Direct to Garment Printing Services | UK DTG Printer

Direct to Garment

DTG Printing Services

The Direct to Garment printing process has been around for about a decade now and it's making developments all the time, in new inks and printers to produce digital prints on to T-shirts and other items. DTG produces a similar end result to screen printing, but the print is produced by an ink jet printer, directly on to the T-shirt. Which can print both white and CMYK fabric inks to produce all most any full colour or photographic image.

The DTG print has virtually no feel on white T-shirts and produces a perfectly soft finish, on colour shirts the finish is similar to screen printing but not quite as thick. There is also no minimum order with DTG printing so you can order as little as one T-shirt.

The process

Artwork for DTG printing can be printed directly from the digital file, if it supplied in the correct resolution and format. Some small alterations may be required, such as removing the background to print the design on a colour T-shirt and where possible we will do that free of charge

Once the artwork has been prepared, we send that file to the machine to be printed. The T-shirt is flattened on a heat press and loaded in to box which is then fed in to the printer. If we are printing on a colour T-shirt, the printer will print the design in white ink first, this will give the other colours a boost when they are applied later. Then the T-shirt will go in again to print the final full colour design on top, much like your home ink jet printer would.

Full colour A3 print on white garments

1 10 25 50 100+
First print £8.00 £4.50 £4.00 £3.50 £3.00
Extra prints £4.00 £3.00 £2.50 £2.00 £1.50

Full colour A3 print on colour garments

1 10 25 50 100+
First print £10.00 £6.00 £5.50 £5.00 £4.50
Extra prints £5.50 £4.50 £4.00 £3.50 £3.00
  • DTG is only suitable for cotton based garments.
  • Prices based on an A3 size print
  • All prices exclude VAT and garment price.

DTG is great for smaller runs of less than 50 units, for larger orders screen printing may be more cost effective.



Advantages and limitations

Direct to garment printing is fully photographic, so it's excellent for full colour designs with a lot of gradients, giving a perfectly smooth colour transition. The print process on white T-shirts is different to on colour T-shirts. For colour t-shirts we print a thicker white underbase, which gives the print some 'feel' similar to screen print. On white T-shirts there is virtually no feel to the print, as there is no white ink and the colour just sinks in to the T-shirt. DTG is most cost effective in shorter runs of up to 50 units, due to having no set up costs.



Popular products

Below are some of the most popular garments for Direct to Garment printing, this process requires a relatively smooth print surface and has the very best results on T-shirts, but smoother sweatshirts also work well. T-shirts should be 100% cotton where possible, to work for DTG print. The sweatshirts we use are 80% cotton and 20% poly, as there needs to be small amount of polyester in these garments for the desired soft, fleece effect.