DTG printing offers several advantages over traditional methods like screen printing. It allows for faster turnaround times, as there is no need for creating separate screens or stencils for each color.
The DTG Process
1. Preparing the artwork for DTG: The design or image to be printed is prepared digitally using graphic design software. This artwork is typically saved in a compatible file format, such as JPEG or PNG.
2. Pre-treating the garment: To enhance the quality and durability of the print, some fabrics require pre-treatment. A pre-treatment solution is applied to the garment before printing to ensure the ink adheres properly.
3. Printing process: The pre-treated garment is placed onto a specialized DTG printer, which uses inkjet technology to print the design directly onto the fabric. The printer applies the ink in layers, allowing for multiple colors and complex designs.
4. Curing the print: Once the printing is complete, the garment needs to be cured to set the ink and make it permanent. This is usually done by heat pressing the printed garment, which helps the ink bond with the fabric fibers.
Direct-to-garment printing also enables the printing of highly detailed and intricate designs with a wide range of colors. However, DTG printing is best suited for smaller print runs and designs with many colors, as it may become less cost-effective for larger production quantities.