While there are comparisons between the methods used for direct to garment printing and screen printing, both techniques deliver different capabilities. With DTG the colors are printed using precise CMYK dots, rather than screen printing with its’ solid application of pantone inks.
DTG printing does not require the use of a screen, and can accept gradients of color, providing precise photographic detail. It also requires very little setup which allows a more cost-effective option for printing on demand.
DTG process involves three major steps:
We use a pre-treatment spray to ensure the ink bond with the fabric fibers allowing a vibrant finish. Once the pre-treatment is complete the approved designs are sent digitally to the press and the treated garment is carefully loaded and flattened onto the platen.
For colored garments we apply an under base or flood print to make sure the colors pop. Once printed, the garment is ‘cured’ to help the ink set. The garment is now ready for a wash and wear.