DTG
Printing

(DTG) Direct to Garment printing is a relatively new technology which is excellent for accurately reproducing photos, illustrations and intricate full colour designs.

DTG printing produces best print results on t-shirts and garments with 100% cotton content. Using DTG printing for items with a high polyester content is not currently possible.

The advantage of DTG printing when compared to screen printing is the faster turnaround time and low set up costs, which makes it a more cost effective solution when printing low volume runs (up to 100). Especially when a design that features a number of different colours is required.

The main disadvantages of DTG printing are that it’s not possible to match pantone PMS colours and the prints are not quite as vibrant when compared to those seen with screen printing where the ink adheres to the fabric.

Watch how DTG printing is done

DTG
printing results

The results for DTG Printing differ depending on what colour fabric is being printed onto:

Lights

Fantastic, full colour images with no set up costs. Excellent for short runs of less than 100 items.

Colours

A white undercoat is used when printing onto coloured garments to ensure the colours are bright and vibrant; this can mean that the print feels slightly thicker when compared to graphics printed onto lighter coloured tees.

Garment
finishing

Re-labelling

We can produce and stitch in branded labels or tags whether it's in the collar, sleeve or base.


Swing tags

Apply swing tags to your garments, perfect for retail.


Bagging service

Use sealed polybags to protect your garments before they are handed out or sold.


Designing for
DTG printing

Design considersations

If your design was created in Photoshop and features gradients, fades or transparency then the following must be taken into account:

DTG Printers cannot print opacities or transparencies so it is important to ensure the opacity of your graphic is at 100%.

Graphics will appear more pixelated when printed onto fabric than they will on paper or on screen because the ink disperses further.

Fades and glows can be problematic in DTG Printing, especially when printing onto coloured garments, because a white base layer is applied first.

Make sure your graphic is designed using CMYK colour settings. DTG printer’s use CMYK inks so bright lime green, super-hot pink or metallic colours will not render properly.

Colours:

CMYK

Pantone colour matching:

Not available

Artwork type:

Vector or raster graphics

File formats:

.png, jpg, .ai, .eps, .pdf

Ensure the print is 100% of the intended print size.

Design and save the graphic file at 300dpi.

Ensure the design is created and saved in CMYK format.

Make sure to save any PNG files with a transparent background.

Avoid low resolution images (72dpi) downloaded from the internet as they will appear pixelated when printed.

Cost considerations

Printing onto white garments costs less than printing onto coloured garments because a white base layer is not required.

The print size does not affect the price i.e. it will cost you the same amount to print a design onto the left chest position as it would to print a large design on the centre front.

Pricing

Colours

Quantity 1st position 2nd position
 
20 £5.50 £4.50
25 £4.75 £3.15
50 £4.50 £3.15
100+ £4.35 £3.15

All prices exclude cost of garments, delivery & VAT. There are no set up costs.

Whites

Quantity 1st colour 2nd position
 
20 £4.50 £3.50
25 £4.05 £3.15
50 £3.70 £2.70
100+ £3.50 £2.50

All prices exclude cost of garments, delivery & VAT. There are no set up costs.

Minimum order quantity

20 items per design

No set up costs

Artwork Service

£50.00 p/hour