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Direct to Garment Printing (DTG Printing)
We keep things simple, just select the quantity you need below, and our experienced team will ensure you get the appropriate print method for your order.
If you have print expertise and do require a specific print method to be used, you’ll find details on how to do this & more information here. If you’d like to learn more about DTG printing, read on.
We use some of the most advanced DTG print technology in Europe, ensuring minimal wastage and optimal production efficiency.
With water-based NeoPigment™ ink, we're able to deliver prints that are non-toxic and biodegradable.
Our waterless printing system, the biodegradable ink and energy saving processes means you can ensure stunning printed t-shirts that don’t cost the earth.
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If you’re looking to print a design with lots of colours, or just require a small number of products; Direct to Garment printing, otherwise known as DTG, is likely to be the most economical process for you.
DTG printing explained
What is DTG printing?
Direct to Garment printing is a relatively new technology that makes it possible for us to print T-shirts and other clothing products with an unlimited amount of colours and designs.
Despite being fairly new, high specification DTG machines are able to produce print work that’s on par with (or better than) traditional screen printing.
With no minimum order and a lot of flexibility, this is ideal for those with highly detailed design work (like photographs), or those requiring small order volumes.
How does DTG printing work
All direct to garment printers are descendants of the desktop inkjet printer and work in a very similar way. However, they are much larger and print directly onto the garments.
The ink is embedded into the fabrics, providing a finish that is typically softer than other print methods, and that cannot crack or peel off.
This is ideal for small runs and has a fast turnaround time with no setup costs.
DTG printing feel
You can expect a soft to touch finish with DTG printing, as the water-based inks sit within the fabric rather than on top of it. This ensures increased durability, making DTG ideal for merchandise and retail products.
When printing onto dark colours with DTG, a base coat is required. For this reason, the print may feel slightly raised when compared to an identical print on a white garment.
If you have a design with just a few colours and need over 50 prints of that same design, it may be more economical to use screen printing. But don’t worry, if you’re not sure which is best, our expert team will be able to help guide you to the best process for your order.
How much does it cost to DTG? Is it expensive?
If you’re ordering less than 100 items, DTG is likely the most economical print method you can choose. With prices coming in much lower than traditional print methods like screen printing and quality to match, DTG is often the best choice.
The price for a DTG printed T-shirt can be as low as £5.20, with all production undertaken here in our UK DTG printing facilities.
Not sure if DTG printing is right for you, or need some support? Get in touch with one of our experts.
Not sure if we're right for you? Take a look at some of our recent customers and what they had to say here.
You can also find out more on what makes us a little bit better than your average DTG printer here.
Not sure what format your artwork needs to be in for DTG Printing? Find out more here.
Need some design advice? Our Design Resources section is filled with lots of tips and tricks.
Don’t worry, we make things easy. Our team of experts will select the most appropriate print method for your logo or design (unless specified otherwise). Shop Now.
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Products That Can Be DTG Printed
DTG printing works best on products with a high percentage of cotton. For the best results, we advise opting to print onto products with at least 70% cotton.
We can DTG print onto a wide range of clothing items, however, our most popular products include the following:
DTG printing pros and cons - is DTG right for you?
Not sure if DTG printed T-shirts are right for you? The table below provides a brief overview of the pros and cons of DTG compared to other production methods.
|Economical on smaller volumes||Not as economical on bulk volume orders|
|Lasting finish that won’t crack or peel||Cannot Pantone match colours|
|Inks that don’t fade easily||Fewer print location options|
|Printed in the UK||Only works on items with a high % of cotton|
|Highest retail quality|
|Eco-friendly inks & low waste process|
Is DTG eco friendly?
We use some of the most advanced and environmentally-friendly print technology available in Europe. We use top of the range Kornit Atlas and Kornit Avalanche HD6 printers.
The water-based NeoPigment™ inks are absolutely free of heavy metals, formaldehyde and Alkylphenol Ethoxylates (APE), making them non-hazardous, non-toxic and biodegradable. Our waterless printing system, biodegradable ink and energy-saving process make our DTG printing services one of the best options for eco-conscious brands.
While our DTG inks are water-based through pioneering technology, our DTG printing is significantly less water-intensive than other print processes, with zero water wastage.
Behind the scenes
You can get a behind the scenes look at all of our market leading print technology in the video below.
