Direct to Garment
One of the greater evolution in shirt printing came from the invention of the jet printer. Direct to garment, or DTG printing, utilizes jet printing technology to print designs directly onto a shirt; just like its paper counter-part. The result is a fully printed t-shirt by way of ink jet printing.
Advantages of Direct to Garment
Direct to Garment printing is great for on-demand printing. The process is not labor intensive and quick to produce a unit.
Like its paper counter-part, direct to garment printers have the ability for high image quality prints.
Unlike screen printing, DTG has the ability to print however many colors are needed and as detailed as possible.
Eco-friendly! Due to the process being so simplified of putting a shirt into a printer, there’s minimal waste of ink.
Disadvantages of Direct to Garment
DTG printers are expensive to buy. It’s not typically an option available for personal use due to the expense.
Direct to Garment is not suitable for large quantities. The printing process is slow on a per shirt basis.
Limited in fabric choices. DTG printing is limited to mostly cotton based materials and the surface area it can print on.
Though prints have a decent lifespan, up to 8 years, its screen printing brother can last as long as 15 years.