The Pros and Cons with Direct To Garment (DTG) Printing

jamie
2 min readFeb 9, 2023
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Direct-to-garment (DTG) printing is a method of printing on textiles using specialized inkjet technology. Some of the pros of DTG printing include:

  1. High-quality results: DTG printing can produce prints with high resolution and vibrant colors, making it suitable for printing detailed designs and graphics.
  2. Versatility: DTG printing can be used on a wide range of fabrics, including cotton, polyester, and blends, and can be used to print on both light and dark garments.
  3. Low minimum order quantities: DTG printing allows for small-scale production, making it suitable for businesses that need to produce smaller quantities of garments.
  4. Short turnaround times: DTG printing allows for fast production, making it suitable for businesses that need to produce garments quickly.

Some of the cons of DTG printing include:

  1. Limited color options: DTG printing uses inkjet technology, which is limited to the colors that can be produced by the ink. This can be a drawback for businesses that need to produce garments with specific colors or shades.
  2. Prone to fading: DTG prints can fade over time, especially if the garment is not properly cared for. This can be a drawback for businesses that need to produce garments that will be worn frequently or for a long period of time.
  3. Higher cost per unit: DTG printing tends to be more expensive than other methods of printing, such as screen printing, due to the cost of the specialized equipment and ink. This can be a drawback for businesses that need to produce large quantities of garments.
  4. Limited fabric options: DTG printing is not suitable for all fabrics, and may not work well on textiles that are too stretchy or have a rough texture.

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jamie

INFJ. Former tour manager. Geek. Soccer. Co-Founder of Mouth Off Network. Host of the Onward and Upward podcast. Freelance writer and digital media guy.