Direct To Garment Printing

Rush order same day tees


Rush order tees or same day printing

One day printing may become the norm rather than the exception. The technology has changed so fast that traditional screen printing might be a process destined for the trash pile.

I will try and list the advantages of direct to garment printing

Environmentaly safe

Most important is that the inks are environmentally friendly.  Direct to Garment inks meet all federal consumer guidelines for children less than 12 years of age. The ink is safe to use in a factory setting which allows employees to work in a factory safe environment.

No minimum order size

Because DTG does not require a separate screen for each color in the design the set up process is very fast and easy to do. The key here is good clean art work. (300 dpi or better)

No limit on colors

Screen printing is limited by the number of colors in the design. Generally small shops only offer four colors. Large shops can offer up to nine colors. The amount of colors in the design increases the cost and print time. Set up time is very expensive for small orders.

Direct to Garment there is no limit on colors. The process is the same as a ink jet color printer. This changes the game plan for DTG companies. They can actually do as little as one piece orders. This is not the norm but it can be done.

Design detail

Design detail is always suspect with screen printing. Because the mechanical process of making screens for a design some of the detail will be lost. DTG printing is always photo quality. With DTG the computer does the work and the detail is always better.


DTG printed shirts will hold up as long as screen printed one. We even believe they will last longer than screen printed shirts.

Print on demand

Once the design is set in the computer it is always available to call up for repeat orders with no set up charges. Screen printing always has a charge for repeat orders.



About Erik Mickelson

Erik Mickelson is the author of Northwest Custom Apparel's blogs. Erik has been with Northwest Custom Apparel since 1996 after graduating from Washington State University and is the founder of the Apparel Graphic Academy. Trained by the custom graphic apparel industry's best, Mark Venit, Erik brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the Embroidery Adventure blog. As they say, 'Experience is the best teacher.' We are proud to have Erik as part of our team!

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