layers ink on top of the fabric using a system of stencils and squeegees.
Which is better?
While both have their pros and cons, DTG printing allows for unlimited color options, faster output, easy reprints, and reduced labor. Additionally, it is a much more economic and efficient option when printing small or "one-off" orders.
With DTG you can customize and realize both large and small quantity orders at a lower price than screen-printing.