Printing Methods

Direct to garment (dtg)

- No min order.

- Soft and breathable.

- Able to print gradients.

- Most suitable for 100% cotton material.


Film transfer (or DTF)

- No min order.

- Vibrant and sharp prints.

- Able to print gradients.

- Papery hand feel.

- Min. 10px or 0.85mm lines/strokes.


- 20 pcs min order.

- Solid and opaque print result.

- Rubbery hand feel.

- Cheaper with higher quantity.

- Able to match pantone colours.

- Unable to print gradients or photos.

We offer 3 main types of printing methods and availability of each method depends on the substrate.

1) Direct to Garment (DTG) printing method.

DTG is a water-based ink technology that prints directly onto a shirt. There is no order minimum and no limit to the number of colours in your design. The prints are soft and breathable, and a little rough on coloured tees. This method works best for designs to blend in with the garment colour.

100% cotton material works best for DTG printing. However, prints on white colour fabric are less vibrant because the ink is absorbed into the material and there is no white ink printed.

2) Film Transfer (DTF) printing method.

DTF is also done using water-based ink onto a substrate and subsequently pressed onto a shirt. There is no order minimum and no limit to the number of colours in your design. This method produces vibrant colours and excellent sharp prints across a wide range of materials, with a slight paper/plastic hand feel.

However, there is a minimum size of the text or design at 10px or 0.85mm. Designs smaller than this will be affected and slightly altered/loss. 

3) Silkscreen printing is the most traditional printing method and there is a minimum of 20 pcs due to the setup involved for each design.

This method uses rubber ink and is possible to print special colours like gold, silver, and neon colours as well as pantone colours. The print result is the most opaque and has a rubbery feel.


Consider the following factors:

·      With DTG printing, it’s important to consider fabric material and garment colour. The same colour value will look a little different on 100% cotton vs. a fabric blend. Similarly, the same colour value will look different when printed on a light vs. dark coloured garment.

·      Different printing methods will have a different look and feel. The same colour value will look different with each method.

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