Direct-To-Garment (DTG) Printing

Direct-to-Garment (DTG) printing offers color flexibility and is perfect for full-color custom t-shirts that don’t meet screen printing minimums. It’s best suited for cotton fabric and not recommended for synthetics.

It does have a higher cost per unit than traditional screen printing and isn’t ideal for bulk orders (which we recommend for screen printing). Where DTG printing excels is producing vibrant, full-color custom prints on a small scale. We can print 1 to 36 items per order.

Setting up a DTG order

To move forward with a DTG (Direct-to-Garment) order, we need some specific details. Once we have all the necessary information, we’ll provide you with a customized quote.

  1. Your Logo/Art. We recommend providing PNG files, ideally at 300 to 600 dpi. However, files that can be opened in Photoshop or Illustrator are also acceptable.
  2. Let us know the requested print size (maximum: 15″ wide by 18″ tall). If your image is already sized in inches for printing, that’s very helpful too.
  3. Garment type(s) and color(s).
  4. Total number of items you want printed.

Note that pricing is based on ink usage, not color count as in traditional screen printing. Dark items require pre-treatment and a white ink underbase, while white garments do not.

Here’s a overview of our price brackets per design (Please note that the price breaks apply to the quantity of each matching graphics and not varying designs with in an order):

  • 1 to 5 items
  • 6 to 12 items
  • 13 to 23 items
  • 24 to 36 items
  • 37 to 72 items (*Note: 37+ pricing is only available for white cotton items that do not require a pre-treatment.)

The DTG Printing Process

Introduced in Florida in 1996, DTG printing has become a popular method for custom clothing printing. Unlike screen printing, which uses multiple screens for each color, DTG resembles a standard printer.

During the DTG printing process, colored garments receive pre-treatment before design application, enhancing ink bond for durability. White cotton garments do not require pretreatment, reducing costs for these items. DTG employs specialized inkjet technology, applying screen printing ink via the print head. Designs are then cured and smoothed using a heat press.

Note: Pre-treatment and pressing may cause temporary square marks post-production, which washing removes.

DTG delivers vivid, colorful, and lasting designs!


Depending if DTG or traditional screen printing will suit your needs best, will pick the best printing process for you based on the shirt color and graphic provided by you! Request a quote today!


Mike Digregorio is the sole owner of Porkchop LLC
Rachel Lush is the General Manager

Pork Chop Screen Printing