DTG (Direct to Garment Printing)
As the name implies, direct to garment uses ink to print directly onto the fabric or item of your choice. It goes straight into the fibers of the fabric, meaning you don’t feel the design or ink when you touch it.
Direct to garment offers a large number of advantages over other traditional printing methods.
- Large range of color options
- Can be used for detailed and broad designs
- Extremely fast process
- Available for both mass production and short production runs
- No setup costs make it easy to access
- Works on coloured garments as well
- Accurate reproduction and high-quality results
- Water-based, making it eco-friendly
- Can use digital software to create designs.
Direct to garment means no set up costs, you just supply your print ready file (see guide) and we can print your shirt with as little as one item. Volume pricing is available, the more you purchase the lower the per item cost.
Sublimation shirt printing is a specific process of printing that first involves printing onto a special sheet of paper, then transferring that image onto another material (usually polyester or a polyester mix). The ink is then heated until it disintegrates into the fabric. The process of sublimation shirt printing costs more than other methods, but it lasts longer, and will not crack or peel over time, like other shirt printing methods. Sublimation works best on white garments or promotional products that have a special coasting to allow for sublimation (mugs, mouse pads, signs, coasters etc).
In sublimation printing there is no white ink so does not work well for dark colored garments - it can print on dark polyesters but as there is no white ink will appear subdued. We recommend Direct to Film for those items.
Direct to Film
Direct to Film or DTF is a process that transfers prints onto fabric or other substrates using a heat-press mechanism. Unlike the DTG method, which only works on cotton fabrics, the DTF method can work on cotton and poly blends. This allows us to print full color (including white) directly onto 100% polyester, blends or pretty much any fabric on any position.
Direct to Film printing only uses the film as a transport for the ink, the special process transfers the ink into the product and the film is discarded.
Due to the versatility of this new process we can print directly onto baseball caps, aprons, bags and much more, in general if the item can fit into a heat press then direct to film can print on it.
The output for DTF is infused into the material and stretches without cracking and stands up to normal washing like a DTG shirt.