Digital t-shirt printing or Direct-To-Garment (DTG) printing is a relative newcomer to the t-shirt printing game, centring around a wide format inkjet printer that prints directly onto the surface of a t-shirt or garment. Printers like this have existed since the mid 2000’s, but the technology has come a long way since then. There are many different types of digital t-shirt printers out there, but here at TPB HQ, we have two DTG printers from the market-leaders, Kornit, that offer exceptional print quality with superior washability. The efficiency of these DTG printers is what makes one-off t-shirt printing possible, so you can order just one t-shirt and still have a retail quality result at a surprisingly low cost.
What makes digital printing at The Print Bar unique?
Our Kornit Storm Hexa DTG printers have the widest colour gamut in the market, which means unmatched colour availability and accuracy for artwork and designs. They also use eco-friendly, biodegradable inks which adhere to strict industry standards. They’re quite an impressive sight, measuring in at 2.9m x 2.1m x 1.7m, and weighing a whopping 2200kgs each. We love having customers in to see them firsthand.
How long do digital t-shirt prints last?
With the right care (it’s not rocket science), your flashy new digital prints will last for many years to come, and could even outlive the shirt. To lock this in, we recommend washing inside-out with cold water and then air-drying on a coat hanger instead of opting for a lazy dryer.
Because our DTG printers use water based inks, our digital t-shirt prints have a retail quality touch. On dark garments the prints sit on top of the fabric so you can feel them but on white garments the ink almost goes into the fabric and so the print feels very soft to touch.
What types of orders suit digital t-shirt printing?
Digital printing is perfect for smaller orders (1-19 units) and photographic images. Our DTG printers replicate colours and gradients with exceptional accuracy for photographic reproductions. If you’re ordering a large order with a design that doesn’t have many colours, we recommend you opt for a screen-printed solution, click here to learn more.
How do I get a good digital print result?
To get a good print result you need to use a high resolution image. The easiest way to check image resolution is to zoom in on your screen to the scale you want it printed and see if it looks blurry or crisp. If you’re a little more tech savvy, ensure your image is at least 300DPI at the dimensions you want printed. For digital prints, we recommend uploading a .png file or a high res .tiff file (note that for screen printing orders we recommend an .eps file). Our Online Designer will give you an indication of the quality of your upload.
How long do orders take?
For regular orders it takes roughly seven business days to order, print & dispatch your custom t-shirts. We also have a rush option available during checkout so you can receive your order within 3 business days. If you’re desperately in need of something with 24 hours, we also have a same day t-shirt printing option here.
Delivered or pickup-ready whenever you want:
Standard 7-10 business days
Rush 4 business days
Overnight 24 hours
Custom T-shirts, no minimums!
We know you’ve got the creative bug in you. That’s why we’ve made it easy for you to create your very own custom t-shirt. Upload your favorite text or photo, customize your shirt and hit print. It’s that simple. Don’t have the creative mojo flowing? Don’t worry: Our talented artists will do the hard work for you. Peruse hundreds of original designs at The Art Bar, from nerdy to inspiring to pop culture. All of our shirts are made with 100% cotton and printed with long-lasting water-based ink.