J&J Design offers many decoration processes and sometimes that can be overwhelming for a new customer. We are going to explain some of the most common processes through our blog over the course of the next few months. The first one we’re analyzing is my personal favorite: direct to garment.
Why is direct to garment (DTG) my favorite decoration process? Well, for one, it’s a relatively new process, both to the industry and to our company specifically. We didn’t get into DTG printing until early 2018, so I’ve spent the past year learning the process as it grows in our business.
DTG printing is a way to get potentially hundreds of colors onto a shirt in one print. Neat, right? Check out the below video of one of our prints!
Now that you’ve seen the machine in action, how does it work exactly? As you can see above, the print head moves back and forth as the shirt is fed out of the machine, similar to how your office printer operates at home. Once the printing is done, the ink on the shirt is cured by using heat.
The best orders for DTG prints are ones that are smaller and have more colors. A print could take anywhere from 10 seconds to 2 minutes depending on the size and density of the design. This means you generally won’t see the generous quantity discounts you would see using the traditional screen printing process. However, a 5-color screen printing order can take 30 minutes or more to setup start to finish, whereas a full color DTG order can take seconds. This drives down the cost of small orders relative to screen printing.
It’s important to note that the best print results using DTG printing are seen on 100% cotton shirts. Specifically, shirts like the BELLA+CANVAS® BC3001 or the Port & Company® PC450 are what we recommend. Not only do they create a crisp print, they’re also cost-effective and comfortable shirts.
Direct to garment printing is an exciting step towards the future of decoration. Contact us to place an order. Be sure to like us on Facebook and check out our website to stay up to date with new posts, videos, and special offers.