LOCAL DIRECT TO GARMENT PRINTING SERVICE
DTG digital printing is a novelty on the market and the fastest-growing branch of clothing printing. In this method, it is not necessary to prepare plates, matrices or screens (as is the case with screen printing), which automatically reduces costs, especially in low volumes. The graphics are printed directly from the device directly on the garment. The print becomes extremely durable after being heated in the press. In Dallas, we are the best in local direct to garment printing service providing.
An additional advantage of DTG is that you can print in full color with a single print run at a very attractive price. The prints are characterized by vivid and saturated colors and the best results are obtained by printing logotypes with tonal transitions impossible to make with any other technique.
DTG printing is used only for marking cotton clothing.
Advantages of Local Direct to Garment Printing technology:
- Low cost
- Possibility to order multi-color printing of complex graphics (without color limits) from one piece at no additional cost at an attractive price.
- Possibility of any changes in the project, e.g. common logo and variable name and surname (different text) for each subsequent print at no additional cost. Each T-shirt can be different - different logo, different inscription.
- No costly prepress
- No requirement to prepare a printing form, such as a matrix in screen printing technology, significantly reduces printing costs. This is especially noticeable for small print runs.
- High quality of printing
- Realistic reproduction of colors and tonal transitions that are difficult to achieve for other techniques in low volumes. Very high quality of photo prints and very complex graphics at a resolution of 1440 x 1440 dpi.
Polyprint discusses how sustainable printing solutions now enable direct printing on garments or film using the same printer, meaning users can easily switch between DTG and DTF.
Thanks to the development of e-commerce, the increasing demand for small production runs and personalized one-off products has resulted in a surge in cost-effective printing applications. Digital printing technology has advanced to the point that printers can now print straight to clothing or film using the same printer. With this new technology, users can switch between direct-on-garment (DTG) and film-on-film (DTF) products in seconds and expand their product portfolio.
TexJet® printer technology provides this unique advantage without changing the configuration of the DTG ink. Users can cover a wide range of products (t-shirts, hoodies, sportswear, hats, bags, shoes, masks, pet clothing, etc.) with both DTG and DTF printing methods, which will ultimately increase the possibilities of decorating the garments.
DTG or DTF?
The choice between these two printing methods depends on the print quality you want to achieve, the type of garment you are using, and the desired level of productivity.
- Choose directly over clothing if you need sharp details, color gradients and a soft touch. Perfect for large, detailed projects.
- Choose direct to film for dark polyester and nylon and DTF for many small projects such as logos or clothing labels.
Textiles suitable for DTF
You can transfer prints on a variety of textiles, such as dark or light polyester, nylon, cotton/polyester blends, and more. Transfers may also be utilised on sportswear, professional apparel, headgear, purses, pet attire, and other items.
Tip: When printing small prints (e.g. logos), you can save time and increase efficiency by printing multiple logos on one film and transferring them to different garments. For 100% cotton or mixed fibers, both DTF and DTG printing methods can be used.
How to print DTF on a DTG printer
To print directly onto clichés with a DTG printer, the machine should be DTF compatible. There are specific DTF printing modes to assist in the printing process. Try to operate in optimal environmental conditions by following the printer manufacturer's guidelines.
Preparing the printer
- Move the ink cartridges to ensure ink uniformity.
- Always check that your inks have an expiration date.
- Perform nozzle cleaning for a perfect nozzle check.
- Make sure all white channels are printing bright white.
- Place the transfer film on the platen and secure it with masking tape. Alternatively, anti-slip pads ensure that the film will not move during printing.
- If necessary, use the printer's auto-height feature to maintain the optimal distance between the print head and the film.
- For printing raster images, it is best to use jpg, png and tiff at 300 dpi. If you're printing vectors, EPS or PDF will be your best choice. It's best to use the RGB color mode in your files.
- Select the DTF printing queue if you are using CADlink RIP Polyprint edition software, and select the DTF transfer printing mode, according to the T-shirt color, the image will be reflected automatically.
- Press the print button
- Tip: You must position the image correctly according to the position of the film on the disc.
- Place the printed transfer film face up in a container large enough to keep it flat.
- Apply the adhesive powder evenly to the printed foil and shake off the excess powder.
- Lift the foil facing up. Avoid touching the printed surface.
- "Bake" the foil to melt the adhesive powder, using a press or oven.
- Note: When using a heat press, just hover over the foil.
- Follow the transfer film guidelines for time and temperature required.
- Transferring the print to clothing
- To transfer the print using a heat press to the garment, place the printed film face down on the selected garment.
- Heat press for transferring the print to clothing in accordance with the manufacturer's guidelines.
- Hot and cold transfer foils are available, so peel the foil according to the manufacturer's guidelines.