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If you're new to the world of custom t-shirt design, you might be curious about what Direct to Garment (DTG) printing entails. DTG printing is a game-changer in the textile industry, and we're excited to share how it can bring your vision to life. Here's what you need to know:

1. Exceptional Detail and Color Range: DTG printers function similarly to the desktop inkjet printer you might have at home, but instead of paper, they print directly onto fabric. This allows for exceptional detail and an unlimited color range - intricate designs and full-color photographs come out beautifully.

2. Ideal for Small Batches and One-Offs: DTG is perfect for small batch orders and unique one-off designs. Since there's no need for screen setup, as with traditional screen printing, we can efficiently produce even a single custom t-shirt.

3. Eco-Friendly: DTG printers use water-based inks that are more eco-friendly compared to plastisol inks used in screen printing. Plus, the precision of the printer means less ink waste.

4. Soft Feel: Because the ink is directly absorbed into the fabric, printed areas retain the original feel of the shirt. The print is less likely to crack or peel over time compared to traditional methods, ensuring a soft feel and durability.

5. Design Considerations: DTG works best on 100% cotton t-shirts, but it can also work well on cotton blend and light-colored shirts. For best results, high resolution and clear artwork are recommended.

6. Quick Turnaround: With no setup required, DTG allows for quick turnaround times, so you can have your custom shirts in your hands faster.

7. Care Instructions: Custom shirts made with DTG printing should be turned inside out before washing and dried on a low setting. This ensures the longevity of your shirt and keeps your design vibrant!

We hope this gives you a better understanding of Direct to Garment printing. If you have any questions or would like further information, don't hesitate to reach out to us!

To ensure the highest quality print when using our Brother GTX printer, it's important that your submitted images meet the following minimum requirements:

  1. File Format: Please submit your images in PNG, TIFF, or PSD format. These formats preserve the quality of the image and allow for transparency, which is essential for accurate printing. JPEG is also acceptable, but not recommended for complex designs as this format can compress and distort the image quality.
  2. Resolution: Your image should have a resolution of at least 300 dpi (dots per inch) at the actual size you want it printed. Higher resolutions will result in clearer, more detailed prints.
  3. Color Mode: The image should be in RGB color mode. While our Brother GTX printer uses CMYK+ White inks, it is calibrated to accurately interpret RGB data for the most vibrant and true-to-life colors.
  4. Size: Your image size should match the size you want it printed on the shirt. The maximum print area for the Brother GTX printer is 16” x 21”.
  5. Design Considerations: For the best results, ensure there are no stray pixels around your design. If your design requires a transparent background, make sure it's correctly set in your image file.

Please note, images not meeting these requirements may result in lower quality prints or delays in your order. If you need help with your image file or have any questions regarding these requirements, please don't hesitate to contact us.

When submitting your designs for printing with our Brother GTX printers, understanding the difference between white and transparent backgrounds is crucial.

White Backgrounds:

If your image has a white background, the printer will interpret the white area as part of the design and print it onto the garment. This means if you are printing on a colored or dark shirt, a layer of white ink will be printed first, followed by the rest of your design on top of that. This can sometimes result in an unintended 'box effect' around your design.

Transparent Backgrounds:

A transparent background, on the other hand, is invisible and allows the color of the garment to show through. When printing, the Brother GTX printer will ignore the transparent areas and print only the design, allowing the shirt color to serve as the backdrop. This is particularly beneficial when you want your design to seamlessly integrate with the shirt color.

To remove a white background and make it transparent, you can use graphic design software like Adobe Photoshop or free online tools. Keep in mind, file types such as JPEG don't support transparency, so save your image as a PNG or TIFF to preserve the transparent background.

Remember, choosing the correct background for your design will significantly impact the final product. If you need help determining the best choice for your design or need assistance in modifying your background, our team is always here to help.

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