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What is Direct-to-Garment (DTG) printing?

πŸ’‘ Looking to Print Photo Quality Designs? Learn About DTG Printing in 2021
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At Meowprint, this popular direct-to-garment (DTG) printing is the latest technology of apparel printing in Singapore.

Imagine having a big printer, and you print directly onto the garment, for example t-shirts, using modified inkjet technology

This method allows you to print your picture directly onto your apparel without losing any of the details.

This method of print is similar to digital heat transfer printing or Sublimation printing as it is also capable of printing real life images or complex designs on t-shirts without the hefty price tag of silk screen printing.

Let's explore this advanced method of print.

1. How did Direct-to-Garment (DTG) printing come about?

Direct-to-garment printing has come in the apparel printing scene in the year 1996.

Yes, it is a relatively new method of printing as compared to silk screen printing or embroidery which dated centuries ago.

This method of printing was founded by a guy called Matthew Rhome. Upon this revolutionary idea of printing directly onto apparels, the first printer was founded, named "Revolution".

Since it is a relatively new invention as we're now only in the year of 2017, many companies have since then built upon the idea of DTG and produced magnificent state of the art printers to sell DTG printing.

Some well-known companies are Mimaki & Kornit. Despite all who managed to come up with the best printer, Epson emerged the top, and named to have created the best DTG printer on the surface of Earth in 2014.

Surecolor Epson F2000 Printers

2. DTG printing process (Step-by-step)

How long would you require to print a piece of paper? That's about the simplicity of dtg printing, as mentioned earlier, is like printing on a piece of t-shirt.

If you are printing on white garments, no pre-treatment will be required. However, if you are looking to print on dark garments, pre-treatment is required.

Why is this so? This is because a layer of white ink is required to act as a base for the coloured inks (of your designs) to sit on top of the white layer.

And of course, to prevent the white ink from penetrating the t-shirt, a pre-treatment liquid is applied to bind the t-shirt fabric together allowing the white ink to stay on top of the t-shirt.

Pre-treatment of the t-shirt (Manual)

  • First, place the t-shirt on a flat surface for easy application.
  • Prepare the pre-treatment solution.
  • Carefully spread the pre-treatment liquid on the t-shirts using a brush or spray.
  • Once done, apply a heat transfer paper on top to allow the t-shirt to go under the heat press machine for 35 seconds at 350 degrees to allow the fabric to bind together and complete the pre-treatment process!

Once pre-treated, you can now place the t-shirt onto the Epson DTG printer. Using the software that is applicable directly on your computer, position the design file to the location where you wish to print the design on.

During the process, as mentioned earlier, a white ink layer will be printed first, followed by the colored inks. After 3 minutes, you will have a t-shirt with full image printing with excellent finishing.

The ink is still wet. Therefore, don't forget to apply the heat press machine with a transfer paper in between for 1 minute at 350 degrees. Finish!

If that was too complicated, you can view the video below for visual reference!

3. Advantages & Disadvantages of DTG Printing

To help you make a better choice when deciding on the type of t-shirt printing services, we have also come up with some advantages and disadvantages of dtg printing.

Advantages

  • Print full-coloured designs without any loss of details.
  • Print at affordable prices for small quantities as compared to silk screen printing.
  • Ink is part of the apparel for white garments, and soft touch ink for dark garments, giving it the quality of t-shirts that branded retail shops sell.

Disadvantages

  • Price - Despite being cheaper to print full-colored designs than silk screen printing at lower quantities, it is relatively a more costly method of printing especially for bigger sizes like A4 or A3 sized design.
  • Printing on dark garments will add even more costs. This is because on dark garments, a first layer of white ink has to be printed on the apparel as a base, followed by the actual ink color of the design to give the full image printing effect.
  • Efficiency - Longer than normal bulk silk screen printing as only one machine can print one design at a time.
  • It is not suitable to create individual names or numbers at low cost. For this, you will need vinyl heat transfer printing method.

