What is DTG Printing?

DTG stands for “direct to garment” printing. With DTG, a printer directly applies the ink to the clothing item with inkjet technology. This concept is similar to printing on paper, except that it’s on apparel. The desired design is printed directly onto the garment, hence direct to garment, with a special printer using water-based inks, which are absorbed by the fibers of the garment (Source: printi.com).

Equipped with this new technology, we here at Huckleberry Apparel can offer services for smaller order quantity of less than 12-pieces.

DTG vs Screen Printing

Both printing methods produce quality prints. Depending on your project of choice, one method may be preferred over another.

Cost Effective

  • DTG printing
    For small batches or one-offs, DTG is the option for you. Garment printers work like a regular printer and can only print one garment at a time. Since the process does not require the creation of a screen, a single garment is much cheaper this way.
  • Screen printing
    For large batches with a single color and simple design, screen printing is the way to go. A special screen stencil has to be made for the design, so the more garments the better to make it worth your while.


  • DTG printing
    Since DTG printing is more precise than screen printing, you can achieve designs, or even photographs, with finer detail.  There are fewer limitations with color an design when using a DTG printer.
  • Screen printing
    Screen printed items require a special stencil for each design. The more intricate and colorful the design, the more stencils needed for a single garment. It’s best to keep your design simple if you are going with the screen printing method.

Color capabilities

  • DTG printing
    Since DTG printing does not use a stencil, the ink is applied in thinner quantities to achieve the high detail of many designs or photographs that are desired. A DTG printer works the same way as a regular printer in that it applies all the inks at one time. When printing on fabric colors other than white, a white underlayer is included to allow the colors to pop more.
  • Screen printing
    Only one color can be printed at a time and per stencil when screen printing. That means for each color you want, a new stencil needs to be made, which means more time and money. Screen printing is the best option for achieving high levels of vibrancy as the inks are applied thicker than DTG inks.