What is direct to garment printing?

Is it just putting ink directly onto an item of clothing? What sets it apart from any other form of printing then?

Also referred to as DTG and inkjet-to-garment printing, Direct To Garment is the printing of digital images from a computer onto a shirt or other garment through the use of an inkjet printer. And while the name may seem vague, the advantages, disadvantages and ideal uses for DTG are quite specific. Read on to see how it works and whether your project is right for DTG.

How it Works

DTG is less complicated than most think. Capture your image (High Quality is best) and easily print on something as soft as a shirt or sweater. The best way to think of DTG is like at-home printing from your computer, except that the paper is replaced with a shirt. Like your at-home printer, DTG printers do not need to be set up for individual jobs and can render millions of colors.

DTG Pricing

No Set Up Fees! Tshirt Choices Included: AAA 1901 / Anvil 780 / Next Level 3600

Benefits of DTG:

  • No setup costs
  • Allows for small orders to be printed at a reasonable price
  • Can print extremely detailed images
  • Does not charge by the color, making full-color printing affordable
  • Ink binds directly to fibers so it feels more like it’s part of the fabric

Printing Jobs DTG Is Used For:

  • Low quantities
  • Detailed designs with gradients, shading, or many colors

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White or Light (no underbase)
1st Standard Print SAMPLE 2 to 6 7 to 11 12 to 23 24-35 36-99 100+
12x12 $30.00 $20.00 $17.50 $12.00 $10.00 $9.00 $8.00
14x16 $35.00 $22.00 $19.50 $14.00 $12.00 $11.00 $10.00
16x20 $40.00 $24.00 $23.00 $17.50 $15.50 $14.50 $13.50
Additional Print
4x4 $7.50 $5.00 $4.00 $3.00 $3.00 $3.00 $3.00
12x12 $10.00 $6.00 $6.00 $5.00 $5.00 $5.00 $4.00
Colors (double underbase)
1st Standard Print SAMPLE 2 to 6 7 to 11 12 to 23 24-35 36-99 100+
12x12 $40.00 $25.00 $22.50 $20.00 $18.00 $17.00 $16.00
14x16 $45.00 $28.50 $26.00 $23.50 $21.50 $20.00 $18.50
16x20 $50.00 $30.00 $27.00 $24.50 $22.50 $21.50 $20.00
Additional Print
4x4 $10.00 $6.00 $5.00 $5.00 $5.00 $5.00 $4.00
12x12 $15.00 $10.00 $8.00 $8.00 $8.00 $7.00 $6.00

Additional Costs

  • Add $15 per image size change
  • Add $2 each to pretreat to light garments for color pop
  • Add $3 for printing on sleeves, pockets, side prints, over seams and baby garments on dark
  • Subtract $3 for provided garments. Client must provide extras we are not responsible for replacement or misprints on provided items.
  • Price is based on 1 design per quantity.