**PLEASE READ BEFORE DESIGNING YOUR ARTWORK FOR DTG PRINTING**
Full Digital Direct To Garment Printing
Our digital printing processes have been developed specifically to address quality, efficiency and cost, using the latest in printing technology to deliver cutting edge digital printing options with no setup costs or minimums! We have the power to print 1 color designs or full color designs on any color garment that has at least 80% cotton blended into it’s fabric.
Our Digital Direct To Garment (DTG) Printing is all about the ink coverage and not number of colors. Artwork printed on white garments will be less expensive compared to printing on lights / colored garments since lights / darks require pre-treat & a white under base.
Our digital printing technology is the future of printing and delivers high quality prints with quick turnarounds.
The following is what we recommend for all DTG print ready artwork:
- Vector Artwork or Raster Artwork
- Make sure print file is set in RGB Color Space
- Save file in .png (transparent background) or .jpeg (not transparent) format
- We recommend solid colors as transparencies do not print well with our DTG print process.
- Resolution of 300 dpi is recommended.
- All white ink in design needs to be set at “R=254 B=254 G=254” otherwise if you leave the white in your design as “R=255 B=255 G=255” then our printer will not notice it or print it.
- File uploaded should be saved & uploaded at desired print Size (Ex: 12″x14″).
- All fonts should be outlined
- Prints on white garments will not use white ink or have a white underbase
Best Document Size
We offer 4 different platen sizes for our Digital Garment Printing:
7×8 (Infant / toddler Platen)
10 x 12 (Youth Platen)
14 x 16 (Adult Platen)
16 X 18 (Oversized Adult Platen)
The best rule of thumb when uploading your own artwork is to know the platen size in which we will use for your print. This insures that we will be able to get close to the excat placement while printing in production.
Example: Lets say you’re ordering the Mens 3600 Next level T-Shirt with a 11″x8.5″ print. This is an adult t-shirt so it will use the 14×16 platen and as long as your artfile is set at 14×16 when uploading we should get close placement.
Color Space for Digital Garment Printing
FOR THE BEST DTG PRINTING RESULTS USE THE RGB COLOR SETTING. IF YOUR DESIGN HAS BEEN CREATED IN CMYK YOU WILL WANT TO CONVERT THE FILE AND MAKE SURE YOUR COLORS DID NOT SHIFT. Artwork left as CMYK tends to print murky and have color shifts so your prints may not come out the way you expected. This may sound counter-intuitive for printing as we do print in CMYK, but our printer driver must perform the conversion to CMYK on its own.
To change your art files color mode in Photoshop:
FILE > NEW> COLOR MODE : RGB COLOR. ( Please also make sure you change the width to 14 Inches and the Height to 16 inches.
To change your art files color mode in Illustrator:
FILE > NEW>ADVANCED> COLOR MODE : RGB COLOR. ( Please also make sure you change the width to 14 Inches and the Height to 16 inches.
Digital Color Matching
The most important thing to understand about DTG (direct-to-garment) printing is that ink color is not opaque. It blends with the fabric color and depending on the color you are printing on it may slightly effect / tint your print. The Inkjet technology we use for our digital DTG printing gives printing the power to print gradient color blends, unlimited colors, print photographs with ease, and other digital effects not possible with screen printing.
Some clients require exact color matching, usually when they are working with corporate logo requirements that specify color formulas like a special shade of blue. If you or your client can’t live with a slight color shift, you’d have to use screen printing. We have a 90% color matching accuracy and please do not rely on your computer screen to match colors as each monitor displays colors differently and the art you see on the screen vs what gets printed may be slightly different.
Required Artwork Resolution
The saying “bad art in and bad art out” is VERY true and this is why we recommended your artwork to be at least 300 dots per inch (dpi) when sized to your desired imprint size (14×16, 10×12, 7×8). When you upload your artwork to our online designer, there is an image quality meter that will let you know if your image is ok or not for printing so keep an eye on this.
If you need more information, have additional questions or just can't find the answer to your question here, please submit a support ticket and one of our account managers will be happy to help.