Custom T-Shirt and Garment Printing
DTG – Direct To Garment Printing:
T-Shirts, Cushions, Aprons, Hoodies and Bags:
Our DTG printer allows us to offer printing direct onto garments, be it a stock item or one you bring us to print on. The magic of printing direct to garment is, “no minimum quantity”! As the printing process is almost identical to photo printing, it is possible to print just one item without excessive set-up or manufacturing costs. It gets better, full colour printing means one or 16 million colours at the same price per garment.
T- Shirt Printing Basics:
A. Printing on a “White or light fabric” is full colour printing without the use of white ink.
B. Printing on a “Colour or Black fabric” is full colour printing requiring a pre-tretment and possibly white ink will be needed when printing, this is how the price list below defines the price you pay. Please feel free to submit your image and requirements and we will be able to quote accordingly.
Submit your “print-ready” Jpeg to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please include the t-shirt colours and sizes and well as the location and size you require your artwork to be printed. Artwork must be supplied “print ready” as a Jpeg, PNG.
Printing Price List 2019 :
|1st print on White Fabrics or Garments.
Excludes use of White ink.
|(Price does not include garment)|
|Additional Prints on white or light fabrics.|
|1st print on Colour or Black Fabrics.
Includes use of White ink.
|(Price does not include garment)|
|Additional Prints Colour or Black Fabrics.|
10% off printing price of identical copies.
Click here for our Garment Price list.
For an order of more than three prodcuts, we recommend sending your artwork for a quote. DTG printing costs are closely related to ink usage. Printing costs could half when less ink is used, for example, branding, light images or text. White represents the highest ink cost.
To print on a black T-shirt requires a pre-treatment and white ink under-layer. A white or light fabric allows the garment Colour to be used as the base colour, thereby replacing the need for white ink. When a colour is printed on a dark garment without a white under-layer, the ink simply disappears against the background. This is where the Pre-treatment and white ink play their part. The Pre-treatment is a thin layer we apply before printing the white under-layer, it ensures the special white ink remains on the surface of the garment and assist in curing. The white under-layer is printed as the first stage to a full colour print, it is followed by the colour printing. When an ma has a white area, or light colours, the
Who supplies the product?
You are most welcome to supply your own garment or textile product for us to print on. We will continue to stock an increasing range of products over the next few months. If garments are purchased from our existing stock, we are liable and will ensure you receive the final product you ordered. Although we will take the greatest care with every assignment, we cannot be held liable for the final results on garments or products supplied.
What products can you print on?
The products themselves could vary from the obvious T-shirts, Polo Necks, long sleeves and hoodies to pillow cases, cushions, vests, lens cleaning cloths, sashes, bibs, aprons, serviettes… if you have something you want printed or branded, let us know more about it.
What materials can you print on?
Almost any material high in cotton, no less that a 50% blend. Ideally a smooth surface, like a T-Shirt, this will ensure high resolution printing. It must also be able to endure a temperature of 180 degrees celsius as this is the temperature it is cured at in our press shortly after printing (for about 90seconds)… so plastics, neoprenes and similar polymers are not going to end well.
How large can you print?
Our largest print area is 400x500mm. We also have a small 100x100mm platen ideal for sleeves or even handkerchiefs or serviettes. Images can be printed as small as you like, image quality is determined by the surface texture of the material, the smoother the material, the higher the resolution.
How long does it take?
DTG printing is exceptionally fast. We plan to start on a 48 hour turn around. Faster delivery will certainly be possible. This will however be determined by stock availability. Light or white textiles that require no pre-treatment could be ready within a matter of an hour. Dark garments will need a pre-treatment followed by a white ink under-lay before colour ink can be added, this may require more than a couple of hours. If it is an item we stock, it would also be determined by our stock levels on the day. Please check with a salesperson first.
How much does it cost?
We will offer set prices for stock items. For custom items, we will refer to our software to calculate the ink usage from the artwork supplied, this will need to take place on a quote per project basis. Items on dark textile will cost more relative to white or light textiles as a pre-treatment and large amounts of white ink may be needed.
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T’s and C’s:
Although printing can be done in 1- 2 hours, Stock cannot be guaranteed on the day the order is placed. Orders will take 3-5 working days unless pre-arranged. Artwork must be supplied “print ready” as a Jpeg or PNG or additional artwork fees may apply. Artwork or design is billed at our standard fee (R395 during 2018). If we supply the garments, you get the exact quantity you order. If you supply the garments, it is agreed, testing and related errors are for your account and additional items may be needed. This is a requirement and legal agreement when supplying any item/s for us to print or work on. Most materials behave or react in different ways to heat, pre-treatment and inks involved – learning and discovering is an ongoing process and we always do our best to deliver the best result possible.