For decorating on T shirts and apparel with Ink, we offer many different services from Screen printing also known as silk screen printing to the current modern age of Digital printing. Direct to garment printing, also known as DTG printing, digital direct to garment printing, digital apparel printing, and ink-jet to garment printing, is a process of printing on textiles and garments using specialized or modified ink-jet technology. Direct to garment (DTG) printing is most commonly implemented on garments that are made of 100% cotton or cotton blends. A primary advantage of DTG printing is the lack of set-up costs and instant turnaround time not associated with traditional garment printing methods such as screen printing. With DTG you can do just one T-shirts with full color and a low cost. Screen Printing is best for larger orders and low colors use.
For Jersey lettering and numbering as in sports teams you may want to check out our Sports Film (Heat Seal) process.
How is Direct to Garment (DTG) printing done?
Direct to Garment (DTG) is a method where a printer directly applies the ink onto the t-shirt with inkjet technology. It involves a special printer, which prints the ink directly onto the garment in the desired design. DTG uses specialty inks, which are absorbed by the fibers of the garment.
Since the DTG printer is as precise as…well…a printer, you’re able to print images in much higer detail than screen printing, and you’re not limited in color. Because the printer can print any image, customization is simple. This is also a good option for those who don’t have a lot of money to make an up-front investment for a large batch, because each t-shirt can be ordered separately.
Screen printing is a process that involves pushing ink through a woven mesh stencil onto fabric. The stencil opening creates the space through which the ink will go, to create the design. The ink is then pushed over the mesh, pulled by a fill blade or squeegee. As the blade is pulled, the ink is pushed through the mesh, onto the garment.
Things you should know about screen printing:
Because of the technique of screen printing, only one color can be applied at a time. Therefore, the amount of colors in a design is limited, and each layer demands more time, another screen and stencil, and ultimately, more money. Screen printing is a good choice for simple designs, one solid color, and when you’re making many t-shirts of the same design at a time.
Do screen-printed T-shirts last longer than DTG-printed shirts?
Neither printing process will fade faster than the other; you don’t have to worry about DTG prints washing out the first time you stick it in your washing machine. However, we all have that T-shirt from middle school sitting at the bottom of our drawer that’s faded and worn itself out over time. We can’t promise that your T-shirt will last forever (as much as you want it to), but we can guarantee a quality print no matter which process you choose to use.