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Direct To Garment (DTG) Printing

Direct-to-garment (DTG) printing is a process by which a digital image is printed directly onto your apparel using cutting edge printing technology and inks. With this process, we can print any quantity order in full vibrant color for an affordable price. As always, we guarantee excellent quality, incredible consistency, and super-cheap prices with every order.

Direct to Garment DTG Printing - Past Customer Examples

The quality and unique result of the DTG printing process we provide for our clients is what makes them come back time and time again.

The Direct to Garment Printing Process

The DTG Process Broken down in 6 Easy Step

Step 1: Design Preparation:

This initial step involves preparing the digital design. We utilize specialized software to format your design into a print-ready file, adjusting for optimal color representation and print quality.

Step 2: Garment Pre-treatment:

Before printing, the garment is pre-treated with a special solution. This pre-treatment process ensures the ink adheres properly to the fabric, resulting in vibrant colors and sharp image quality.

Step 3: Machine Setup:

Next, we set up the DTG printer with your specific design. This involves loading the garment into the machine and aligning it properly to ensure precise placement of your design.

Step 4: Printing:

In this phase, the DTG printer uses a specialized inkjet technology to print the design directly onto the garment. The printer applies the ink in a manner similar to a home inkjet printer, but on a larger and more complex scale.

Step 5: Heat Pressing:

Once the garment has been printed, it goes through a heat press. This step cures the ink, helping it bond to the fabric fibers and ensuring the design is durable and wash-resistant.

Step 6: Quality Control & Shipment:

The final stage is quality control. Each printed garment is inspected to ensure design accuracy and quality. Once approved, your order is carefully packaged and sent to you, bringing your unique DTG printed pieces straight to your doorstep.

Best File Types & Design Tips

Vector file formats like .ai, .svg, and .dxf are the preferred choice for DTG printing projects due to their scalability without loss of quality. Unlike raster images, which can become pixelated when resized, vector files maintain their integrity, ensuring sharp and clean print results. Additionally, these formats allow for easy manipulation of individual elements, making color separations and adjustments more straightforward for the DTG printing process.

Popular DTG Product Styles

Custom T-Shirts

Bulk Wholesale Custom T-Shirts engraved with logo for your business or event

Custom Sweatshirts & Hoodies

Bulk Wholesale Custom Crewneck Sweatshirts and Hoodies printed with logo for your business or event

Custom Activewear

Shirt, White, Product, Jersey, Azure, Sleeve, Font, Sportswear, Aqua, T-shirt

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DTG Printing - Frequently Asked Questions

Everything you need to know about Direct to Garment Printing on Apparel!

How much does Custom Printed DTG Apparel cost?

The price of your customized tumblers depends on a handful of things such as the style of mug you choose, how many cups you order, and number of sides you print or engrave. Kodiak is happy to offer bulk volume discount pricing on all Custom Tumbler orders.

Is there a Minimum Order Quantity for Custom DTG Printing?

Yes, due to the customization process, we have a minimum order requirement of $250 on Bulk Pricing Orders. However, we offer single unit sample orders to test out our products as well as low minimal order options for those only looking to order a few units. 

Can I get my Company Logo Printed on Apparel using DTG Printing?

Absolutely! We specialize in printing company logos on tumblers, making them perfect for promotional events, corporate gifts and employee gifts, or branded merchandise.

Can I get a Sample Shirt DTG Printed before placing a Large Order?

Absolutely! We understand the importance of quality, so we offer sample tumblers for you to review before committing to a larger order. This ensures you're satisfied with the final product. You can checkout all of our sample options in our samples collection here.

Why is DTG Printing becoming so Popular?

Custom tumblers have become increasingly sought-after as gifts and giveaways, and a recent study done in 2023 by Advertising Specialty Institution (ASI) underscores their effectiveness. These personalized drinkware items can generate up to 3,162 impressions over their lifetime, ensuring that a business or event remains top-of-mind for long after receiving the drinkware. A significant 63% of consumers have indicated that they would retain and utilize a custom tumbler for at least a year, emphasizing its lasting appeal. Additionally, 30% of consumers are more inclined to engage with an advertiser that gifted them with logo drinkware. Given these compelling statistics, it's evident that custom tumblers, with their blend of functionality and simple business branding promotion, are a favorite choice for both personal gifts and bulk promotional giveaways.

