Direct to Garment or DTG Printing uses modified inkjet technology to print on cotton fabric. Think of it as your regular inkjet printer; But instead of printing on paper, you use textiles. The printer uses specialized textile inks which are generally naturally sourced water-based, pigmented inks. The fabrics must be at least 50% cotton so it absorbs the pigment. Know more about the history of DTG printing here.
Direct to garment printing has low setup time and cost making it quite accessible and fairly affordable. Compared to traditional printing methods, the amount of labor required and mess generated is significantly lower.
Its increased precision can handle even the most intricate design with ease. Although, the higher the quality settings needed for printing the design, the longer the printing process takes. Nevertheless, no matter how complicated the design, or what color range it encompasses, it's as good as done. Design to your heart's content with no worries. Volume is not an issue at all as well - be it one at a time or bulk. Hence, it's perfect for print-on-demand businesses.
The inks apply directly into the fibers of the clothing which results to the design seamlessly integrated to the clothing itself. As such, the design will remain in pristine condition for a long time especially when properly cared for.