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What is DTG Printing? Why This Method is the Leading

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What is DTG Printing? Why This Method is the Leading

At Kingify, we offer a wide range of well-known apparel methods including DTG printing, dye sublimation, and embroidery. You may be overwhelmed by the choices of production methods, materials, colors, and budget when you enter the custom apparel business. 

In our "Handbook" series, we will explain to you the DTG printing method and its advantages and disadvantages compared to the rest of the printing methods.

What is Direct-to-Garment?

When sellers contacted us, we noticed that the term Screen printing is more popular and DTG printing is still quite unfamiliar to many people. So what is DTG printing and how can it benefit sellers? What sets it apart from other forms of print?

DTG printing is a printing process that uses an inkjet printer to print digital images from a computer onto t-shirts or other garments. It sounds vague, but the way DTG works is quite simple and specific.

In a nutshell, DTG printers resemble your desktop inkjet printers (which use specially tested water-based inks) but instead of just printing on paper, their print material can be shirts, t-shirts, or other clothing. The inks used will contain a "fusing agent", so when printing the design and heat-pressing the garment, the "fusing agent" allows the ink to enter and permanently attach to the fabric. The final product produced will be of high quality, vibrant color, and extremely durable.

If you often have concerns about clothing fading, this can be eliminated using the DTG printing method!

In addition, since the ink is directly linked with the fibers of the garment material, Cotton - a filamentous material, produces the best results when used with the DTG printing method than Polyester - a material with a texture that is much smoother. Ultimately, heat will be used to dry the ink after all the colors have been added and the design is fully printed.

Advantages of DTG Printing

Compared with other traditional printing methods, the Direct-to-Garment method has a large number of advantages:

  • Compared to screen printing, DTG printing has no set-up costs
  • Great for small orders and have a reasonable price for one-offs print.
  • The accuracy and detail of the images printed by DTG printers are very high
  • Full-color printing is affordable because Direct-to-Garment Printer shops do not charge by color like Screen printing.
  • It is almost impossible to perceive the print on the fabric by hand because the DTG printer attaches the ink directly to fibers.
  • With proper care, prints retain their bright, soft colors and won't crack for long periods

The suitable projects to use DTG Printing

  • One-offs or in small quantity
  • Prints require high detail with gradients, shadows, or a variety of colors

The main feature of Direct-to-Garment Printers is simpler than you would expect. The intricate images displayed clearly on soft products such as t-shirts or sweatshirts surprised many people. With DTG printing, you do not need to order in large quantities to have a reasonably competitive price.

And depending on your custom printing needs, you also don't need to sacrifice the quality and durability of your products. DTG printing has the right price for products used in one-time events or for customers who do not need to order large quantities of garments. To help you better understand the advantages, disadvantages, and ideal usage for DTG printing, I will compare it with other printing methods:

Screen Printing

Screen Printing is very expensive and laborious to set up. There is virtually no setup cost whatsoever when you use DTG printing. And you also will save much more cost on one-offs and small orders (about 150 items) with DTG printing. Screen Printing will need a minimum order to compensate for the set-up cost.

Moreover, Screen Printing is also not capable of reproducing the accuracy and color range of DTG printing. Screen printing can also use a variety of inks, including metallic or glow-in-the-dark. On the other hand, if you want a shiny design with a DTG printer, you can use ink directly with DTG Foil.

Dye Sublimation Printing

DTG printing and Dye-sublimation are both types of digital printing, so they each convert digital images from a computer to the substrate of a garment. Instead of using a liquid-like DTG ink, Dye sublimation uses a solid-state ink that is converted to a gaseous state by heat. The heat generates a gas that is transferred directly to the fibers of the material, so this method can be printed on Polyester which Direct-to-Garment printers can only print when this material is properly pre-treated.


DTG Printing is the best choice for you to successfully grow your business. With this printing method, you will have more time to experiment with and market your product. DTG Printing also helps you to bring environmentally friendly products to your customers.

We hope this article was useful to you. If you have any other experiences with DTG printing, please leave a comment below for us!


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