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7 tips to Direct to Garment Printing

Direct to Garment Printing Overview

Direct to garment printers such as Kornit use inkjet heads made over in Israel. They are extremely expensive. To replace one head you are looking at $1,000.00 or more. The great thing about direct to garment printing is you can print in full CMYK color. Traditional silk screening has color limitations to around 4-6 colors.  The setup fees are nominal because your only ripping the file and not burning screens.

Water-Based Ink

Silk screening is terrible for the environment due to all the petroleum based chemicals in the ink. Most printers wash their ink out and it flows down trains into rivers, lakes and oceans, killing off precious fish and wildlife. The Kornit printers are water-based inks, that are environmentally friendly and great for children’s prints.

Cost Effective Printing

DTG is very cost effective, unlike silk screening that has screen burning and setups. All the DTG artist has to do is take a file from Photoshop and Rip in Quick P software and presto the dtg design is ready for the printer. All this technology was developed in Israel.

Types of Fabric to print on 

The best fabric to print on is 100% cotton. This will give you rich colors and details in the design. 50/50 Cotton/Poly also looks nice, however the colors will look a little faded. 100% poly we have to avoid due to ink migration etc.

Design Size

The max size for a print on a Kornit Storm 2  is 15″ wide by 19″ tall. The ink is extremely expensive and I highly recommend not using a large design.


There are many different types and sizes of pallets from sleeve to youth size. Each pallet has to be manually changed and there is an additional cost involved. Try to only print on the front side of the t-shirt, so it is cost effective.

Erik Mickelson

Northwest Custom Apparel

Feel free to call me with any questions 253-922-5793