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Proper DTG T-shirt printing for the best usage

Updated: Oct 27, 2023

Direct to garment printing is a relatively new clothing printing process which allows full colour printing directly onto the garment without the need for screens, transfer or sublimation techniques.

DTG printers are garment printers which are at the very basic level, an inkjet printer usually based on an Epson printer principle and they work in the same way as the one that sits on the desk printing invoices. A tray holds a platen onto which the t-shirt is placed and which then moves under the print-head similar to the way paper moves through a printer. This has some small limitations in the speed department but, even so, still produces full colour prints in a relatively short time.

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DTG t-shirt printing is a great alternative to standard screen printing whereby screens have to be made before the job can be started. It's a good alternative to transfer printing whereby initial quantities often need to be larger in order to make them more cost effective.

The first major breakthrough was that of printing onto 100% cotton. The second major breakthrough was the development of white ink, making it possible to print onto any colour of Shirt.

We at ‘t-shirts etckaty’ would recommend 100% Cotton T-Shirts as the best medium. Especially good finishes have been found on Blue max and Gildan brands. But Sweatshirts and Polo shirts can also be successful. The key is to test each garment until you are happy with the print finish.

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