Direct to Garment

Direct-to-Garment Printing is the Wave of the Future

Direct-to-garment printing has a shorter turnaround time than screen printing and is more conducive to a smaller run of printed clothing.

Direct-to-garment printing (DTG or D2) uses inkjet printers to print directly onto a garment. This is a relatively new process and is currently growing in popularity.

There are many differences between DTG printing and traditional screen printing, although they each have advantages. However, as direct-to-garment printing becomes more popular, it is easy to see how it could become the wave of the future.

Régimbal Group have the equipment and expertise to create that one-of-a-kind high-definition article of clothing through direct-to-garment printing.

Comparisons Between Traditional Screen Printing and Direct-to-Garment

Although screen printing and DTG each have advantages, differing techniques between the two lead to differences in appearance.

Screen printing has been the graphic t-shirt standard for decades and is still the most commonly used method. Direct-to-garment printing offers a new and more advanced technology to present graphic art on clothing.

One of the main differences between direct-to-garment printing and screen printing is that it is more time effective when using multiple colours to do a production run of fewer items with DTG printing – there is less initial setup involved.

DTG colour profiles also allow for realistic graphics to be printed, especially if an sRGB profile is used rather than the standard CYMK. The additional colours permit DTG printers to print photographic images on garments.

DTG printing gives the printer added control over its paint jets, which provides vivid detail.

Some Additional Differences Between Screen and DTG Printing

DTG printing has some advantages in technology and innovation being that it is a more recently developed printing process
DTG printing gives graphics a high degree of detail. Inkjet digital printing creates high-resolution high-definition images.
Because DTG printing works directly from a computer file image, it reproduces the same image with the same programmed ink each time. That means the hundredth shirt printed will exhibit the same clarity as the first.
Water-Based Inks
Most traditional screen printers use plastisol ink, which contains plastics, but DTG uses water-based ink, which does not contain plastic and is water-soluble.
Small Order Friendly
Direct-to-garment printers work best on small runs of shirts. For larger runs, however, it is still suggested to utilize the traditional screen-printing process.

Direct-to-Garment as a Practical Alternative

Although traditional screen printing will continue to lead the pack in terms of quality and availability, direct-to-garment printing offers some new alternatives.
Here are a few other differences between traditional screen printing and direct-to-garment printing:

  • Texture: When direct-to-garment printing is applied to white shirts, the fabric directly absorbs the DTG ink, making the hand feel slightly softer than with other printing methods.
  • Convenience: DTG printing operates directly from a computer-based digital image to the programmed ink jets – no mesh screen or stencil needs to be set up.
  • Reprints: Just as DTG printing lends itself readily to small orders, it is also ideal for reprints and rush orders.


Direct-to-garment printing enjoys many advantages of modern technology. It will never take the place of screen printing, but it stands beside it as a sustainable printing method.

Régimbal Group has a bilingual in-house production staff that is prepared to answer questions about the differences between traditional screen printing and direct-to-garment printing.

If you are wondering whether direct-to-garment printing will work best with your design or logo, contact Régimbal Group, and we can let you know.

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