DIRECT TO GARMENT PRINTING
Direct To Garment or "DTG" Printing is the newest technology in printing garments and textiles. There are many advantages to using a DTG Printer versus using a traditional Screen Printer. Our printer has the capability to print HIgh-Resolution Images at 300 DPI. What that means in simple terms is, we can print some really crisp images on tee shirts and other clothing.
Reliable Creatives was formed out of the necessity to have a reliable source in the printing business. We pride ourselves on customer service, speedy turn around times for our customers and quality products.
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THE DTG PRINT PROCESS
First, we apply a pretreatment to each of the shirts to create a solid surface for print. All textiles are fibrous, and the shirts must be level for the ink to stick. The pretreatment process can be easily compared to applying primer to drywall before you paint paint it. This process levels the surface of the fabric and prevents the ink from soaking into the garment. Pretreatment is responsible for making the ink colors really stand out, and is especially necessary when printing on dark-colored fabric. After we apply the pretreatment solution, we “cure” our garment with a heat press at 320 degrees.
After pretreating the shirt, we load it onto a “platen” or platform that will be placed on a table in a position for our print head to pass over. After loading the proper art file in our computer, the print head will begin to print a thin layer of white ink (we call this an underbase) on to the black shirt. A white underbase is printed first to make the colors vibrant and pop off the shirt. White shirts do not require an underbase and will yield a better final print. Next, the full-color layer is printed directly on top of the white ink. The underbase is necessary because it allows the vibrant colors to stand out more brightly on the black shirt. Finally, we heat-press each shirt to allow the ink to cure and finalize the process.
Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT EXACTLY IS DIRECT-TO-GARMENT PRINTING?
A DTG printer is very similar to a large ink jet printer, only it prints directly on top of clothing using special ink designed for fabric. It’s ideal for designs that demand full-color, shadows or gradients, which include photographs and high-resolution images or logos containing a variety of different colors.
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.
WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SCREEN PRINTING & DTG (DIRECT TO GARMENT)?
Screen Printing is a tranditional printing process that involves creating a stencil, known as a screen, and then using that screen to apply ink on the printing surface (in our case, apparel or promotional products). Each individual color in the print is applied using a different screen, one at a time, combined to achieve the final look. The more colors a design has, the more screens that are needed, and the more setup time and fees required. The ink used in screen printing is applied thicker than digital printing, which sometimes results in brighter colors. Screenprinting is the best option for designs that require a high level of vibrancy.
DTG (Direct To Garment) or Digital Printing is a much newer process that involves your artwork being processed by a computer, and then printed directly onto the surface of your product. Digital printing is not a transfer - the ink is directly adhered to the fabric of your shirt. The fact that the design is processed and printed digitally allows for a quantity of one, and there are no screens or set up fees (art fees may apply). Digital printing is best used for items that require large amounts of detail and/or print colors.The fact that the digital printer does not use screens allows for a photographic print, with much more detail than traditional screen printing.