DTG (Direct To Garment) PRINTING

What is DTG?

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Screen Print vs DTG?

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What is DTG (Direct To Garment)?

What is DTG?

 Instead of using screens to apply the ink to the garment, DTG printing actually uses something like an inkjet printer to print the ink directly onto the fabric. This method is able to take very intricate, detailed designs and a great multitude of colors and apply them with relative ease. 

SCREEN PRINTING vs DTG

How do I choose which method?

The first thing to think about when deciding is your design. Are there fine details and/or many colors you want to incorporate? Or is it a simple design with only a few colors?


What is the size of the order – is it quite large or rather small?


Also, keep in mind print times. The DTG printing process is much slower compared to screen printing. DTG is machine dependent and averages just 30 – 60 garments per hour, while screen printing can average 1,000 garments and upwards per hour.


Use our pros and cons list to make an informed decision, and remember, the bottom line is there are positives and negatives to both, so it really all comes down to your individual circumstances and needs.


 

Screen Printing

Screen printing is widely considered the most popular method of printing. Why? Because it’s very cost effective for printing large batches of apparel, especially if printing all of the same color. Because a special screen must be made for each design, there needs to be a large number of orders for this method to be financially feasible.


Pros:

  • Cost effective for large batches
  • The more product ordered, the cheaper they are
  • Ideal choice for simple designs with less colors

Cons:

  • Simple designs and shapes are all that can be printed
  • Limited number of colors and less cost effective the more colors used
  • Large upfront monetary investment
  • One design per batch


DTG Printing

Instead of using screens to apply the ink to the garment, DTG printing actually uses something like an inkjet printer to print the ink directly onto the fabric. This method is able to take very intricate, detailed designs and a great multitude of colors and apply them with relative ease.

However, because of the time required to print each design, this method is not as cost effective for larger batches, but instead is more economical for smaller batches.


Pros:

  • Better option for small batches and one-off pieces
  • Able to print detailed designs
  • Extensive color options
  • Easily customized designs

Cons:

  • Not cost effective for larger batches
  • Limited design placement

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