DTG printing

What is Direct to Garment Printing?

Direct to Garment Printing (DTG) is one of the most environmentally friendly ways to print onto textiles. High detailed images up to 1200dpi print very well and as it is a digital print process, it can print thousands of colour tones all at once using a combination of Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Key(black) inks. Unlike a lot of traditional garment printing processes, our DTG printer only uses the exact amount of ink needed per print and produces zero water waste. This also means minimal ink wastage as there is only a small amount flushed through for cleaning and maintenance.

We printed these amazing t-shirts for our client @girlyswotclub
You can buy them at girlyswotclub.bigcartel.com

What can I print onto?

When choosing DTG we can print onto most white and light garments using CMYK transparent, water based, eco friendly inks. We do not use white or opaque inks with DTG, so we can’t print onto dark or black fabric. If this is what you’re looking for then see our Screen Printing service. We only print onto 100% organic or recycled fabrics. Organic garments are just the bees knees, but they can on occasion contain very small flaws or specs of colour within the weave. That’s part of the beauty of going organic and as we’re committed to a low waste, slow fashion approach to printing we don’t send garments to landfill, ever. You can order and design Continental Clothing stock online right now, just follow the links at the bottom of the page. If you would like to customise Stanley/Stella garments just get in touch and we’ll handle those orders through email info@wildandkind.com.  We’re working on getting their full catalogue live on the website really soon.

How should I prepare my files?

For the best quality print, good file preparation is key. Our printer will print every tiny spec of detail, more so that you’ll be able to achieve with screen printing. But this also means that if your design is pixelated it will print pixelated and if there are any flaws in your design, they’ll print out on your garment. Get into the habit of working in high res from the start of the design process. Although we print in CMYK you should design in RBG for a better colour palette. You want your designs to be 300dpi minimum and always work at the ‘real life size’ (for example, if you want your design to print out a 20x20cm, set your canvas to this size). If you create a beautiful design in low res or at a small size, and the try to make it bigger later on, it’s going to look blurry and pixelated. Once images have been sent through messengers or uploaded and re-downloaded from the internet the file quality drastically reduces, so always send us the original design file. The ideal format for upload is .PNG with a transparent background. We will not accept files that are lower than 300dpi, and we reserve the right to refuse to print designs that are pixelated or blurry due to resizing. This is because at the end of the day, a poor print looks badly on us, wether or not you don’t mind if it’s a low quality image. If you need help, just get in touch. We can offer a design and file preparation service at an additional cost.

How will my design print out using this process?

This style of printing is great for multicolour prints on white and light garments. If printing onto a white garment, your design will print out exactly as it shows in your original design. Because our inks are transparent, if you print onto a coloured garment, the colour of the garment will have an impact on the colours of the design. To test how your design will DTG print onto a coloured garment using photoshop, follow these steps: – Set up your design as a layer in photoshop and remove all white to leave these areas transparent – Next, create a layer behind your design layer and fill with the colour of the garment, or use an image of the garment, – Click on your design layer, and change the layer style from ‘normal’ to ‘multiply’, – It’s not exact, but this gives you a rough idea of how your design will look on any colour.
You can see below that this design looks great on white and light garments, but not so good on red. That’s because darker tones will only suit black ink. We show a colour wheel example on every product page to give you an idea of how colours will translate onto specific garment colours.