Direct to Garment or “DTG” printing is pretty much exactly like what it sounds like. Where screen printing requires ink to be pushed through as many mesh stencils needed to compose your image, DTG is essentially a large-format inkjet printer that takes your digital image from the computer and prints it directly onto your garment. It requires a whole lot less set-up and allows for full color graphics to be printed much closer to the original design than screen printing would. It’s pretty much like printing documents to your desktop inkjet printer, only the printer is way bigger, the paper is a t-shirt, tote or whatever you can imagine, and your designs are likely much cooler than boring office documents.
The type of printing that should be utilized is highly dependent on what it is you are printing and what you want to print on. DTG prints best on 100% cotton garments as the ink adheres only to the natural fibers in a garment. The less cotton there is in your garment, the less ink will end up sticking to it and the more the color of the garment will show through.
Want to learn more about our DTG printing process and chat about some design ideas you have? Stop on by our shop at 2457 Hunter St. here in LA or give us a call at 213-536-5233 to get started.