How To Make A Great DTG Shirt
We get a lot of questions about the DTG process and how to make a great DTG shirt. Let’s start with what DTG is.
DTG stand for Direct to Garment, and is a process by which a garment is placed into the printer, and a set of heads move over the garment printing the design incrementally across the garment. Rather than pushing ink through a screen like the screen printing process, the process of printing of the shirt is similar to the process used to print a document in an ink jet printer.
DTG printing is very different from screen printing, not only in the process involved, but also in the outcome. Screen printing requires simple lines and a definable color palette. The net outcome is a garment with a bold, glossy finish, but that ink adds some rigidity and has some weight. On a DTG shirt, the images can be subtle, and photo realistic. Nearly any color of the spectrum can be re-created. The colors are bright but the finish itself is matte. The shirt itself remains soft and the ink doesn’t add any extra weight.
The best garments for DTG printing are white or off-white (Ash, bone etc.) as these colors show the ink the best. And the best designs are those with multiple colors. Dramatic photos and brightly illustrated artwork look great on DTG. And DTG really allows race and charity shirts to show all the colors in all the sponsors logos.
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