4. We can provide DTG printing for the following Products from our catalogue.

Apparels

  1. βœ… All T-Shirts
  2. ❌ All Polo T-Shirts
  3. ❌ All Outerwear
  4. ❌ All Singlets & Tank Tops
  5. ❌ All Caps & Hats
  6. ❌ All Corporate Uniforms
  7. ❌ All Workwear
  8. ❌ All Shorts & Pants

Promotional Products

  1. ❌ All Bags
  2. ❌ All Towels
  3. ❌ All Drinkware
  4. ❌ All Lanyards
  5. ❌ All Embroidery Goods
  6. ❌ All Personal Care

5. Recommendations for DTG printing by MeowPrint

DTG printing is recommended for customers who are looking to print full-colored designs with latest technology inkjet onto their apparel.

It is recommended for customers who have small quantities to print these full-colored designs.

The costing does not significantly decrease over large quantity as the set-up costs is pretty much fixed due to the nature of DTG printing.

This is the same as embroidery in terms of costing, although embroidery cost price decrease at higher quantities.

Although the quality of printing may be more appealing to many of our customers, but the price may not be the same case.

If you are working on a budget but wishes to print full-colored designs on your t-shirts, do check out our heat transfer printing method or the custom-made services create cut-&-sew apparels.

It is a much more affordable method of printing and we strongly recommend it.

