Direct-to-Garment (DTG) Printing is a process of printing on textiles and garments using specialized or modified inkjet technology. It's very similar to your inkjet printer at home, but imagine printing on a Tshirt instead of paper! DTG offers so much more flexibility to test new designs and colors or simply print only a few shirts - because that's all you need.
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At Nogginhed, we're committed to helping you through the process each step of the way. We do this every day and are happy to share our knowledge and experience to ensure your Tshirts look amazing when completed.
Benefits of Direct-to-Garment Printing
1. Print in Full-Color for no additional fee. Because DTG is an ink-jet like technology, the colors are mixed as they are laid down on the shirt which is different from Screen Printing. With Screen Printing, each color is laid down separately through a screen made from your artwork.
2. Print Small Quantities. With DTG, we can print smaller quantities as we don't have the same set up requirements as screen printing.
3. Short Turn-Around Times. Although our standard turn around time is 7-10 days, we often have your order ready before that - especially if there are no specialty items like hoodies, pockets or sleeves.
Things to Consider when Printing Direct-to-Garment Custom Tshirts.
1. The Shirt Matters - Choose Cotton if possible. DTG ink is made to bond with cotton fibers, so the more cotton the better. We can and do print cotton/poly blended shirts, but cotton is always recommended.
2. Hi-Res or Vector Art is always better. Garbage In = Garbage Out even with DTG printing. Printing on Tshirts can be somewhat forgiving, but the better your art going into the process the better results you will see. We want you to LOVE your shirts.
3. How Pricing Works, Get a Quote. Pricing for DTG is based on the following factors:
- Quantity. We offer Tiered Pricing, so the more shirts you order, the greater the discount. We do have a minimum of 12 pieces for each art.
- Number of Prints on Shirts. Naturally, the more places we print the more it costs. If you get only the front printed, then that will be less expensive than printing the front, back, and sleeve. We load each shirt manually each time we print new art. So, handling the shirt three times takes longer than handling it once.
- Print Ready Art. Is your art ready to print? We assess your art and determine if it can be printed as-is and if not, we'll discuss with you options for making it print ready.
- Usage of White Ink. With DTG, we have the option to NOT use white ink in prints that don't need it. So, if you're printing on a white shirt, white ink is not required. This helps save you some money. Yay, right?