Facts You Need to Know About Direct to Garment Printing


DTG (Direct to Garment) is a process in which the digital printer imprints a design directly on a piece of cloth using a technology known as inkjet. It can be termed as a method of printing graphics directly on garment.

Why DTG?

In a single pass, the DTG printer can print about 16 million colors on your shirt. The ink dries very quickly and is also safe. The ink is said to soak into your t-shirt and become part of it. Therefore, the graphic won’t peel off, wash away, or crack. Moreover, with a DTG printer, it is a lot easier to print a custom t-shirt since you don’t need setup requirements, inventory commitment, or upfront investment.

Screen Printing vs. DTG

  • DTG colors are almost equal to the original colors while screen printing calls for the closest Pantone match. This can cause significant differences with the original color. DTG printer is said to allow a lot of variations in terms of color as compared to screen printing.

  • With DTG, you can choose to skip some steps and still have good stuff at the end. With screen printing, however, individual screens must be created for each color. This can take a bit of time. With DTG, you can also print a million colors for just a single pass.


DTG uses water-based inks that do not contain AZO dyes, PVC, or phthalates. After printing, your product may smell because of the products used in printing the design. However, the odor is temporary and normally goes away after a few days.

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