⭐ Customer Reviews

Still have reservations on our Direct-to-Garment (DTG) printing services? Let our customers' genuine feedback help you!
MeowPrint T-Shirt Printing
4.9
Based on 396 reviews
Excellent service! Great quality t-shirts and very affordable. MeowPrint is now my go-to store for all fabric printing.
Jerome Rotgans
Jerome Rotgans
06:18 10 May 21
Had a pleasant experience w Meowprint. They were rlly accommodating and were willing to resize their masks to better suit the age group of the buyers :) Delivery was speedy too! Rlly appreciate it.
Jasmine Cheah
Jasmine Cheah
01:58 05 May 21
3rd time working with them and the quality is always good and they are very friendly and helpful! Will be happy to do more orders again with them in the future if needed :)
Emily N
Emily N
02:12 04 May 21
Very nice customer service and decent quality in products :) will definitely go with them again next time
Wei Gao
Wei Gao
02:30 03 May 21
Good service and fast collection, 2nd purchase
adah chooi
adah chooi
15:43 30 Apr 21
My first time ordering from MeowPrint and it won't be my last! They are very responsive and patient in dealing with my orders. My orders were ready earlier than the expected date and delivery was very prompt. Overall I'm happy with my purchase! Thank you so much for the excellent service!
Nurfarahin Ahmad
Nurfarahin Ahmad
09:11 26 Apr 21
We booked their services on an urgent basis, they managed to turnaround much earlier than expected. Service was good with printing suggestions and even logo sizing suggestions. Fast and contactable either via email or Whatsapp. T-shirts were decent. Recommended.
Leia Lee
Leia Lee
06:48 26 Apr 21
Very systematic and efficient process working with them! T-shirts are good quality, but 4.5 stars for the embroidery work. Overall, 5 stars :)
Jian Hao Lim
Jian Hao Lim
03:13 26 Apr 21
I was thoroughly impressed by the excellent customer service.They have replied to all my multiple emails not only promptly but also with patience and professionalism.On top of that,the shirts were of great quality.I would most certainly recommend this to anyone in need of a custom made shirt or product!
celeste lian
celeste lian
08:46 25 Apr 21
Good and prompt customer service, end product is good.
Chiang Celvin
Chiang Celvin
02:49 24 Apr 21
Xiao Fen is very responsive. Fast service 👍
Maslindah Sain
Maslindah Sain
10:14 21 Apr 21
Good T-shirts quality for my company. MeowPrint was patient enough to attend to our queries and accommodate to our needs. Price was reasonably cheap considering the production speed and the good services. Definitely will come back if I have any more t-shirts printing to be done.
Alvin Lung
Alvin Lung
00:29 20 Apr 21
So glad I found MeowPrint to help with my customised T-Shirt needs! The selection of shirts and colours was great; I needed it for a sports group, so the dri-fit options were ideal. Printing quality seems really good; first wash was no problem, no signs of fading. Will definitely come back for any other custom t-shirts next time :)
K
K
11:47 15 Apr 21
The team has been so wonderful to work with. From start to end, I was able to produce my custom shirts as how I expected it to be.The website provided great guidelines for me to understand my needs. Placing orders for customisation was promptly followed up by team via email and WhatsApp.The proactive communication gave me great reassurance with the transaction and the final product exceeded my expectations. Quality and work of t-shirts are fantastic, for a great price!Will definitely work with MeowPrint again for my next project. Keep up the great work!
Mar 1998
Mar 1998
10:53 15 Apr 21
Excellent customer service and communication. The product quality is good and production time was very fast. Thanks
Seny S
Seny S
03:15 15 Apr 21
Was recommended by a colleague of mine. Pleasant and smooth process from the very beginning. Price quotation was great and reasonable. Services was also fast and efficient. Overall whole process was smooth and will definitely recommend to my friends and colleagues.
Abdul Hamid
Abdul Hamid
16:31 14 Apr 21
Very professional handling of our patch printing. The final product turns out just like our expectation. Response from the team is fast too. Good experience!
Kaz Quek
Kaz Quek
07:02 12 Apr 21
wonderful service fast and reliable!
Jovan Yeo
Jovan Yeo
16:12 09 Apr 21
purchased windbreakers for my event from here. staff were very helpful and quick to respond to my queries :) reasonable price as well if you are going for bulk order. will definitely recommend!ps would advise if you are ordering windbreaker, to go for A4 printing at the back so it will look nicer!
Enya Tan
Enya Tan
13:54 04 Apr 21
Cecilia Chin
Cecilia Chin
10:07 01 Apr 21
Super efficient and delivered great quality :)
Kulvin Kaur
Kulvin Kaur
09:33 01 Apr 21
MeowPrint T-shirts are fantastic and their Dri-Fit T-shirts are of supreme quality. It does not smell after a long day wearing even after you perspire a lot. They are very comfortable and all the people who wears it have feedback to me that they love the shirts.Do consider making your T-shirts and apparels here! The customization and design was done perfectly and communication with sales person was very smooth.Thank you Xiao Fen from MeowPrint for such good service and wonderful experience!
Zhenshun Lim
Zhenshun Lim
10:24 30 Mar 21
Bloggy 45555
Bloggy 45555
01:55 30 Mar 21
Prompt replies and efficient service, received my orders in only 3 days upon confirmation! Process was also smooth and easy to understand, thank you :)
