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

πŸ’‘ Looking to Print Photo Quality Designs? Learn About DTG Printing in 2022
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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
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Based on 451 reviews
Xiao Fen was extremely patient and prompt throughout my communication with her! She provided suggestions and advices and my products came out extremely nicely!
Carin Tang
Carin Tang
01:56 18 Jan 22
Nizam Khal
Nizam Khal
15:39 11 Jan 22
Nice staff & prompt replies. Got the customised shirts for a company event. Everyone loved the design and material.Good job!!
RGDX
RGDX
07:18 05 Jan 22
Very prompt and detailed replies, super patient as well!
Tan En Ting
Tan En Ting
18:57 30 Dec 21
I came across MeowPrint in 2020. And I was happy to know MeowPrint prints t-shirt too. And we tried, they have one of the best quality in town and at a very affordable price. Thank You, MeowPrint.
Cheryl Tan
Cheryl Tan
03:07 27 Dec 21
Very fast and efficient. The quality of the jacket is great too:)
Christine Tan
Christine Tan
09:15 23 Dec 21
Fast and swift process on ordering to delivery.
Cassandra Sam
Cassandra Sam
03:21 23 Dec 21
Affordable customised printing!
Benjamin Ng
Benjamin Ng
11:31 22 Dec 21
Seng Ra
Seng Ra
11:27 20 Dec 21
I ordered the sports towel with carabiner in mesh bag. I'm extremely happy with how it turned out. The material of the towel is good. Meowprint communicated very consistently, and efficiently while finalizing the details of the printing, especially Xiao Fen! Will definitely use them again in the future
Zoei Zhang
Zoei Zhang
09:55 20 Dec 21
Ordered customised towels from MeowPrint. The customer service was prompt and clear with the requirements. Quality of towel and embroidery are good as well.
Jan Tan
Jan Tan
09:38 18 Dec 21
Great and prompt service from Meowprint even during the pandemic. Very impressed !
Daniel Boay
Daniel Boay
10:28 17 Dec 21
Xiao Fen was really professional and patient throughout our correspondence. The quality of the jackets ordered were great and the prices offered were competitive. Definitely recommend MeowPrint if you want to order customised items :)
WONG SI NING DELORES _
WONG SI NING DELORES _
07:53 17 Dec 21
Jiaqi Shen
Jiaqi Shen
17:10 16 Dec 21
Fuss free and swift process to get my order done within 1 week. We get to choose the clothing material and MeowPrint explained in detail the requirements for the printing which makes it straight forward and easy for customers to follow. The print is good and as what we requested.Thank you Xiao Fen for the quick turnaround.
Winson Peh
Winson Peh
08:32 15 Dec 21
Smooth process from start to finish. Very helpful and responsive with all queries. Will use their service again!
Kashfi Qadri
Kashfi Qadri
08:27 15 Dec 21
Their customer service was very prompt and helpful! The tote bags I ordered were also good quality and the printing was clear, would order from them again!
Lim PH
Lim PH
08:05 15 Dec 21
Very understanding and patient. Even though some items were out of stock, they were quick and willing to exchange with something else. Quality of the shirts are good too.
Ashley Wong
Ashley Wong
10:20 14 Dec 21
CY Ng
CY Ng
07:47 09 Dec 21
Quick replies, efficient, and very communicative vendors. It was a pleasant experience working with Meowprints :)
Sonja Lam
Sonja Lam
08:09 02 Dec 21
Service was good and end product delivered was up to expectations. Will be ordering again.
Linda Tan
Linda Tan
03:42 02 Dec 21
Nazif Zainal
Nazif Zainal
09:55 01 Dec 21
very attentive and helpful. meet our requirements and exceed expectation.
JIM Q
JIM Q
05:14 30 Nov 21
Janice is super helpful and nice, and replies enquiries quickly too. The jacket quality is super good, all the youths love their jacket! And the best part is the price is super affordable. Can’t wait to receive the camp shirt order. 😊
jermaine lim
jermaine lim
02:55 29 Nov 21
Pleasant experience ordering T-shirts from Meowprint! Staff I was liaising with via email was very patient and highly accommodative, and replies were very fast. Upon confirmation of order, shirts were done in a week as promised on their website! Tshirts were of comfortable material, and printing was done well!
olivia
olivia
00:38 26 Nov 21
Meowprints has provided an amazing service, from helping me give feedback on the Tote Bag to the production and manufacturing of bags. The delivery was carried out smoothly as well. Thank you Janice & team, have been receiving compliments about my Tote bag!!
thiviya shannon
thiviya shannon
05:50 24 Nov 21
We love the customised products by MeowPrint. Prompt response. Pleasure experience to working with MeowPrint team.
