DTG (Direct-to-Garment) Printing:
DTG printing is a modern printing technique that allows for detailed, full-color designs to be directly printed onto garments, such as t-shirts, using specialized inkjet printers. Unlike traditional screen printing, which requires creating separate screens for each color in the design, DTG printing eliminates the need for screens and allows for a more efficient and versatile printing process.
Here's how DTG printing works:
- Preparing the Design: The design is digitally created or uploaded onto a computer. This can include complex, multicolor artwork, intricate details, and even photographs.
- Pre-Treatment: The garment to be printed on is pre-treated with a special solution that helps the ink adhere to the fabric and ensures vibrant colors and sharp details.
- Printing: The pre-treated garment is placed in the DTG printer, which uses inkjet technology to directly print the design onto the fabric. The printer applies the ink in thin layers, building up the colors and details of the design.
- Curing: Once the printing is complete, the garment is typically heat pressed or cured using a heat tunnel or conveyor dryer. This helps to fix the ink onto the fabric, making it durable and resistant to washing and fading.
DTG printing offers several advantages. It allows for high-quality, full-color prints with intricate details and gradients. It's particularly suitable for small batch or one-off orders, however has to be printed on items that are 100% cotton as the cotton soaks in the ink. This process does fade over time so doesn't last as long as other print methods.