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Direct to Garment Information

Direct to Garment Printing

Is your design full of colours? The direct to garment printing process is perfect for this. With inks that print directly onto 100% cotton garments, you're left with a print that is as smooth as a Tinder pick-up line.

What is Direct to Garment (DTG) Printing?

DTG printing is the process of printing images directly onto fabrics and garments, such as t-shirts. It employs the use of textile inkjet technology to print your desired image onto the garmet. Think about it as a giant inkjet printer, but instead of printing boring uni assignments and work documents on paper, it prints your awesome fishing puns onto t-shirts.

How It Works

STEP 1

Choose Product

Select a style from our catalog of quality brands

STEP 2

Pretreatment

The shirt is pretreated with a glue-like substance to help bind white inks to darker colour garments and improve the general colour quality of the print.

STEP 3

Printing

Employing industrial inkjet technology, the printer transfers your desired image onto the shirt.

STEP 3

Printing

Employing industrial inkjet technology, the printer transfers your desired image onto the shirt.

File Types for DTG Printing

There's two types of image files: raster and vector. Raster images use pixels, which are thousands of little coloured squares across an area to make recognisable images. The higher pixels an image has, the clearer the image will be, and the better quality prints that can be done with the image. How many pixels an image has is what controls how the image can be scaled. The more pixels an image has, the bigger the print can be scaled without it becoming pixelated.

Vector images are lines between points that create geometrical shapes. The process uses shapes and lines as opposed to pixels, which means that it can be scaled anywhere from the size of a grain of rice to the size of a football field without any loss in quality, as it doesn't have pixellation issues. 

We ask our customers to provide us with high quality raster images (preferably anything over 1500 pixels in either dimension) or vector files. Typically, these files will be in the following file formats:

RASTER

  • JPG
  • PNG
  • GIF
  • PSD
  • TIFF

 

VECTOR

  • AI
  • EPS
  • PDF
  • SVG
  • CDR

 

If you are unsure about these files, for businesses, please ask your marketing, web design or graphics team to provide you with any of these raw logo image files.

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