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

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 Printer
Surecolor Epson F2000 Printer

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. ✅ 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) Services? Let our customers' genuine feedback help you!
MeowPrint T-Shirt Printing
4.9
Based on 334 reviews
Love how efficient and prompt these guys are at Meowprint! Solid service!
Lim Yao Peng
Lim Yao Peng
00:25 24 Nov 20
They are very kind with us and they have a lot of patience when they are helping us to search for product details and materials too.Very good, will recommend to friend and possibly next round! :D
Kang Tianqi
Kang Tianqi
04:07 23 Nov 20
Team is extremely friendly and got the orders done quickly!
Charlotte Lee
Charlotte Lee
10:00 20 Nov 20
The experience with MeowPrint was amazing. Communication was seamless through email with Janice (shoutout to her). They went through everything in detail before execution. The quality of the T-shirt is wonderful at an affordable price. I would recommend others to try them out!
Kangwei
Kangwei
10:17 18 Nov 20
Our company has been ordering from Meowprint for our company's corporate polo tees. This is our second order with them. Amelia has been wonderful in her customer service. Very helpful and friendly lady. Response in replies and time from order to collection is fast too. Just received our latest order last week. Everything was great! Will be back again for our third order when we need more company polo tees. Thanks!
Serene Lim
Serene Lim
08:25 17 Nov 20
Ordered tote bags for a school activity. Very good thick quality and fast delivery too. Was also accommodating to my requests. Recommended!
Nadiah Ml
Nadiah Ml
23:58 16 Nov 20
Ordered 25 tshirts and it came within the week!Design is good and will be back again.
Seriously Awesome
Seriously Awesome
06:05 13 Nov 20
Fast and prompt response during working days, nice quality of clothes. Design looks the same as the one suggested.
zi heng
zi heng
06:46 11 Nov 20
Fast response and friendly customer service. Would engage them to print our uniform again when require. Already recommend to my friends.
Fiona Pang
Fiona Pang
00:57 09 Nov 20
It was a straightforward and fuss-free experience.The turnaround time for the order is pretty quick and the staff is very helpful with all the enquiries, from the design, colours, mock-up to the actual embroidery designs. Highly recommend
WeiQi Chen
WeiQi Chen
08:25 06 Nov 20
MeowPrint is easy to work with. they even show a initial actual real sample before mass produce. Very please surely!!!
BRT Mktg
BRT Mktg
05:48 06 Nov 20
Quick,efficient and hassle free way to get my customized face mask for event. Would recommend them to anyone who is looking for such services. Keep up the excellent job.
Muhd Arifin Bin Yussup
Muhd Arifin Bin Yussup
04:55 06 Nov 20
The response was prompt and support was good. One minor hiccup was that after agreement, they realize shortage of certain colour and size polo-T and we have no choice but to accommodate. I feel this can be coordinated better within their organisation.
Wee Liang Lien
Wee Liang Lien
03:32 06 Nov 20
I bought some tote bags for my business and they are perfect. Clients love the bags. MeowPrint service is excellent, I went to their showroom (remember to book an appoitment), I chose the bags, asked for the quotation, and less than 5 days later I received everything. For sure, I will keep them as my prefer supplier!
Maria Rauzi
Maria Rauzi
03:15 06 Nov 20
Fast, efficient and hassle free! Fast replies also and were able to answer any questions I had regarding the product. Highly recommended!
Nursabrina Rafiqah Binte Abdul Rashid
Nursabrina Rafiqah Binte Abdul Rashid
01:19 22 Oct 20
Printed T-shirts with MeowPrint for many times! Good quality, cheap and awesome service! :)
Adeline Han
Adeline Han
14:00 19 Oct 20
Bought 110 masks from them. Customisation was easy and support was there without much delay. It was a joy doing business with you!
Jun Kaih Wong
Jun Kaih Wong
15:29 13 Oct 20
The experience with MeowPrint was great! Their sales representative was very friendly, from enquiry to order placement all process was smooth, . And most importantly, the final products are great too! Thanks and we'll come back again for sure!
darren.t
darren.t
01:38 12 Oct 20
Placed an order for tote bags with customized printing. The process is easy and they will ensure that the picture file sent in is clear enough to print. Due to administrative processes, they are patient and willing to accommodate to certain requests made. Communication is clear and fuss -free through WhatsApp. I am impressed with the turnout of the product. Thank you!
Evon Ng
Evon Ng
08:49 09 Oct 20
Everything went 👍🏻70pcs of Polo T-shirt + 3”x3” embroidered logo.Thought the discussion took me a long time but they are very patient and willing to wait for our final logo!Thanks Janice for all your assistance from the very beginning.
Brendan Sim
Brendan Sim
03:18 09 Oct 20
