When looking for a small batch of custom shirts in the Tri-State. Our DTG process is the way to go. We use the latest technology to produce amazing images on both light & dark t-shirts.

How DTG Works?

DTG means Direct To Garment.  It’s a method of printing directly onto a medium (usually t-shirts) without needed to create expensive and inefficient screens that were used in screen printing.

Because DTG prints right onto the fabric, there are no limits to your design.  Photos, multi-colored logos and text are all easy to print, with no set-up fees or delays.

DTG also uses eco-friendly inks, unlike screen printing.  The inks are very soft and don’t raise up off the cotton, but they wash exceptionally well and the color range is virtually unlimited.

How Many Colors Can I Print?

16,000,000! But who's really counting.

There is honestly no limit to the number of colors you can print.  Our printing software supports millions of colors, and if your artwork includes millions of colors, that’s what you’ll get.

DTG isn’t efficient if you need 100 shirts with just 1 color printed (say, white), but if you have many colors, or many designs for a few shirts, DTG is perfect.

Also keep in mind that DTG doesn’t do well with very very solid white ink prints.  It’ll print fine, but it won’t be as thick and bright as a solid white ink screen print you may be familiar with.

Direct to Garment Process

Step 1:

Every order receives a professional design review from our team of graphic artists and digital printing experts. We work diligently with you to see to your finished product. To start, we ask for the highest resolution image you currently have. The higher the image resolution, the better! 

Step 2:

Our designers are happy to work with any image you provide, even if it takes a bit of polishing. We have mastered the art of transforming designs into masterpieces. For businesses, check with your web developer or marketing team to provide you with any raw logo image files. 

Step 3:

Every design is thoroughly inspected before printing for quality assurance. You’ll be able to review the finished layout when we send you the final design proofs for your approval. If you have questions about your specific artwork, simply call us at 1-800-620-1233 to consult with your project specialist. 

Step 4:

When it comes to printing, pixels matter. Pixels are the smallest measurable point in a photo, and together, hundreds of thousands of them (sometimes millions) combine together to make the image you see. Think of mosaic artwork; The greater number of pieces within a canvas, the more detailed and apparent the image will look.

File Types for Direct to Garment

There are two types of images: raster and vector. Raster images use pixels. The higher number of pixels an image contains, the better resolution it will have; better quality prints. Pixels have a direct effect on the scaling capabilities of an image. The more pixels an image contains, the larger it can be scaled without becoming boxy, or “pixelated.”

file types to direct to garment

Vector images, however, use mathematical calculations between two different points to create geometrical shapes. The process itself uses lines instead of pixels, and because of that, they are infinitely scalable. No matter how large you scale a vector image, it will not lose its quality. When you view a photo on a computer screen, it usually requires a fairly low PPI (Pixels Per Inch) count – around 72, generally. For digital viewing, that’s fine. But when it comes to printing, both on t-shirts and paper, the higher the PPI count, the better. Ideally, we request customers submit photos at 300 PPI. If that’s not possible, no worries! Our design team is always happy to help. Whether submitting a vector or raster image, here are some of the most commonly accepted file formats:

  • AI
  • EPS
  • JPEG
  • TIFF
  • PDF
  • PNG
  • PSD
  • PCT

Direct to Garment FAQ

How quickly can you produce digitally printed t-shirts?

Some orders can be printed and shipped in as little as 72 hours, but the standard is 7 to 10 business days with free shipping.

Need your order filled faster? No problem! We can accommodate most deadlines, even if it means burning the midnight oil to make it happen. We don’t call ourselves ThreadWolf.com for nothin’! If you have an order you need filled sooner, call a project specialist immediately at 609-393-5455

Can I order digital printing on black garments?

Yes! While many companies only offer DTG services on lighter t-shirt colors, ThreadWolf.com can accommodate any order, light or dark, large or small.

What kinds of images are best for digital printing t-shirts?

Many factors affect an image’s digital printability, but a basic rule of thumb is: The higher the resolution, the better. Our machines are the best in the business and produce the highest quality prints available, but those prints are only as good as the photos upon which they’re based.

If you have anymore questions about DTG printing or our other services, check out our FAQ page or give us a call at 609-393-5455 to speak with a project specialist.

Ready to place an order? Contact Us Today!

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