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 creations or mass production runs - regardless of the number of colours - without having to create film positives, stretching screens, and using chemicals to reclaim screens.

It is recommended that a DTG solution includes an automatic pre-treatment machine to improve productivity and ensure consistent pre-treatment of dark textiles. Printers running higher volume with multiple machines will also invest 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

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case studies

Case Study: Dose Ink: A business built with a Brother GT-3

Dose Ink: A business built with a Brother GT-3

A Brother GT-3 garment printer from GJS is forming the cornerstone of a new business venture by three enterprising young men with their finger on the pulse of both the printing and music industry.

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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