What is Direct to Garment (DTG) Printing?

Customise t-shirts using dye sublimation technologyDirect to garment printing, also known as DTG printing, is a method of digitally printing an image onto cotton textiles.

Direct to garment printers, also known as DTG printers or digital garment printers, are designed to print directly onto cotton based shirts, caps, bags, pillow cases, home furnishings and promotional items using specialised inkjet technology.

DTG inkjet garment printing is more economical, faster, and cleaner than traditional screen printing methods, plus it requires significantly less operating space and business start-up costs. Decorators and t-shirt designers can create one of a kind masterpieces or mass production runs - regardless of the number of colours - without having to create film positives, stretching screens, and using chemicals to reclaim screens.

Pairing a DTG solution with an automatic pre-treatment machine is recommended to improve productivity and ensure consistent pre-treatment of dark textiles. Printers running higher volumes with multiple machines should also consider investing in a tunnel dryer to improve curing productivity and result in a softer handle of the print.

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DTG printing applications

  • Print over zippers, seams and pockets
    Print over zippers, seams and pockets
  • Customize different types of footwear
    Customize different types of footwear (attachment required)
  • Personalize a variety of accessories
    Personalize a variety of accessories
  • Print on jeans and denim
    Print on jeans and denim
  • Print on the crown and bill of headwear
    Print on the crown and bill of headwear (attachment required)

Simple steps to success

  • 1 Create

    Design your artwork on a computer

  • 2 Pre-Treat if printing onto dark textiles

    Use a spray system or an automatic pre-treatment machine to apply a layer of pre-treatment to the print area

  • 3 Cure Pre-Treat if printing onto dark textiles

    Heat press the pre-treated textile to bond the solution to the textile

  • 4 Print

    Print out the artwork directly onto your textile

  • 5 Cure Print

    Use a heat press or tunnel dryer to fix the printed ink. A tunnel dryer will result in a softer hand to the print textile

How easy is it to use a DTG printer?

What do I need for a DTG solution?

How much does it cost to print a shirt on DTG printer?

Expense Cost
Dark T-Shirt $5.00
Inks $4.03
Pre-Treatment Solution $0.35
Labour $0.65
Maintenance $0.40
Total $10.43
Average Sell Price $28.00
Profit $17.57
Customise t-shirts using dye sublimation technology

* Estimates only using a 35x40cm test image printed onto a dark garment using CMYK+W inks. All prices exclude GST.

What is the return on investment of a DTG printer?

Using the below points as an example you can potentially break even after just 10 months!

  • Direct-to-Garment Printer value: $16,450
  • Printing: 5 single-sided shirts a day for 5 days every week
  • Average sell price: $28.00 each
Break even after just 10 months

* Estimates only and does not take into account your personal situation, overhead expenses and other variable costs. Please conduct your own calculations. All prices exclude GST.

case studies

Case Study: [VIDEO] Forza Italia captures customised print market in Melbourne

[VIDEO] Forza Italia captures customised print market in Melbourne

Forza Italia is Australia’s largest Italian retailer, importing a huge selection of well-known Italian brands including Ferrari and Juventus. With the help of GJS, it now also creates and personalises a variety of products on-demand in its Lygon Street store, as well as online via forzacustoms.com.au

Case Study: Push Productions: Providing Opportunity Through Print

Push Productions: Providing Opportunity Through Print

Reinvention isn't just a business strategy for Push Productions, it's part of its DNA. The Sunshine Coast print shop has had a colourful and diverse history spanning more than twenty years. Read how GJS has helped Push Productions expand into new markets and bring employment opportunities to the local community.

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