Posted February 12, 2018 by Tyler Gindraux & filed under Support,Tips and Tricks.

Direct-to-Garment (DTG) printing uses a highly modified inkjet printer to apply garment inks which are heat set with a tunnel dryer. As with any print process, there are pros and cons to using this print process.

Keep in mind our project co-ordinators will always make sure to recommend the best process for your job, and this list is simply to make you aware of some of the advantages & disadvantages of this method.

Pros

– Quick turnaround time compared to screen printing

– No setup costs; making this a good option for low volume runs (up to 100)

– Good option for designs that require a number of different colours

– Best for accurately reproducing full-colour photographs

– Does not require artwork to be layer/colour separated or vector format

Cons

– A ‘pre-treatment’ or ‘underbase layer’ is applied to dark and coloured garments, creating a base layer and allowing the design to sit on top. Next, they are heat pressed to flatten fibres, and then cured in a small tunnel heater after printing.

– Sometimes the pre-treatment can react to the garment and can leave quite an obvious staining (as seen above, the “square” around the artwork). We aren’t able to know that this will happen until we have applied the pre-treatment and wait for a reaction.

– Prints onto dark and coloured garments can appear less vibrant and/or grainy

– We’re unable to match to exact Pantone (PMS) Colour Codes; meaning your print may come out a slightly different colour than you are expecting or that we can achieve with screen printing.

– Polyester garments or sports shirts cannot be printed using this process due to the low cotton content, we suggest least 80% cotton.

Please get in touch if you have more questions about this process or would like to hear how it would work for your artwork. You can send us an email at sales@iconprinting.com.

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