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  • The PROS and CONS of DTG

    Direct-to-Garment (DTG) printing uses a highly modified inkjet printer to apply garment inks which are heat set with a tunnel dryer. As with any t-shirt printing process, there are pros and cons to using each process – you might want to take a look at our in depth guide to screen printing to find out more about the main alternative to DTG.

    Pros of DTG printing


    1. Quick turnaround time compared to screen printing
    2. No setup costs; making this a good option for low volume runs (up to 100)
    3. Good option for designs that require a number of different colors
    4. Best for accurately reproducing full-color photographs
    5. Does not require artwork to be layer/color separated or vector format
    Cons of DTG printing

    1. A ‘pre-treatment’ or ‘underbase layer’ is applied to dark and coloured garments, creating a base layer and allowing the design to sit on top. Next, they are heat pressed to flatten fibres, and then cured in a small tunnel heater after printing.
    2. Sometimes the pre-treatment can react to the garment and can leave quite an obvious staining (as seen above, the “square” around the artwork). We aren’t able to know that this will happen until we have applied the pre-treatment and wait for a reaction.
    3. Prints onto dark and colored garments can appear less vibrant and/or grainy
    4. We’re unable to match to exact Pantone (PMS) Color Codes; meaning your print may come out a slightly different color than you are expecting or that we can achieve with screen printing.
    5. Polyester garments or sports shirts cannot be printed using this process due to the low cotton content, we suggest least 80% cotton.
    Source : https://www.iconprinting.com/blog/pr...-dtg-printing/
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