What is DTG Printing?

Direct-to-garment printing (DTG) is a process of printing on textiles using specialized aqueous (water-based) ink jet technology. Our DTG printers have a platen especially designed to hold your garment in a fixed position, while the printer inks are applied onto the garment by the print head.

To ensure we provide the best results possible, each garment is pre-treated with a PTM or Pre-treatment machine to provide the following:

  • Stronger bond between garment fibers and the pigmented inks

  • Lays down loose fibers to provide for a smoother substrate

  • Chemically reacts with the inks to promote drying and curing

 

Since this is a digital process, the print is much sharper and has a much higher resolution, or DPI, than traditional printing methods such as screen printing.

We use 100% ring spun cotton since the DTG inks and pretreat are water-based and work best with natural fibers.

Once your garment has been properly pre-treated and printed, the ink is then cured using a heat press.  This ensures the design will be vibrant and long lasting.