Digital printing or direct to garment printing as it is sometimes known as is a relatively new concept and works in the same way as an inkjet printer but we use T-shirts instead of paper.


What is Direct to garment printing?

We now have over 5 years experience of printing digitally and have recently upgraded our machinery to the latest versions. This has enabled us to produce superb results for our customers. The quality of the t-shirt has a direct effect on the quality of the prints that can be achieved and every t-shirt will print in a different way.

At the moment 100% cotton t-shirts are a must but things are moving as ink manufacturers develop new ink and we hope to be able to print onto 100% polyester very soon. The T-shirts with the tighter weave will give you the best results, so we recommend staying away from the very cheapest end of our range.

Cheaper digital machines are limited to printing onto white t-shirts and also limited in size of print, we don’t have such limitations and we print on all colours of shirts and can print a massive 610 x 450cm.

Our ink manufactures recommend a 30c wash, although we are very happy with our wash results at 40c. For best results artwork should be produced to 300dpi but we are able to achieve satisfactory results with lower resolution and we can help with this if your artwork is not high enough resolution. Digital printing works best when using artwork with tones, gradients and shading.

With digital printing the print will vary depending on the brand and type of t-shirt we print on and we can advise you on this, depending on your design and budget. The Continental Clothing NO3 will give superb prints.

Advantages of DTG printing

  • it produces high resolution prints
  • great for detailed designs
  • no set-up costs
  • no minimum order
  • print area as big as 45 x 61cm

Disadvantages of DTG printing

  • can only print onto 100% cotton garments
  • can be expensive
  • some variations between prints can occur


  • create high resolution files of 300dpi, or 72dpi with extremely large dimensions
  • save your artwork as png, jpeg, pdf, psd, ai or eps
  • save your files in CMYK mode and not RGB as this is the preferred format for printing (a simple way to do this is Photoshop - > Mode - > CMYK Color)
  • make sure the image has got a transparent background
  • avoid effects (drop shadow effects, faded edges, glow effect, reduced opacity) especially for printing onto dark garments
  • rasterise type to avoid it being replaced with a default one (you can easily do this with Photoshop -> Type -> Rasterize Type)

What our customer say about our digital prints

Despite the mother of all client deadline issues, Shirtworks came through with flying colours.I think the first time I used Shirtworks was 1986, so something must be working!

- John

Our company needed an urgent and good value sweatshirt order. *** was helpful and responsive throughout the process and helped us get the best deal for our requirements. The jumpers were not only looked exactly as we hoped but arrived early too. Thanks, Shirtworks!

- Lauren

*** was friendly and helpful over the phone and *** was patient and very quick to respond to alterations to the mock-ups. The t-shirts were delivered on time. The print quality is perfect. You've made us very happy and I'm looking forward to placing further orders with you.

- Chris