Poh Yee
Poh Yee
04:51 24 Nov 21
the orders are all good quality. embroidery prints are awesome. easy to make the orders. xiao fen did well with my orders. Good job. Will come back with more orders soon
muhammad firdaus
muhammad firdaus
03:23 22 Nov 21
Amazing and prompt service from start to the finish product. Highly recommended if u wanna print shirts
Wayne Fong
Wayne Fong
09:41 15 Nov 21
Placing the order and collection was fuss-free. Was informed of what could and could not be done for the design so I could make the necessary amendments. Product turned out just as required. 👍
Jovan Chieng Kwok Sheng
Jovan Chieng Kwok Sheng
07:29 05 Nov 21
Fast delivery and production
Linus Lian
Linus Lian
02:55 23 Oct 21
It was a breeze in communicating with MeowPrint & XiaoFen in our corporate embroidered logo polo shirts. The quality of the polo shirts are good and very comfortable to wear. Service is good!
Kathleen Soh
Kathleen Soh
01:58 07 Oct 21
Customer service is very prompt in replies and friendly! Managed to receive my shirt (bulk) order in a week and delivery was fast. Overall, had a pleasant experience with MeowPrint :)
Ooi Cindy
Ooi Cindy
10:28 04 Oct 21
2nd purchase with Meowprint, hassle free transaction, fast response. Thanks Xiao Fen for handling my order.
Candy Tsc
Candy Tsc
01:47 16 Sep 21
Fuss free transaction and easy communication to place my order. Would be extra bonus if they order can offer free delivery! Overall, good experience!
Jamie Lin
Jamie Lin
09:54 09 Sep 21
Fast and responsive! Team delivered my orders as promised. will definitely engage them again.
RIFF SUANDI
RIFF SUANDI
02:57 08 Sep 21
The supplier was very efficient with the production and truly went the extra mile to meet our needs! We are thankful for their great service and would definitely work with them again:)
2021 TRENA LEE YI JIN
2021 TRENA LEE YI JIN
08:34 03 Sep 21
Zhu Bolin
Zhu Bolin
10:10 01 Sep 21
Great service by Xiao Fen with fast turnaround time and great communication. We had an urgent order and MeowPrint helped expedite the process. Highly recommend!
Yiling Tan
Yiling Tan
06:55 23 Aug 21
Ordering was a breeze!I received the order on the 7th day after payment.Quality of the embroidery and polo tee is good.Will definitely use MeowPrint again in future.
Daniel Tang
Daniel Tang
08:25 20 Aug 21
Amazing experience and super good quality print! Thank you for the prompt replies and being really helpful
TopnotchClothing SG
TopnotchClothing SG
14:28 17 Aug 21
Quick printing and fast response
Shxynx
Shxynx
08:07 12 Aug 21
Fast and smooth transaction. Quality products. Excellent service. Thank you!
Nur Zawani Mion
Nur Zawani Mion
04:29 12 Aug 21
Ordered customised patches for my team and the process was very smooth from the beginning. The items were also of good quality. Recommended! Thank you so much :)
Edry Mirza
Edry Mirza
09:00 02 Aug 21
Choo Shengze
Choo Shengze
06:32 27 Jul 21
Trusted company that stays to their statement. I had printed two different products so far and they provided the best quality, affordable prices, fast lead-time & the best customer experience.
Benjamin Galistan
Benjamin Galistan
19:42 24 Jul 21
MeowPrint was very responsive, clear and easy to work with. They provide clear updates throughout the process and provide many opportunities and even go out of the way to ensure that the design is exactly how we want it. The quality of embroidery is quite amazing and the jacket is also good.
plipplup
plipplup
09:20 23 Jul 21
Just ordered customize masks and received it on target date on time.. very efficient service.. Prompt replies and the masks are of great quality.. Very much recommended great service overall..
Claire Jamir
Claire Jamir
04:15 23 Jul 21
2nd time ordering from them.1. Quick lead time2. Affordable3. Incredible prints & embroidery. Even after many machine washes and dryer, color won't run out.4. Professional customer service and experience.
Ryan Law
Ryan Law
04:02 19 Jul 21
FAST DELIVERY
Leader Engineering
Leader Engineering
09:33 16 Jul 21

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