Direct to Garment (DTG) printing is a relatively new way to print on shirts using specialty inks printed with inkjet printers! Since the DTG printer is as precise as, well, a printer, you’re able to print images in much higher detail than screen printing, and you’re not limited in color. Fortunately, there’s no minimums or machine setup charges, as in screen printing, so it’s perfect for small quantities and when you have many colors/gradients in your design.
Unfortunately, due to the cost of the inks and pre-treatments, and since the shirts are printed only one at a time, DTG printing can be more expensive than screen printing when doing a large quantity of shirts. Also, since the garment ink only bonds to cotton fibers, it can’t be used for non-cotton shirts like most performance wear. 100% cotton is preferred but we can usually print up to 50/50 (cotton/poly) giving you a more faded, vintage look. Dark shirts, or shirts with white ink, will require a pretreat, which is an additional step, and adds a few bucks to your t-shirt. The pretreat is harmless and will wash out in the laundry, with no additional steps.