Why DTG Print with A.M. Custom Clothing?
No minimum order, huge capacity
No matter how big or small your business is, we can help. We have no minimum order if you order DTG printed T-shirts through our online shop and the capacity to print thousands of products daily. Our UK and European print facilities ensure fast turnaround times no matter where you are in the world.
Exceptional DTG Print Quality
Not all prints are born equal. With machinery varying from ones that cost a few hundred pounds to those that are worth hundreds of thousands of pounds, it’s not surprising that there can be huge quality differences between different DTG prints.
Quality is often dependent on technology. This is why we use some of the leading DTG print technology available in Europe, ensuring unrivalled precision and quality. Your brand is everything and first impressions count, so when it comes to your printed clothing, don’t settle for second best.
We’ve been regarded by Digital Arts Magazine as one of the “Best places for T-shirt printing“ & by Forbes Magazine as "The go-to supplier for ethical and environmentally sound custom clothing & branded uniforms."
Lightning-fast quotes and easy online ordering
Ordering DTG printed T-shirts online shouldn’t be hard. Yet it often is, with confusing setup fees and minimum orders, combined with antiquated quoting systems, slowing everything down.
We’re all about making things as simple as possible. Thanks to our pioneering technology, we’ll have a bulk order quote in your inbox within seconds. Alternatively, if you’re looking to make a small order, our online shop has everything you need to purchase your custom DTG printed T-shirts.
With A.M. Custom Clothing, ordering DTG T-shirts has never been easier.
Every order checked & great customer service
While our process may feel a little automated, there’s lots going on behind the scenes.
Unlike others, your online order doesn’t just go straight from your cart to our printers, every order is checked by a graphic designer and print expert.
This ensures that your artwork files are print-ready and everything runs smoothly. If we think there is anything wrong or that it won't come out well, we'll get in touch with you before anything goes to print.
This means that we won't print your custom printed clothing until you’re happy with it.
On bulk orders you’ll be assigned a dedicated account manager and graphic designer, ensuring you’re supported at every stage of your order, by someone who knows your order inside out.
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Frequently Asked Questions about DTG printing
Does DTG print crack?
As the DTG inks are printed into the fabric, rather than sitting on top of it your DTG printed T-shirts shouldn’t crack or peel off. DTG is one of the most durable print methods on the market.
Does DTG wash out or fade?
Like a new pair of jeans, you may lose a little bit of vibrance after the first wash, however, this should be minimal if washed correctly and according to the care instructions of the garment.
Beyond that, whether it’s a DTG printed hoodie, tote bag or T-shirt, they should stand the test of time with unrivalled durability.
Please note, this is subject to the machinery being used and the quality of the inks; so if you have felt let down by DTG in the past, don’t rule out the process as a whole, it just might be a case of trying a different supplier with better quality inks and machinery.
Is DTG printing good quality & durable?
The quality and durability are very much down to the machinery and inks used. When using a DTG printing company like us, you can expect retail level quality, with vibrant prints that are on par with (or better than) traditional print methods like screen printing.
As a company that offers both DTG and screen printing, we say this from a completely unbiased perspective.
Products we can print with DTG
The most popular products for DTG printing are T-shirts, sweatshirts, hoodies and tote bags. So long as a product has a high percentage of cotton in its composition and will fit in the printer, it can usually be printed with DTG.
We’ve got lots of other items that can be DTG printed, so if you’re unsure if your preferred product can be DTG printed, just let us know and we’ll get back to you as quickly as possible.
Do you need to pretreat before DTG?
Yes, clothing products do need a pre-treatment applied before they can be DTG printed. In most instances, the printer applies the pre-treatment at the time of printing, ensuring a great finish and no sticky/smelly pre-treatment residue that you may experience with cheaper DTG setups.
Does DTG print white?
While some cheaper DTG printers are not able to print white, our market-leading machines can print white alongside thousands of other shades. This ensures that we’re able to print onto any coloured T-shirts you desire.
DTG printing on black shirts
DTG printing onto black T-shirts is no problem. When printing onto black or any colour other than white, the print will feel similar to a screen print; this is due to a base coat of white ink having to be put down before printing your design. This base coat ensures your design is vivid and all of the colours show up.
DTG printing onto polyester
We advise only DTG printing onto garments with no less than 70% cotton in their composition. For items with a high polyester composition, we advise screen printing or digital transfer printing for the best results.
