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Digital Printing.    Multi color, short runs

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Digital Printing utilizes the latest technology to provide a solution to printing smaller orders with an almost unlimited number of colors in the design. For many customers, this is a great way to get full color prints on just a few shirts. Screen printing an order that size with a large number of colors had previously been cost-prohibitive before the advent of Digital Printing. Also referred to as Direct-To Shirt printing, the process works much like an traditional inkjet computer printer (with specialized inks, and many additional processes), but for apparel!

  • Yields high quality, durable images.
  • Print on any color garment, recommended for dark prints on light color garments for best result.
  • Price: Less expensive than screen printing for multiple-color images on small runs.

·         Used for: Photos, Graphic Effects, and highly detailed images on small runs of shirts.

Benefits of DTS:

·         Low setup costs

·         Allows for small orders to be printed at a reasonable price

·         Print extremely detailed images

·         Full-color printing is now affordable since there is no additional cost per color


Inks cost upward of $1000 per gallon which is why printing on colored garments is costly; an underbase of white ink has to be laid below the actual colors of your design to ensure that the colors look like you intended.  White garments will cost less to print. All of this ink adds up!  Preparation of the garment, and processing takes time.

The process used for translating the colors from the digital image into ink to print uses the 4 color process system.  It uses combinations of these four ink colors, plus one or two coats of white.  Ink colors will be close to, but will not necessarily match PMS (pantone matching system) colors.  We attempt to match colors as close as possible.

How DTS Compares To:

·         Screenprinting
Screen printing is an expensive and labor-intensive setup. DTS takes much less time to set up. This makes DTS more cost effective for "small" orders (less than ten garments). Once setup is complete, the per-unit cost of screenprinting is much less expensive than that of DTS (remember that $1000-per-gallon ink?  Screenprinting cannot capture as much detail nor as many colors as DTS, but the colors that are screenprinted are more vibrant. Screenprinting also allows for the use of different types of ink, like metallic or glow-in-the-dark, and can be used on polyester materials that DTS inks cannot bind to.

·         Heat Transfer
Heat transfers use heat and pressure to embed ink into the surface of the garment's material, whereas DTS binds directly to a material's fibers and does not feature a heat component. DTS is a much higher quality printing method than heat transfers.

This background should provide you with the tools necessary to decide if DTS is the right form of printing for your project!


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