Joleen Chew
Joleen Chew
04:03 22 Mar 21
Recently ordered customised apron with MeowPrint for my school arts CCA. They work fast and very responsive to enquiries and other matters. The product is really good and the quality is great. I will definitely order again.
Eamon DV
Eamon DV
02:29 19 Mar 21
Great customer service and communication. Would recommend to order early to secure stock for shirts tho.
Edward Tan
Edward Tan
01:22 19 Mar 21
We ordered cotton t-shirts in bulk. The whole process was efficient and the staff were extremely helpful and patient. The shirts are of good quality too, and we are very happy with our purchase!
CF Staff
CF Staff
07:13 18 Mar 21
We have just received our 1st order of T-shirts from MeowPrint. The quality, color were good and sizes matching as indicated. Overall great experience and will order from them again. Thanks MeowPrint!
AIicia Koh
AIicia Koh
07:09 13 Mar 21
4.3 (2021) KWEK JIA YI FAITH
4.3 (2021) KWEK JIA YI FAITH
15:39 12 Mar 21
Fast and efficient of services from the time of placing the order to the time of collection. Instructions from the emails were clear and concise.The bulk was well packaging and the products were good. Whole process was smooth and will recommend to my colleagues should they need.
Lim Noi
Lim Noi
01:50 12 Mar 21
Fast replies and jackets are good quality. Printing felt pretty good and the delivery speed was about 1 week. Transaction was smooth and supplier was clear in instructions and answers.
WANG SIJIE _
WANG SIJIE _
09:45 08 Mar 21
This was our 3rd bulk order with MeowPrint. As with our previous orders, their responses via email were fast with clear and concise communications. Production and delivery of bulk shirt order was also earlier than expected. Highly recommended!
Verve Admin
Verve Admin
17:09 05 Mar 21
Amazing service, fast replies. The shirts are good qualitiy and printing is easy and cheap, recommended!
S2-C LICOBERTO HANEWA HALIM
S2-C LICOBERTO HANEWA HALIM
06:23 05 Mar 21
Good quality work and good service from friendly staff.
Hou Liang
Hou Liang
05:50 05 Mar 21
Thank you for your prompt service! It was easy to navigate your website to get estimated price quotes and you gave prompt replies to all of my enquiries :) Production time was also fast enough, excellent service
ws Law
ws Law
09:57 03 Mar 21
Ng Yu Tyan
Ng Yu Tyan
09:40 02 Mar 21
Great service and quality t shirts at an affordable price!
Chong Yan Fong
Chong Yan Fong
04:26 02 Mar 21
Easy instructions from the team, fast delivery and quality is good! Would definitely return to order more :)
Henry Lim
Henry Lim
01:18 02 Mar 21
Xiao has assisted me through the stresses of a few projects on very short delivery schedules. This one during CNY!! But she kept her cool and delivered beautifully printed Jackets in time! Great Job Xiao!! Thanks!!! See you on the next high stress job!! hehehehe....
Michael
Michael
05:43 26 Feb 21
Second time ordering with MeowPrint, and as usual they did not disappoint. Silkscreen logo printed on our shirts. The shirt is comfortable, and my shirt that's been used for 1.5 years has not shown any signs of wear & tear.Working with Xiao Fen was also a smooth and good experience as she contacted me on Whatsapp to update, on top of emails.Also affordable pricing!
Gelien Chia
Gelien Chia
09:09 25 Feb 21
Excellent service from the beginning. Only quip, would love to see the different sized shirts physically to make decisions instead of relying solely on a size chart. Hope that this can be arranged for future showroom visits!
Lukbondoi Muay Thai
Lukbondoi Muay Thai
07:16 25 Feb 21
S4cred Conn8tion
S4cred Conn8tion
04:10 25 Feb 21
excellent service and quality. the staff was really friendly on the phone and assisted me by resolving any doubts I had
benn chew
benn chew
15:18 24 Feb 21
Overall good experience getting our company tees from Meowprint. Patient with our query and our tees look great! Thank you Meowprint!
Nthirah Haslida
Nthirah Haslida
08:08 23 Feb 21
Nice store, very patient.
Linxin Hou
Linxin Hou
12:29 18 Feb 21
I have engaged them twice and both times, it was a smooth experience. The staff are helpful and there is clear and timely communication.
Joanne Ng
Joanne Ng
10:16 04 Feb 21
The service was excellent. However, for a higher customer rating, it would have been great if Meow Print had provided T-shirt sample sizes to the customers ( without any cost incurred). These will then allow the customer ( in our case young students) to try the sample Tshirts to choose the most fitting T-shirt size. In this instance, we had to place our order based on the measurements template provided by Meow prints. Point to consider?
Zaithoon Ibrahim
Zaithoon Ibrahim
11:20 03 Feb 21
This review came kinda late - printed t-shirts three months ago but till today, the t-shirts are still in great condition even though we wears them almost every day! Awesome quality, super affordable prices, prompt replies and great service from the team :) Self collection was fuss-free too! Definitely will order from them again!
brownie points
brownie points
01:58 30 Jan 21
Marirose Feril
Marirose Feril
08:18 21 Jan 21
Was looking around for a customized tote bag and they have attended to my needs with good recommendations on the size and various type of printing. RJ had helped to resize my artwork accordingly. Happy with their quick around so we are in time for our giveaways.
Vlux Lighting
Vlux Lighting
04:12 18 Jan 21

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