Glad that I engaged the service provide by MeowPrint T-Shirt Printing! I have zero understanding on fabric material and had a dateline for my project on customized mask, but thanks to MeowPrint's team for the extreme help to pick the right material, size, and type for my reusable mask project. Really appreciate their effort to make my project dream come through!
Sherry Sherqueshaa C
Sherry Sherqueshaa C
09:47 08 Oct 20
A good quality of material & affordable price for customised mask.. Highly recommended!
Aliyah Asri0806
Aliyah Asri0806
00:17 08 Oct 20
Very friendly staff. And they will try their very best to accommodate my request. And we love their material.
Khairunnisa Jumain
Khairunnisa Jumain
02:05 02 Oct 20
Custom printed reusuable masks with MeowPrint. Service staff and communication is prompt and helpful. Delivery is timely. Most importantly, quality of mask is good with reasonable price. Value for money choice.
Dennis Lim
Dennis Lim
10:21 11 Sep 20
great service and good quality, very happy with the final result!
Greg Thom
Greg Thom
14:52 09 Sep 20
Great working with MeowPrint! Would definitely purchase t-shirts from them again.
Admin Codefolio
Admin Codefolio
08:37 09 Sep 20
Super easy to coordinate and order with MeowPrints! Will order again with them! :-)
NG WEE LYNN SHERYLL _
NG WEE LYNN SHERYLL _
03:56 09 Sep 20
Speedy service and they were as accommodating as possible to all the request for customization. Products were of good quality! Highly recommend
Abigail Lim
Abigail Lim
09:53 04 Sep 20
Appreciate the service provided by the team, particularly Janice, to ensure that the customized masks reached on time for Teacher's Day, despite a relatively late order.
su_ 123
su_ 123
04:44 01 Sep 20
excellent customer service; flexible and very patient. product of the orders turned out better than expected for the price (quality was great). best t shirt printing service ive come upon so far, definitely would order from them again :)
03 csen2
03 csen2
15:11 27 Aug 20
Amazing service and fast replies! Highly recommend!
Shervyn Eng
Shervyn Eng
09:32 12 Aug 20
Xiao Fen is wonderful and very helpful. The turnaround time is very quick and the shirts I wanted came out perfect! I highly recommend MeowPrint!
Rachel Ho
Rachel Ho
06:52 07 Aug 20
Responsive supplier. Items ready in a week. Quality is not bad.
Joseph Chua
Joseph Chua
05:49 07 Aug 20
Ordering process was quick and easy with the friendly staff at MeowPrint!
Alia Dobles
Alia Dobles
11:12 06 Aug 20
Excellent customer service by Xiaofen who is prompt and patient with her replies!
Lionel Lee
Lionel Lee
07:56 06 Aug 20
Loved working with Meow Print, especially with their excellent customer service that responds fast and do their best to help me out. Product came out just the way as planned with great accuracy. Hope to work with you again on a new product.
Wazir Ahmed
Wazir Ahmed
06:36 06 Aug 20
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tay tay
05:33 01 Aug 20
Mee Ling Moo
Mee Ling Moo
13:19 27 Jul 20
Highly recommended for their service and quality. Good pricing too.
Senze Instruments
Senze Instruments
01:12 20 Jul 20
Super fuss-free experience. Their website has all the information you need to choose the right shirt for your needs - great range of cotton shirt to choose from.Prices are also transparent. They clearly state the price of printing so I feel assured I’m not being overcharged. Bulk printing is cheaper too, but even when I ordered 30 shirts it came at a really affordable price.Ordered the Gildan Premium Cotton Tee in Heather Grey. Super soft cotton tee, not too stiff or thick like the standard ones you get at other tee printing shops. So loved that I got to choose the quality of cotton tee.Printed logo came out great too! A4 size single colour print was sufficient to fill the shirt nicely!
Amanda Tay
Amanda Tay
15:57 13 Jul 20
Very easy to deal with! Replies were prompt and the company was very helpful with catering to my requests and enquiries.
Lim Kai Jun
Lim Kai Jun
13:36 13 Jul 20
Just Jaz
Just Jaz
08:58 11 Jul 20
Great customer service from Xiaofen and very good quality shirts.
Reyes Ng Boon Leng
Reyes Ng Boon Leng
08:01 02 Jul 20
Fast and efficient service. Quality of the dri-fit t-shirt is good. Price very reasonable.
Edison Ho
Edison Ho
12:16 01 Jul 20
Mohamed Ashik
Mohamed Ashik
09:35 30 Jun 20
Fast replies! Very efficient and easy to deal with. Thank you for the very good service!
Umar Sabri
Umar Sabri
08:13 25 Jun 20
Great experience - a small mistake in the sample but they quickly rectified and delivery was not affected. Thank you to Xiao Fen for the quick follow up! Appreciate your help :)
Li Tong Low
Li Tong Low
08:11 24 Jun 20
Great customer service by Janice! Good quality print and quality of shirt also
Social Distancing
Social Distancing
12:10 23 Jun 20
Pakshalikhaa Reddy
Pakshalikhaa Reddy
04:14 17 Jun 20
Im happy with the quality of the t-shirt.The overalls experience was completed smoothly during Circuit Breaker period from enquiry to collection of finished product.The email correspondence was fast and informatics. I will come back for the next printing. Thank you very much.
Vincent Chai
Vincent Chai
11:13 12 Jun 20

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