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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.

  1. ✅ All T-Shirts
  2. ❌ All Polo T-Shirts
  3. ❌ All Outerwear
  4. ❌ All Singlets & Tank Tops
  5. ❌ All Caps & Hats
  6. ❌ All Bags
  7. ❌ All Towels
  8. ❌ All Corporate Uniforms
  9. ❌ All Workwear
  10. ❌ All Shorts & Pants

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 provided us with a fuss-free experience in printing our company polo tee. The staffs are really helpful in helping us along the process and the turnover time was really fast! We are really happy with the polo tee, thank you Meowprint!
Carmentix Singapore
Carmentix Singapore
09:49 09 May 19
Very Good tshirt printing supplier. Very reliable and good quality. Everything was done smoothly and well. Recommended:)
Hisyam Hisyam
Hisyam Hisyam
09:45 03 May 19
Highly responsive, efficient and great service. Immediately rectified with new stock after receiving our feedback about damaged piece. (y)
Pauline Ochura
Pauline Ochura
06:29 15 Apr 19
Xiao Fen was so prompt in getting back to me and also very patient with my indecision at the showroom… finally when the delivery came with the finish product, it was really well done… far exceeded my expections and the quality of the shirt together with the embroidery and print were the best to date. Will definitely be a returning customer… even the custom wind breaker is awesome. Worth every penny spent.
Stacey
Stacey
14:30 04 Apr 19
First time ordering with MeowPrint and it was a pleasant experience with prompt response from Xiao Fen whenever there are queries on my end. Was happy with the shirts quality and definitely will keep MeowPrint in mind for the future! 🙂
Jian Ler Lee
Jian Ler Lee
09:45 04 Apr 19
It was very pleasant and smooth process for me to be able to have the design i wanted in my customize T-shirt. They provide a great service and will show a digital layout before they did anything. Thank you for making my family wishes come true. Definitely recommended and will order again for the future.
Zati Izzati kEcHiKz
Zati Izzati kEcHiKz
02:51 27 Mar 19
It was a very pleasant experience printing my department’s T-shirts at MeowPrint. Xiao Fen is always super prompt in answering queries and satisfying the paper work for my organization’s administrative needs. Last but not least, on top of the beautifully printed T-shirts, thank you for the thoughtful Chinese New Year cookies.
Hsin Yee Teh
Hsin Yee Teh
03:52 29 Jan 19
Took the time to clarify and review the changes made (and there were many). However, could improve on the time between replies though. Overall a wonderful experience and very finacially friendly. Thank you for the wonderful shirts!
Benjamin Ng
Benjamin Ng
15:14 24 Jan 19

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