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DTG Printing vs Screen Printing

DTG Printing vs Screen Printing

We are pretty sure that you have already researched what DTG and Screen printing is and maybe you already have an idea of what is the difference between them. But we believe that visualization is the key. So we thought of creating a comprehensive table where you can see the pros and cons to each method and decide what is better for you! 

Before we list all of the positives and negatives, we would like to give a few definitions, so the picture is completed.

What is DTG Printing?
DTG printing involves the use of a digital printer to apply ink directly onto the fabric of the apparel you’re customizing.

What is Screen Printing?
Screen printing is the classic, tried-and-true method of pushing ink through a woven mesh stencil onto the fabric.

DTG Printing

Screen Printing


  • Better option for small batches and one-off pieces (orders of less than 100 pieces)

  • Maximum detail in design that is easily customized

  • Extensive color options: DTG is printed using a digital printer, it has less color limitations than screen printing, which allows for more versatility since you are not required to match colors by inks and pantones

  • DTG prints colors more accurate to the original art file. DTG will match the artist’s original colors

  • DTG uses a printer to spray the ink into a garment

  • All of the designs in a batch can be unique

  • DTG can more accurately depict details without the compromise of knocking a design down into a certain number of colors. This particularly favors heavily colored and illustrated designs, gradients, and even photography

  • Minimal upfront investment

  • Most third-party printers have no order minimums for DTG products, so you don’t have to worry about keeping stock. This printing method also enables businesses to use printing services on-demand

  • Cost effective for large batches (100 pieces and more) with just a few limitations

  • The more product ordered, the   cheaper they are. Screen printing can average 1,000 garments and upwards per hour

  • Saturation is much higher in screen printing

  • Halftones with higher frequencies can be achieved nicely.

  • Screen printing layers the ink on top of the fabric


  • Not cost effective for extremely large batches

  • The DTG printing process is slower than Screen printing when it comes to huge orders

  • Simple designs and shapes are all that can be printed

  • Setting up the process can take a lot of time (up to a few days)

  • You have to order in bulk

  • Narrow number of colors (up to 8) and less cost effective the more colors used

  • Screen printing has to find the closest pantone match which can cause a bit of variation in design

  • Large upfront monetary investment

  • One design per batch

  • It’s unsustainable in the long run, especially if you want to offer a variety of colorful designs

The most important things to consider when choosing between them:

  • Are there fine details and/or many colors you want to incorporate? Or is it a simple design with only a few colors?
  • What is the size of the order – is it quite large or rather small?
  • Are you willing to invest in the stock upfront?

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How to choose the ideal artwork to print on your t-shirt

How to choose the ideal artwork to print on your t-shirt

We are completely aware of how important it is to express your inner beauty in a different, unique way. Well, it can be multiple ways and options and sometimes we just cannot think of the right one for us at this particular moment. Or, which is even worse, we cannot find a design that is exactly what we are looking for. 

You can sit down and draw your artwork by yourself. But not all of us have spent years studying design, so basically, not all of us can make a perfect design happen. And in some cases, even well-trained artists find it hard to come up with a design that would work perfectly on a t-shirt. 

So you guessed it right (hopefully, the title was clear enough!). We decided to guide you, our customers, through some very useful websites where you can find and download your perfect artwork free of charge. 

Hope you’re gonna like it! So we present you with the list of websites that are particularly useful when it comes to looking for a great design for free.


There you can find the best high-quality content: illustrations, photos, icons, mockups, and presentation templates etc.


2. Pixabay

On Pixabay, users can find and contribute quality images and footage films. For uploading files and downloading full sized images, a free registration is required. By uploading files, the contributors waive their copyright and related image rights.


3. Vecteezy

This is one of  the largest vector graphics community in the world. Here you can explore and discuss the creations of other artists from around the world, or just find that perfect little freebie for your next project. Vecteezy makes it easy to explore thousands of graphics created by vector artists from all over the globe. Most of the files are free to download and, depending on the license, free to use in your projects.


4. Unsplash

Here you can find over 1,000,000 free high-resolution photos brought to you by the world’s most generous community of photographers.


5. Death to Stock Photo

Death to Stock is a resource, belief system, and call to action for artists around the world who unite in their individual journeys to make their own way. They create and share beautiful unique media to be remixed, with more than 500,000 artists around the globe.


6. Gratisography

The world’s quirkiest collection of free high-resolution pictures, comprised of the world’s best, most creative images – photos you just won’t find anywhere else. All completely free to download without copyright restrictions.


7. Morguefile

Morguefile is a free photo archive “for creatives, by creatives.” It is a community-based free photo site, and all photos found in the Morguefile archive are free for you to download and re-use in your work, be it commercial or not. The photos have been contributed by a wide range of creatives from around the world, ranging from amateur photo hobbyists to professionals.


8. Stockvault

The web-site is a collection of high resolution photographs that photographers, designers and students can share and use for their personal and non-commercial design projects.


9. Pexels

Pexels provides high quality and completely free stock photos licensed under the Pexels license. All photos are nicely tagged, searchable and also easy to discover through our discover pages.


10. Picjumbo

It is a free stock photo site created in 2013 by designer & photographer Viktor Hanacek. It all started when all regular stock photo sites rejected his photos due to “lack of quality”. Two years later, people have downloaded more than 2,500,000+ pictures from picjumbo and now it’s one of the best sites with free stock photos featured in the biggest online publications.


11. Pikwizard

It is a huge library of stunning, high quality, royalty free stock images. No attribution required.


We wanted to take you through some of the most popular web-sites where you can easily find yourself the artwork of your dream, but there are more and it is always up to you to break all of the limits and create, create, create! 

