What is Direct to Garment
Direct to garment
printing works similar to your inkjet desktop printer. The
unique patented garment ink is deposited directly onto the
shirt, with no burning of screens, setup, or registration
What is the difference between screen-printing, embroidery,
and digital printing (DTG)?
Embroidery reproduces your logo by stitching it with thread.
Screen-printing reproduces your design by printing it with plastisol inks through a mesh screen. Digital printing
reproduces your logo by printing the design directly on the
shirt with the use of a specialized ink jet printer and
specifically engineered textile inks.
Screen-printing and embroidery can be done on any
color/style/material of garment. Digital garment printing can be done
on any color item, but is only guaranteed on high cotton
printing requires the creation of one screen per each color
layer. This increases the cost for multiple color
jobs, which can drive consumers to less than optimal designs.
Direct to garment
printing allows for unlimited colors to be printed with no
additional cost. Photographs, drawings, complex images,
and color gradients can all be printed with unrivaled clarity
In addition, screen printing yields a maximum resolution of 72
dots per inch (DPI), while the direct to garment process can
print an image with 8x to 10x precision (in excess of 600
DPI)--near perfect quality--with no halftone dots.
Is digital printing the same as the iron-ons you can make at
NO! There are variety of digital printing methods available
today. For most shirts, we use a Digital Garment Printer, which
is a large format printing machine that applies ink directly
onto the garment.
Can direct-to-garment printing be applied on dark shirts?
great on dark shirts!
DTG-printing feels slightly different on
dark versus light shirts, but that is due to a pre-treatment and
(typically) an underbase. The quality is the same.
Does direct-to-garment printing cost more on
process is more expensive due to the pre-treatment and white
underbase. (The white underbase makes the colors more vibrant.)
What are your printed design size limitations (e.g., 11” x
printing can be very large; however, our DTG
printing process supports a standard maximum size of 12" x 15".
How close to the edge of a shirt are you able to
typically--closer may be possible but would be determined on an
Does direct-to-garment printing cost the same
regardless of the number of colors?
Yes. One big
advantage of DTG printing is that it does not matter how many
colors there are. They are laid down at the same time.
How consistent is your printing process?
In a word,
VERY. Our direct-to-garment and
custom screen printing processes
are designed to ensure print quality and placement is
What is the minimum order size?
There are no
minimums at Great Apparel for You; however, embroidery and
screen-printing orders are typically much more cost-effective if
you order at least 12 items. For
Direct-To-Garment printing (DTG),
quantity is not an issue.
Since there are no
set-up fees with DTG, it can be economical to print a single
item. This is especially ideal for family reunions, small
businesses, or anything requiring personalization.
Can I mix sizes and colors?
Yes! You can mix sizes, styles, and colors of shirts any way
you like. We price accordingly and often suggest ways for you
to minimize cost while still getting what you want.
I want a shirt/hat that’s not in your catalog on your
website. Can you get it?
Most likely yes. We have access to hundreds of brands of
shirts and caps.
How long does production take?
Production time depends on the type and quantity of items
ordered. Most items ship in 7-10 business days. If you require receipt
by a specific date or you need "rush" items, please let us know
and we can usually make it happen. In fact for some orders, if
we have blank garments in stock, we are able to provide same-day
service (with an expedite fee).
What are your payment terms?
Custom printed or embroidered orders are pre-paid for all
first-time customers. We accept
checks, PayPal, Visa, MasterCard, and American Express.
Is there sales tax?
Only if you reside in Illinois.
How do I reorder?
We keep your design on file for easy future ordering. If you
can’t remember the color or style you ordered, just ask and the
answer is seconds away. If you need to make changes to a design
or want to print it on different garments, we can handle that
for you, as well.
Will you ship directly to our customers?
We do ship
directly to your customer. We can also package your garment and
brand it with your company logo.
Can you carry American Apparel Sustainable
Edition Fine Jersey Short Sleeve Tees (100% organic cotton) and
HT Naturals Men's and Women's crewneck Tees?
We can get any garments; however, if our web
fulfillment clients choose
to offer garments that are not available through our primary
HERE), additional charges may apply. In this case, our
web fulfillment clients typically pre-order garments in bulk to receive quantity
discounts, and they store blanks at our facility so they are
ready to print as the orders come in.
What does Pique mean? What is Jersey Knit?
Pique is a knitting method that creates a fine textured mesh
surface. It is the most common knit for polo shirts. Jersey
Knit is smooth knit fabric. If you look at and feel a polo
shirt and it is textured, it is probably a Pique Knit. If it is
smooth like a t-shirt, it is a Jersey Knit.
Which is better 50/50 or 100% cotton?
That depends: 100% cotton is normally more popular because it
is comfortable, cool, and available in a greater variety of
styles and colors. You may want a 50/50 blend if the shirts you
are ordering are going to be heavily soiled. However, keep in
mind, if you are getting digital/DTG printing, you will need a
100% cotton garment.
What does the fabric weight mean? Is heavier better?
The fabric weight (i.e. 6.5 oz cotton) is the average weight of
the fabric per yard of cloth. Many people think heavier must be
better but that’s not always the case. Different fabric weights
are made to create different thicknesses, hands (how a shirt
feels), drapes, and wear. It's often a question of how the
consumer will use the garment.
we sell a practically bullet-proof 12 oz sweatshirt but hardly
anyone ever buys it. If you want to play soccer or work around
the yard you, would much prefer a mid-weight 9 oz sweatshirt.
If you were ice fishing, you'd want the 12 oz.
Do you charge differently based on the volume
of shirts printed?
on the quantity and opportunity. If you are an online print
order fulfillment customer, you may get high volume discounts on
all your orders regardless of size. In any case, there are
definitely volumes at which the cost and price to print per