Direct-to-garment (DTG) printing has made a huge splash in the textile decoration industry in the past half decade. In the past, decorations were limited by the number of ink colors that could feasibly go on a garment as well as the costs of screens associated with different colors. However, that has changed somewhat with the advent of DTG printing.
Think of DTG printing like you would think about printing a document. Except instead of paper, you are printing on a shirt or other garment. Our DTG machine is essentially a giant inkjet printer! This essentially eliminates all artwork restrictions. So, if you've ever had the urge to put someones portrait on a shirt, or if you have ever wanted your artwork to come to life on a garment, DTG can make that happen.
DTG orders are best for smaller orders and orders that are more detailed than your average screen print order. This is because DTG printing often takes more time and and can become costly with larger orders (if you've ever bought ink for a printer you know!).
We can DTG on any color garment, however be aware that some colors print better than others. Think of it like a canvas, a white canvas gives you the most options and often provides for the most vivid picture. This does not mean you could never pain on a black canvas, but there is a reason most artists choose a white canvas for their work. The same can be said for DTG, designs show up best on white, but we can print on most any color.
Here is a great look at the process of direct-to-garment printing. This also provides a nice contrast between DTG printing and screen printing!
Here at Classic, we value transparency and customer service above all else. With that being said, we want to make sure our customers know exactly what to expect when they order from us. If you are a new customer, your first interaction with us will be with our sales team. They will help you decide the type of garment you are looking for and help estimate the cost of your order. You can ask them any questions you may have about sizing, printing style and the timeline of your order. These dedicated individuals take notes on every conversation and will do their best to make you feel a part of the Classic family.
The next step in the process is the solidifying your artwork! Our art department has multiple professional graphic designers waiting to help you out. Whether you have a .jpg of exactly what you want, or just a few broad ideas we will turn it into a vivid print. Once the art department has your design, they will turn it into a proof which will be promptly sent back to you for your approval. Once the artwork is approved, your order moves to production.
Because we already took care of ordering your garments when we first talked to you, production will start as soon as the art is approved. Our streamlined process allows us to meet any deadline, we just ask you communicate when you need your order by to best assist us.
Finally, once your order has been produced we will either ship it to you or arrange a pick up. Whatever is most preferred by you!
Our process is simple and allows us to focus on producing the highest quality garments!
Believe it or not, screen printing has been around almost as long as imperial China. The earliest records of screen printing come from the Song Dynasty in around 960 CE. While these methods were rudimentary, at best, the were quickly adopted and refined by Japanese and other asian cultures. However, the practice of screen printing did not make it to Europe until the late 1700's. Then, in 1907, a man by the name of Samuel Simon popularized a style of printing that utilized silk screens. This is why the term screen printing and silk screening are often interchanged.
From there, an industry was born. Printers began experimenting with different inks and techniques, all of which resulted in different styles of printing. Throughout this developmental process, many of the techniques were heavily guarded as they were deemed trade secrets.
Finally, American entrepreneur and inventor, Michael Vasilantone, would develop a rotary screen printing machine which rapidly expanded companies production capabilities. Since then, this original rotary design has been automated to such an extent that some machines can produce thousands of garments in an hour.