Direct to garment printing, also known as DTG printing, digital direct to garment printing, digital apparel printing, and inkjet to garment printing, is a process of printing on textiles and garments using specialized or modified inkjet technology.
Direct to garment (DTG) printing is most commonly implemented on garments that are made of cotton or cotton blends, although recent developments in technology have allowed for superior performance on light colored polyester and cotton/poly blends.
The majority of DTG printers are driven from a computer by the use of software known as a RIP (raster image Processor). The RIP software allows the printer to print with larger volumes of ink, generate white ink underbases for dark shirts and also provides for more precision color management through color profiles.
DTG was seen as a viable solution for low-quantity orders previously not possible because of the expensive setup process of screen printers.
Screen printing is a printing technique that uses a woven mesh to support an ink-blocking stencil to receive a desired image. The attached stencil forms open areas of mesh that transfer ink or other printable materials which can be pressed through the mesh as a sharp-edged image onto a substrate. A fill blade or squeegee is moved across the screen stencil, forcing or pumping ink into the mesh openings for transfer by capillary action during the squeegee stroke. Basically, it is the process of using a stencil to apply ink onto a substrate, whether it be t-shirts, posters, stickers, vinyl, wood, or other material.
Screen printing is also a stencil method of print making in which a design is imposed on a screen of polyester or other fine mesh, with blank areas coated with an impermeable substance. Ink is forced into the mesh openings by the fill blade or squeegee and onto the printing surface during the squeegee stroke. It is also known as silkscreen, serigraphy, and serigraph printing. One colour is printed at a time, so several screens can be used to produce a multicoloured image or design.
Screen printing is a viable solution for high-quantity orders. there is a set up fee of $ 35.00 for each screen or color.
Embroidery is the handicraft of decorating fabric or other materials with needle and thread. Embroidery is most often used on caps, hats, coats, blankets, dress shirts, denim, stockings, and golf shirts. Embroidery is available with a wide variety of thread color. The image or artwork have to be transfer to a digital form so the machine can determine how many stiches to put on the garment. These is call digitizing.
The set up fee for digitizing is $ 75.00. The cost of embroidery depends on the size of the artwork.
Heat Transfer is a process where your image or design is transfer to a high quality commercial transfer paper and apply to the garment by heat. This process is good for short runs of shirts.
Heat Transfers is a viable solution for names and numbers on uniforms.
All prices are in USD.