Hi design authors, Kate from the Content Specialist team here.
I recently worked with the review team to update our technical specifications for the t-shirts category.
For some time, we only accepted files prepared for screen printing. In recent years, digital textile printing has caught up in quality. Because of this, you can now submit full colour Direct to Garment print designs to the T-shirts category.
What is Direct to Garment Printing?
- Direct to garment printing (DTG) is a process that prints directly onto a garment.
- It uses similar technology to inkjet printing.
- The print is made using water-based inks that absorb into the fibres of the t-shirt.
Things to Know Before you Create a Direct to Garment T-shirt Design
- Direct to garment printing supports full-colour designs.
- Ink is layered to produce the print, because of this, the result isn’t as vibrant as a screen print.
- DTG cannot create fluorescent colours and metallics. It also changes the tone of extraordinarily bright and pastel colours. If your design requires these colours, we suggest that you create a screen print file.
- The updated guidelines specify that you save digital garment printing files as RGB. There are many different garment printers out there, and they will convert RGB data to a colour profile that matches their requirements.
This change will give you more creative freedom with your designs, and we look forward to seeing what you create!
You can find the updated submission article and other helpful resources in the Envato Author Help Center. T-Shirt Preparation Guidelines