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What is DTG (Direct to Garment) Printing?

Direct to Garment, or DTG printing, is a process by which a digital image is printed directly onto apparel using the newest technology in apparel printing. This process allows us to print any quantity order with high resolution full color designs at an affordable price. Our expert team of professionals can work with any design and there are virtually no limitations! We ensure outstanding quality, consistency and accuracy with prices you won’t believe. And, did we mention, most orders can be done within 24 hours* and sometimes, even the same day!

Direct to Garment Design Examples

Direct to Garment printing is GREAT for designs that are simply too complex for traditional screen printing methods or when you only need a few shirts. Our DTG printers use the best quality inks to give bright prints with great quality and detail. And, did we mention? Your shirts can be printed the same day or within 24 hours! Take a look at a few of our recent prints!

Direct to Garment Process

Step 1:

Every order receives a professional design review from our team of graphic designers and digital printing experts. We work tirelessly with you to see you through to the finished product. First, we ask for the highest resolution image you have. The higher the image resolution, the better!

Step 2:

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

Step 3:

Every design is thoroughly inspected before printing for quality printing and 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 1-800-603-9150 and we will get you on the phone with a graphic designer.

Step 4:

When it comes to printing, pixels matter. Pixels are the smallest measurable piece of a photograph, and together, hundreds of thousands of them (sometimes millions) are combined to make the image you see. Take a look at these images to understand pixels!

Vector images, on the other hand, use mathematical calculations between two different points to create geometrical shapes. Vector images use lines instead of pixels, and because of that, they can be scaled up or down with no image quality loss. 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. Because of these factors, 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                 •   PCT                                                 

•   EPS              •   PDF        

•   JPEG           •   PNG            

•   TIFF             •   PSD

Direct to Garment FAQ

What is the average turnaround time for digital print t-shirts?

Direct to Garment printing gives us the freedom and opportunity to turn custom printed shirts out very quickly. We keep shirts in stock for this very process. This means that, as long as your image is print ready, we can generally have your order completed within 24 hours. If you need your shirts the same day simply visit us first thing in the morning. As long as we have the shirts in stock and your artwork is print ready, we can have your prints finished by the end of the day.

Can I order digital printing on dark garments?

Yes! Many companies only offer Direct to Garment services on White or light colors garments. At 10:9 Design we 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 print-ability, 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 artwork that we receive.

If you have anymore questions, please give us a call at 1-800-603-9150 or Contact Us to speak with a customer service representative.