Direct to garment printing (DTG) is printing on textiles using inkjet technology which usually
utilises specialised water-based inks. Most systems are CMYK however there are exceptions like the
Kornit DTG Hexachrome system. DTG is particularly effective for short runs, full colour printing,
or for reproducing fine detail.
STEP 1: PREPARING THE GARMENT
DTG usually requires a pre-treatment solution to be applied to the garment before the ink can
be printed on it. This solution is a “primer” that is designed to create a bond between the
ink and the garment. All dark coloured garments require this process but it is optional on
light coloured garments. Depending on the equipment, the pre-treatment may be applied by the DTG
printer or it may have to be applied beforehand in a separate process.