So what exactly is DTG printing?
First, it stands for Direct to Garment but is sometimes referred to as Digital Garment printing, Digital Apparel printing, and Inkjet to Garment printing. DTG printing is a process of printing graphics onto textiles and garments. For our use, t-shirts. It uses modified inkjet technology to print whatever graphic you want onto the shirt. Think of it like a giant inkjet printer.
There’s no screens, no tubs of ink, and no giant printing presses — This results in quicker turn around time for smaller quantities.
Direct to garment printing or DTG is a great alternative to screen printing when printing highly detailed illustrations, pictures and graphics with a lot of gradients on apparel. It’s not the best option for high volume production due to the much more labor intensive process compared to screen printing. However, it’s a great option for very low volume orders and sampling.
DTG is a relatively new technology that allows for a lot of variations compared to regular screen printing. With Level Press DTG we can print over 16 million colors directly to your garment. The ink is environmentally friendly, dries quickly, and long lasting. The Premium Standard DTG inks we use eliminate cracking, fading, or peeling, and after a wash or two, feel like an old favorite while retaining bright colors and incredible detail.