What are the Benefits of Direct to Garment Printing?

Brand Visibility: Custom tumblers can generate up to 3,162 impressions over their lifetime, ensuring consistent brand exposure.

Customer Loyalty:30% of consumers are more likely to engage with a business that gifts them logoed drinkware.

Cost-Effective Marketing: The cost per impression for a $10 insulated travel mug is just 1/3 of a cent, offering a high return on investment.

Long-Term Use: 63% of consumers will keep and use a custom tumbler for at least a year, ensuring prolonged brand promotion.

Eco-Friendly Promotion: Reusable tumblers reduce the need for disposable cups, showcasing a business's commitment to sustainability.

Versatile Marketing Tool: Suitable for various events, from trade shows to corporate meetings.

Personalized Touch: Customization allows businesses to connect with their audience on a personal level.

Increased Brand Recall: Regular use of the tumbler ensures that consumers frequently remember and associate with the brand.

Practicality: As functional items, they cater to a daily need, ensuring that they're used often.

What is the Difference between a Direct to Garment and Screen Printing?

While both customized tumblers and travel mugs serve the purpose of holding beverages on the go, there are few small differences.  Custom tumblers typically do not have a handle built in and have a wider base and are designed to fit car cup holders, making them ideal for both cold and hot drinks. Travel mugs, on the other hand, often come with handles and are primarily designed for hot beverages. Both can be personalized, but custom tumblers offer a more surface area for branding and designs.

What are Some Popular Use Cases for Custom Apparel?

Custom logo tumblers are versatile and find use in various scenarios. They're popular as corporate gifts, promoting brand loyalty among employees. Businesses also use them as giveaways at trade shows or events, ensuring brand visibility. Additionally, they're favored as merchandise for cafes or stores, and even as personalized gifts for special occasions or celebrations, and finally they are becoming a popular item for school sports teams and make a great fundraising item!

Who all Buys Customized Apparel?

Kodiak has a huge selection of to choose and customize on. Our offering includes personalized apparel for everyone from kids to adults and many specific women's styles, including long sleeve T-shirts, v-neck T-shirts, performance T-shirts, soft and fitted T-shirts, and more!

How Many Custom Shirts Should I Buy?

Whether you're just looking for one special tumbler or you're a big company needing a large quantity, we've got you covered. The number of custom tumblers you should purchase depends on the occasion and your budget. Most Importantly, we offer bulk volume pricing, meaning the more you order, the more savings you'll enjoy. Whatever your needs, we're here to provide the best value for your investment.

What are the Care Instructions for DTG Printed items?

Yes! We are happy to announce now that all of our customized drinkware is now dishwasher safe! If you prefer to hand wash the mugs, that is totally fine as well.

How is my Logo or Design added with the DTG Printing Process?

Your custom tumbler order will have your logo or design printed either by laser engraving, or UV Full Color Printing depending on the product you order. Laser Engraved customization works by removing the powder coating finish on the tumblers to reveal your logo or design in stainless steel. This is by far our most popular option and provides a premium, and unique long lasting product. UV Printing works by printing your full color logo directly onto the mug.  

How Long does it take to Receive my Order of Custom DTG Apparel?

With priority processing, we can ship your custom tumbler order in as little as 1-3 business days. Shipping times will depend on your location but we ship UPS Ground from Green Bay Location and most orders arrive within 2-3 business days of initial shipping date. Need it faster? We will do our best to meet any deadline!

Are DTG Prints Permanent, or will they Fade Over Time?

Our advanced uv printing and laser engraving techniques ensure that your new customized cups will last a lifetime and resistant to fading, even with daily use use.

What if I'm Not Satisfied with my Custom DTG Order?

Customer satisfaction & Long term relationships is our top priority. With our digital proofing system we ensure you are 100% satisfied with how your design or logo will look engraved on the drinkware before ever starting your order. If you confirm the digital proof and receive your order and are still not happy with the product, please contact our customer service team, and we'll work with you to address any concerns or provide a suitable solution.

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