What is Direct To Garment and what are the pros and cons.

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What is Direct to Garment Printing?

When starting your own clothing line or investing in bulk or speciality t-shirts, it’s important to consider your printing options. In our modern day, there are several printing methods to choose from, each presenting its own unique characteristics and advantages.

Using modern inkjet technology, direct to garment (or DTG) printing is a textile printing method that is becoming increasingly popular due to its comparatively low-cost set up and almost instant turnaround times.  

Designed to print onto a range of material fibres such as cotton (the most common), direct to garment printing is not limited to printing solely on t-shirts and can include bags, home furnishings, pillow cases, hats, drink coolers and other great accessories.

How Does Direct to Garment Printing Work?

Direct to garment printing is very similar to how you would print on a piece of paper in your home or office, except onto a piece of apparel. Unlike traditional printing methods such as screen printing, DTG printing no longer requires the use of printing screens, frames and other tedious tasks.

Our DTG printers use speciality water-based inks that transfer directly to the garment (hence the name ‘direct to garment’). The inks are transferred by a print head and are absorbed by the garments fibres, leaving a smooth surface as if the colours were a part of the fabric itself. These features are what prevents distortion often seen in other textile printing techniques such as screen printing.

It’s that simple! As the newest method on the market, DTG is the simplest technique that even those who aren’t in the industry could easily wrap their head around – if only they had the equipment we do at Lee T-Shirts!

What are the Benefits of Direct to Garment Printing?

Different fabrics and materials will all have different characteristics that require alternative printing and washing methods as well as restricted designs and colours. With DTG, this is no longer a problem. A versatile and simple-to-use method, DTG is more economical, faster and cleaner than traditional printing methods such as screen printing.

Since being first developed in the United States in 1996, DTG is a fairly young method that has developed and grown quickly. New technologies and ink performance has lowered the cost of printing with the direct to garment method and is now greatly valuable to those who wish to create a one-of-a-kind, unique piece of material, or those looking to do mass production runs. As a digital method, DTG has a shorter supply chain and faster turnaround when compared to traditional printing methods – with some orders even being completed in less than an hour!

Because DTG is a digital printing method that does not require hand contact, the machinery that operates the printing allows for a more precise and colourful image that is durable, vibrant and does not compromise the feel of the end result. Also, thanks to its potential with colour mixing, DTG printing can produce more complex artwork that was considered too complex for other printing methods and will offer a defined and solid result.

Contact Us Today

To ensure you make the right choice, get in touch with our garment printing specialists today. We have over 50 years of expertise to provide the right advice and offer a free quote on your printing needs. As an Australian owned and operated business owned by a local family, you can trust that our products are produced and manufactured in-house, further ensuring that you’re in the right hands and will be talking to and working with someone who understands your needs and requirements.