Printing Process

All shirts created at kwotees use the Direct to Garment (DTG) printing process. In this article we aim to provide you some more information about the DTG process and how it compares with traditional screen printing.

Brother DTG Printer

How is Direct to Garment (DTG) printing done?
Direct to Garment (DTG) is a method where a printer directly applies the ink onto the t-shirt with inkjet technology. It involves a special printer, which prints the ink directly onto the garment in the desired design. DTG uses speciality inks, which are absorbed by the fibres of the garment.

Things you should know about DTG printing:
Since the DTG printer is as precise as…well…a printer, you’re able to print images in much higher detail than screen printing, allowing photo quality prints and you’re not limited in color. It also means that the amount of colors used won’t affect the pricing of our shirts.
Because the printer can print any image, customization is simple. This is also a good option for kwotees, because we print our t-shirts as you purchase them instead of printing a batch of hundreds of the same shirt. We want to have the flexibility to print ‘one offs’ or custom shirts for you if required.

Kwotees Printing Process

Our Printing Setup
• Direct to Garment
• Brother Graffitee photo quality
• Printed using Brother GT 381 machines
• CPSIA compliant inks

Direct to Garment vs Screen Printing
Screen printing is a process that involves pushing ink through a woven mesh stencil onto fabric. The stencil opening creates the space through with the ink will go, to create the design. The ink is then pushed over the mesh, pulled by a fill blade or squeegee. As the blade is pulled, the ink is pushed through the mesh, onto the garment.

Things you should know about screen printing:
Because of the technique of screen printing, only one color can be applied at a time. Therefore, the amount of colors in a t-shirt a limited, and each layer demands more time, another screen and stencil, and ultimately, more money. Screenprinting is a good choice for simple designs, one solid color, and when you’re making many t-shirts of the same design at a time.

  Pros Cons
Direct to Garment (DTG)
  • extensive color options
  • maximum detail in design
  • suitable for small batches
  • minimal upfront investment
  • easily customized design
  • not cost effective for extremely large batches
Screenprinting
  • cost effective for large batches
  • versatile design placement
  • the more you order, the cheaper they are (volume discounts)
  • not cost effective for multiple colors
  • can only print simple shapes
  • large upfront investment
  • one design per batch