DTG printing vs sublimation printing
Sublimation is best suited for all-over print coverage and sportswear. Sublimation inks only stick to polyester, so if you’re using any fabric that isn’t 100% polyester, then sublimation printing is not possible.
DTG is the complete opposite, its inks only stick to cotton, so any fabric that has 70% or more cotton in the composition is ideal.
DTG printing vs heat transfer and vinyl prints
Heat transfers and vinyl prints are best suited for non-cotton items like coats, jackets, bags and sportswear. In those instances, heat transfers are the best print method of choice.
If printing onto T-shirts or anything with a high cotton percentage we’d always recommend DTG printing over heat transfer prints for the best results.
DTG printing vs screen printing
One of the most frequent questions we get is, “should I go for DTG printing or screen printing”.
When it comes down to quality, DTG is on par with screen printing, and in some circumstances better than screen printing. However, when it comes to choosing the right print method, it’s less about which is ‘better’ and more about which is most suitable.
Many print companies try to argue that one method is better than the other but, generally, this is because they only offer one option. The reality is that both serve different purposes and work best in different situations.
If you’re bulk printing large volumes with a simple design, then screen printing may actually be the best option for you. However, if you want smaller volumes or have a very complex design, DTG is likely the best option.
DTG printer vs embroidery
There are a few elements that come into play when deciding between DTG and embroidery, the first is the fabric type and design size.
If the fabric is light (such as a T-shirt), but the design is large, then we’d generally recommend DTG. A large embroidery can be very heavy, especially on something like a T-shirt.
On sweatshirts, hoodies, coats and other heavier items, a large embroidery wouldn’t be a problem and might actually be the best option. With fabrics like fleece, DTG isn’t possible, so embroidery is the only choice.
The second element to consider is design complexity. For complex designs, DTG printing is generally the best option as the ink pigments are far smaller than threads. With threads being a lot thicker than ink pigments, it’s harder to get the same level of detail. So if you have small intricate text or design elements it’s likely best to opt for DTG.
The last factor to consider is personal preference. In some instances, like a simple design on a cotton hoodie, both print or embroidery would work well. In that case, it’s entirely down to which one you prefer, as both decoration methods are highly durable and look great.
Our maximum DTG print size is 400mm x 500mm. However, smaller sizes and women’s T-shirts typically don’t allow such large coverage, with this in mind we always recommend keeping your design at 297mm x 400mm as this will likely fit on any T-shirt, regardless of gender or size.
When it comes to large front or back prints on T-shirts, most brands choose to keep their design at the advised 297mm across the board.
Can I have my design at multiple sizes across an order?
You can, however, having your design at multiple sizes for different sized T-shirts across an order is typically a bad idea. Choosing to do that means you miss out on economies of scale. For example, if you buy 50 T-shirts, but 25 of those items have the print at one size, and 25 have the design at a different size, you’ll end paying for two 25-unit orders and not one 50-unit one. Ultimately people buy and wear products because they either love the brand or design, not because the design is 10mm larger than the competing brand’s design.
Please note, in almost all instances an order can be a mix of T-shirt sizes, without an impact on the price.
DTG inks are water-based. The water-based NeoPigment™ inks are completely free of heavy metals, formaldehyde and Alkylphenol Ethoxylates (APE), making them non-hazardous, non-toxic and biodegradable.
As part of our waterless printing system, the biodegradable ink and energy-saving process makes our printers the best option for eco-conscious brands.
DTG is often referred to as digital T-shirt printing, due to its digital nature, we’ve even heard customers refer to it as digital screen printing. While we generally understand what customers are asking for when terms like this are used, the correct name for the process is DTG or Direct to Garment.
But in short, in most cases, if you hear digital T-shirt printing, it’s likely in reference to DTG.
Want a specific print process used?
If purchasing custom printed garments, our system will use a number of variables to calculate the best & most appropriate production process. This keeps things nice and easy for you, and ensures you don’t have to spend years gleaning the knowledge of a printer before making your order. Your order is then checked over by our expert team, ensuring the most appropriate process has been assigned and that your artwork is in the suitable format. Please note all of our print processes are of the highest quality and durability, so perfect for whatever you need. If you do require a specific print method to be used, you’ll find details on how to do this & more information here.