Experiments with Direct-to-Garment Printing

February 9th, 2009 by Larry

Georgios and I have been playing around with the idea of direct to garment printing lately. We’ve found that the printing process is quite fickle, painstaking, and pricey, although the results are usually really nice when done properly. It’s can become as irritable as troubleshooting your ink-jet printer at home. In my honest opinion, it seems that this will be the way of the future for tee printing, but the technology for consistency and efficiency isn’t quite “there” yet. Check out more photos of the PROCESS Iris tee from our direct to garment experiment after the jump.

White is the first color to be printed


Cyan, Magenta, and Yellow get printed at once.

The level of detail is nice.

A completed print takes about 6 minutes to run. A little long if you have to print 500+ units

4 Responses

  1. Ted Says:

    definitely the way to go for really detailed one-offs. i wonder how big it could go?

  2. Georgios Says:

    Thanks to Tito from Fallen Arrows for showing us the process.

  3. Megan Says:

    hey i know those photos!

  4. Stickerfly Says:

    What a cool design project! Love the pix. Direct to garment may still be in its infancy, but there are many dependable garment printers out there who can print shirts like this cheaply–with an added bonus being that you can parlay the same digital file into custom stickers, very cool.

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