We welcome you to our expanding community of people who cannot live without expressing themselves! And wish you the best in your search for the mind-blowing drawings, patterns, photos, etc. 

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How to care the DTG printed t-shirts

How to care the DTG printed T-shirts

It is no secret that clothes are often made of such materials that require a lot of care. And DTG shirts are no exception.

There are a few precautions that we want you to know before washing your DTG printed shirts. Those tips are easy to follow and won’t take a lot of time and thinking before applying but if you want your shirts to remain wearable and preserve the artwork we’d love to recommend you the following tricks.

First of all, it is best to wash your tees inside-out. It may be obvious but it is definitely one of the most important tips on the list. You can also use the zippy-bags for the delicate materials. This helps in preserving the ink on the fabric as well as protects the fabric itself from rubbing against other clothes while washing.

As to the washing machine settings, it is advised to go for cold water temperature and gentle cycle. Use mild laundry detergent and never use bleach. If you want to be 100% sure that your shirts will not be damaged after the washing cycle, separate whites and colored shirts as well.

Do not put your t-shirts in the drier, let them dry naturally (air-dry only). The heat from the drier accelerates the deterioration of the ink and the clothes can act unpredictably when being put in the machine.

How to avoid Sun staining on your pretreated colored shirts

Pretreatment is one of the key elements in DTG printing. It is designed to help the white ink sit on top of the shirt. The whole process implies using a specific solution and curing it before applying the ink. Pretreatment is commonly used to print full-colored images on t-shirts of different colors.

However, you should be careful with wearing colored garment right after the printing. It is widely recommended to wash your colored shirts or any piece of clothing before putting it on. If worn without washing there is a huge risk of sun staining. It happens to all of the garments, however, the most noticeable are light-colored shirts.

Such stains are impossible to get rid of. This is why we strongly advise washing any colored piece of clothing before exposing it to direct sunlight. This way your clothes will remain high-quality and will be safe to wear at any time of day or night.

Of course, with years of wearing your clothes will eventually get pilly and worn (duh!). But with those tips, you will make their lifespan bit longer and enjoy wearing your favorite designs for a few more years!

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Merch38 is the leader in printing personalized merchandise for gaming, online services, and many other types of customers. We provide a way for our customers to produce clothing that is exclusive, original, and practically designer quality.

Our flexibility, individualized approach to customers, short lead times, precision in implementing your design mockup, and of course the high quality of the merch itself would not be possible without one of the world’s most cutting-edge technologies—digital textile printing.

What makes digital textile printing so special for us? And why do we prefer using it over conventional screen printing?


Direct printing on t-shirts is done using natural fabrics. The technology allows us to convey up to 65,000 hues, make gradients, render extremely fine lines, and even print right onto seams. The digital method does not require intermediate steps and preparation—the subject is instantly sent to the printer.

The direct-to-garment (DTG) printer applies ink directly to an article of clothing by means of fluidics. This concept is similar to paper printing, with the main difference being the use of t-shirts instead of paper. The chosen design is printed directly onto the clothing with a specific printer that uses water-based inks that are absorbed by the shirt’s fibers.

To help you better decide which method to employ for garment printing, Merch38 has prepared a list of five main benefits of direct-to-garment printing over screen printing (SP).


One distinguishing characteristic of direct-to-garment printing is the ability to fulfill small orders without affecting pricing in any way. Because the DTG setup is completely digital, high-priced costs associated with screen printing are avoided, and single-unit or small orders are easy to produce. This also makes it ideal for sample orders, as well as for testing different designs and verifying the fine details of a graphic, the hue of a color, or even the quality of various components. Merch38 can then modify to your design as necessary.


Direct-to-garment printing takes place in an instant. In the course of ten minutes, you can move from a design to a fully ready t-shirt, an amazingly quick turnaround for the printing industry. In the time it takes for a conventional SP operation to finish setting up, we can print your order, wrap it in a bow, and have it ready for the delivery man to pick up. Our typical turnaround time is only 1-3 days (depending on the complexity and size of the order).


Direct-to-garment printing allows you to convey the full spectrum of colors upon your clothing. With conventional printing, colors within a design are differentiated and mixed immediately prior to the printing process. In DTG printing, the colors are mixed on the fly right inside the printer head. This means no painstaking color matching prior to printing, and no limits on hues and shading that you can accomplish. This technology really shines when you print photographs or other drawings that are rich in color and detail. As we love telling our customers: with DTG printing, any design is possible! Nowhere else can you find such a level of depth, detail, and color.


Direct-to-garment printing for t-shirts produces the most minute details of a drawing to a photographic level of preciseness, which is almost impossible to achieve in a traditional textile screen printing process. It’s for this reason that Merch38 recommends digital printing as one of the most effective methods of reproducing a photographic image on a t-shirt.


In a short previous blog post entitled “Why we love Hanes t-shirts” we explained how the quality of these shirts are not compromised during direct-to-garment printing. The sealed surface superbly preserves the structure of the material, and the fabric is able to breathe and is not covered by any additional protective layers of film. The image is resistant to UV rays, which means it will not fade. And of course you can iron, crease, and wash your shirt like any other piece of everyday clothing.

You would be hardpressed today to find anyone who doesn’t have a t-shirt in their wardrobe—this article of clothing has been around since the beginning of the 20th century. Sixty years later, in the age of the “flower children,” print t-shirts came into fashion and everyone who desired could express themselves and proclaim their views to the world.

The Merch38 team believes that clothing should not “stay silent.” Develop the most spectacular designs, declare your hopes and successes, and create your own story…and we’ll be happy to help you bring your imagination to life.

Merch38 is a B2B platform for printing merchandise​. We provide customized printed merchandise, fulfillment, and shipping 
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