DTG (Direct To Garment) printing is a great solution for customers with photographic or high colour artwork or who need lower quantity runs than the minimum order for screen printing. We have put together information in a pros vs cons format to help you understand a bit more about DTG printing & the difference between screen & DTG.
With screen printing the minimum orders are higher than DTG due to the set up time involved in digitally separating the colours, making the screens, mixing the inks & registering the screens. With DTG you just set up the artwork, test print & you’re good to go. Our minimum order for DTG starts at just 10pcs per design.
As mentioned above the set up time is much shorter with DTG so this allows us to offer lower quantity runs, with unlimited colours for a fixed price.
3. EXCELLENT REPRODUCTION OF PHOTOGRAPHIC & GRADIENT DESIGNS
While we are capable of producing awesome screen printed photographic designs, we have to admit that you cannot get the same level of detail with screen as you can with a digital print & some photographic designs just aren’t possible to screen print.
4. NO COLOUR LIMIT & FIXED PRICE
Since DTG is basically an inkjet printer, there is no colour limit like with screen printing (maximum 8 colours for screen print). You can have unlimited colours for the same print cost.
5. SMALLER PRINTS ARE CHEAPER
The main cost with DTG is the ink cost, so we have a pricing structure that discounts smaller prints. We have 3 different price lists depending on the print size, these are A4 (21cm x 30cm), A3 (30cm x 42cm) & jumbo (36 x 50cm).
6. LIGHT SHIRTS ARE CHEAPER
Coloured shirts often require white ink to be printed under the colours so the print is vibrant. On white or light shirts, no white ink is needed so prints are significantly cheaper to produce. We pass that saving on to our customers.
7. WATERBASED, ECO FRIENDLY INKS
The inks we use for DTG are OEKO-TEX certified, which means they are sustainable & free from harmful chemicals & are CPSIA compliant which means they are safe for children.
1. LIMITED COLOUR GAMUT
Some colours may be hard to reproduce exactly due to reproducing RGB files with 4 colours (CMYK).
2. PANTONE MATCHING NOT POSSIBLE
Colours are matched approximately, we cannot guarantee Pantone matches.
3. COLOURS NOT AS VIBRANT AS SCREEN PRINTING
With screen printing we can mix the colours completely custom for your job. DTG uses Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black & White ink to make all the colours in your artwork, so there are limitations to how vibrant this can be. DTG also tends to “soak” into the fabric a little bit, causing some muting of colours.
4. LIMITED GARMENT CHOICE
Print results with DTG can vary greatly depending on what shirt we use. Poor quality shirts will produce a sub par print. If you want the best results from DTG, we recommend using 100% combed cotton, which tends to cost a little more, but don’t worry we can help you pick the right shirt.
5. CAN BE EXPENSIVE FOR HIGH VOLUMES
You reach a ceiling with DTG in regards to how cheap you can go. This is mainly due to the material cost (inks & consumables) & the print time. So price breaks go up to 100pcs & level off. For screen printing, price breaks go all the way up to 2000pcs.
6. NOT AVAILABLE TO ORDER ONLINE (YET)
Unfortunately online ordering is set up for screen print orders only at the moment.