Digital t-shirt printing or Direct-To-Garment (DTG) printing is a relative newcomer to the t-shirt printing game, centering around a wide-format inkjet printer that prints directly onto the surface of a t-shirt or garment. Printers like this have existed since the mid-2000s, but technology has come a long way since then. There are many different types of digital t-shirt printers out there, but here at TPB HQ, we have two DTG printers from the market-leaders, Kornit, that offer exceptional print quality with superior washability. The efficiency of these DTG printers is what makes one-off t-shirt printing possible, so you can order just one t-shirt and still have a retail quality result at a surprisingly low cost.
With the right care (it’s not rocket science), your flashy new digital prints will last for many years to come, and could even outlive the shirt. To lock this in, we recommend washing inside-out with cold water and then air-drying on a coat hanger instead of opting for a lazy dryer. You can read more about the correct garment-care or jump right into creating your own unique design here:
Because our DTG printers use water-based inks, our digital t-shirt prints have a retail quality touch. On dark garments, the prints sit on top of the fabric so you can feel them but on white garments, the ink almost goes into the fabric and so the print feels very soft to touch.
To get a good print result you need to use a high-resolution image. The easiest way to check image resolution is to zoom in on your screen to the scale you want it printed and see if it looks blurry or crisp.
If you’re a little more tech-savvy, ensure your image is at least 300DPI at the dimensions you want to be printed. For digital prints, we recommend uploading a .png file or a high res .tiff file (note that for screen printing orders we recommend a .eps file).
Our Online Designer will give you an indication of the quality of your upload. We also have a convenient file converter at your disposal if you need to change your file format.
A special type of vinyl that comes in many finishes (metallic, holographic, glow-in-the-dark, glitter, flock, etc), that can be machine-cut and fused with heat to a garment. This print method is best suited for sportswear and fashion designs.
Traditionally a handmade decorative process, embroidery is now a precision-machined technique, putting state-of-the-art equipment to work on gorgeous, complex outcomes with multiple thread colors.
Prices will vary depending on the size and complexity of the design however all our prices are as always competitively low.
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