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Direct-To-Garment Printing

We offer full color t-shirt and garment printing on light or dark colored garments using the latest digital printing equipment. There are NO color limits, NO set-up fees, NO minimum order requirements and we can turn your order around fast. You don’t need to supply complicated artwork with color separations defined. The first half hour of art fees are free, then it's $20 every 30 minutes there after. This gives us time to scan in your photo and maybe add some text within that first half hour. Or if you are wanting us to cut images out of your file or perform certain special effects it may take longer than 30 minutes. Always ask us our opinion if we think it will take longer than 30 minutes for what you are wanting.

Direct to Garment Printing also has the ability to print very high detailed images. This process prints at resolutions as high as 1440dpi. Because Direct to Garment Printing images at high image resolutions, gradients, blends and high detail in graphics and photos can be reproduced. Just remember that we are printing on fabric not paper, so our outputs will have great detail but won't be the same detail as if it was printed on paper. The print also has a very soft to the hand feel because the water based ink literally absorbs right into the fibers of the garment. Plus, water based inks are environmental friendly!

All you need is a .jpeg, tiff, .eps, .bmp or other raster image with a decent resolution. (200 DPI or higher). Vector based .ai or .eps files are best for Direct to Garment Printing. Because this is a digital process, we are able to offer unique variable data printing. Not only can we print your design in full color, but we can also personalize your design for a more unique look. So, if you are looking for 1 shirt or more, we can do it!

Pricing For Left Chest Print Area Pricing
(Approx. 5" x 5")
On White Garments
(Price of Garment Not Included)

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7
$8.05
$6.05
$5.75
$4.89
$4.50
$4.05
$3.50
8-11
12-24
25-36
37-48
49-71
72-96
97 & up
$3.05
$2.88
$2.60
$2.36
$2.25
$2.15
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Pricing For Full Print Area Pricing
(Approx. 12"w x 18"h)
On White Garments
(Price of Garment Not Included)

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$15.10
$11.65
$10.50
$9.85
$9.05
$8.20
$7.65
8-11
12-24
25-36
37-48
49-71
72-96
97 & up
$7.30
$7.05
$6.75
$6.65
$6.45
$6.15
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Pricing For Left Chest Print Area Pricing
(Approx. 5" x 5")
On Light or Dark Garments
(Price of Garment Not Included)

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7
$11.05
$9.05
$8.75
$7.89
$7.50
$7.05
$6.50
8-11
12-24
25-36
37-48
49-71
72-96
97 & up
$6.05
$5.88
$5.60
$5.36
$5.25
$5.15
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Pricing For Full Print Area Pricing
(Approx. 12"w x 18"h)
On Light or Dark Garments
(Price of Garment Not Included)

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$18.10
$14.65
$13.50
$12.85
$12.05
$11.20
$10.65
8-11
12-24
25-36
37-48
49-71
72-96
97 & up
$10.30
$10.05
$9.75
$9.65
$9.45
$9.15
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Direct-To-Garment FAQ's

Do I have to order a minimum quantity of shirts for Direct to Garment Printing (DTG)?
NO, that’s the beauty of DTG! This process allows us to print one or more pieces on demand! Keep in mind that digital garment printing is optimized for short to medium run, full color printed garments. This means light or dark orders of 1-96 pieces, and white garment orders of 1-144 pieces.

Is there a set-up fee for your Direct to Garment Printing (DTG) printing process?
NO, the process uses direct inkjet technology. With traditional screen printing there are setup fees for screens and film positives. Since there are no screens or film positives involved in the DTG process, we don’t need to charge for it!.

Are there certain materials that work better than others?
Yes. When it comes to garments 100% cotton works the very best. We always recommend 100% cotton for garments.

What kind of print quality does a Direct to Garment Printing (DTG) produce?
The quality of a DTG print is amazing! Since the print process uses CMYK inks, the color gamut is almost limitless. The print itself is very vibrant and has great detail. Direct to Garment Printing can produce high quality gradients and photos because it is a continuous tone process. There are no halftone dots or screens used to simulate shades of color. Because of this, blends and photos are smooth and detailed in appearance. Just remember, we are printing on fabric not paper so super fine detail may not appear like it does on paper.

What types of files do you accept for Direct to Garment Printing (DTG)?
The best file format is a vector based .eps, .ai, file. This file format is the most flexible for us to use and can be changed easily. When supplying this type of file it is important to outline your text. See out tips and tricks page for instruction on how to do so.

We also accept .psd ,.jpg, .tiff. and .pdf files. It is important to make sure that these file formats are at least 200 dpi at finished print size. Click here for instructions on how to check DPI in Photo Shop. Digital photographs will also work fine. As a general rule it is recommended to use a photo from a digital camera that is at least 4 mega pixel. The file format from a digital camera is usually a .jpg which as listed above will work fine.

If you are not sure of your file and want our professional opinion, then you can send us your file for evaluation. We will not charge for file evaluation.

Are there special care instructions for digitally printed shirts?
Yes. As with all decorated garments, you will prolong the life of the shirt by turning them inside-out and washing them in cold water. Never use bleach! Your shirt can be machine dried on low heat.

**Please note...Direct To Garment printing on dark shirts requires a special pre-treatment that will bind the white underbase to the fabric. This pre-treatment will make the fabric slightly stiff after the ink is cured. Most people will not notice it, however, the stiffness will be gone after the first wash.