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.

6. Recent Projects of Direct-to-Garment printed apparels

Recent projects of DTG printing will be provided soon!

⭐ 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 312 reviews
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
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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
Trena Tan
Trena Tan
01:58 12 Jun 20
Best customer service staff name ( Xiao Fen) for guiding us the best and suitable material for us and helping us find the correct font for our printing.Strongly recommend MeowPrint T Shirt Printing to everyone, they are sincere, reliable,Wonderful service! Will order again from them 👍👍👍
Zen Ng
Zen Ng
07:09 10 Jun 20
Madhumita Thiruppathi
Madhumita Thiruppathi
10:11 09 Jun 20
Aik Min Ng
Aik Min Ng
07:04 09 Jun 20
Our 2nd time getting our company polos from MeowPrint. As good as the 1st!
James Chia
James Chia
11:34 08 Jun 20
3rd time our company has made staff t-shirts from MeowPrint and we love it more each time! White, ash grey and my favourite colour is the latest royal blue! Very comfy and durable – we wear them every day and they are still holding up well. Definitely value for money. Great service from Xiao Fen too 🙂 Thanks a lot!
Tyran T Rex
Tyran T Rex
04:53 08 Jun 20
Really efficient staff and satisfied with products!
Clamus Pang
Clamus Pang
09:15 23 May 20
Antuny Chua
Antuny Chua
04:19 22 May 20
eden cube
eden cube
06:32 20 May 20
Very good and fast printing service!
Xs Tang
Xs Tang
05:29 18 May 20
Fast response even during the CB (Circuit Breaker…) period! Especially Xiao Fen who replied almost within the hour and helped with the design and suggestions. This vendor is a keeper!!
Sing Choon Wong
Sing Choon Wong
03:04 13 May 20
Helpful in taking our orders and attending to our urgency. Thank you for the kindness too!
Eddie Tan
Eddie Tan
04:25 27 Apr 20
We highly recommend MeowPrint for your corporate uniform needs. The staff was responsive and efficient throughout our ordering process and we did not have to wait very long or chase for replies. The pricing of their polo tees with embroidery is also very reasonable and value-for-money. Thank you, MeowPrint!
Christine Mah
Christine Mah
03:02 24 Apr 20
The price for Polo Tee Printing from Meow Print is reasonable.The material and colour of the shirt look exactly the same as the catalogue.I would like to Special commenting Xiao Fen , the sales representative. She have been very patience and helpful from the start till the shirts are handed over to the customer.Will return for more tshirt printing .
Guo Liang Chong
Guo Liang Chong
07:38 23 Apr 20
Xiao Fen provided prompt and helpful tips during the ordering process. As I was pressed for the order, Meow Print produced and delivered the order earlier than the expected time. Thank you, Meow Print team!
Vincent Natasha
Vincent Natasha
04:48 23 Apr 20
Very good service and fast response. Even provided better resolution artwork for our t shirt design. 5 stars!
Danial Suhaimi
Danial Suhaimi
04:49 10 Apr 20
I had an amazing and incredible experience with MeowPrint. The customer service was done excellently and the production of the hoodies was completed within a day! The job was done and the quality is superb. I totally recommend going through MeowPrint for your custom T-shirt printing!
Alexandre LOO
Alexandre LOO
14:28 06 Apr 20
Ordering and production was fast and service was friendly 😃😃😃
hui min
hui min
05:51 31 Mar 20
Fuss-free and pleasant experience dealing with Meow Print! High quality prints for an affordable price. Would recommend 🙂
sarah
sarah
06:59 30 Mar 20
Bella Luna
Bella Luna
00:33 26 Mar 20
Printing and apparels quality were good and overall satisfied with the services provided.
Cher Ting
Cher Ting
06:01 24 Mar 20
Amazing and friendly customer service. Was very patient as i gathered up the information needed for the shirts and was easy to discuss with. Fast responder and completed the shirts on time. The shirts have great, clear printing and is made of good quality, overall great experience with them.
Leena Aw
Leena Aw
03:51 23 Mar 20
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rebecca teo
03:51 17 Mar 20

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