Decoration Methods

Select the on-demand decoration method that is best for you, and ensure your artwork is properly set up!
Updated 6 months ago

Direct To Garment (DTG)

Direct-to-garment, or DTG, is a decoration method that sprays water based ink directly onto the garment. The ink then soaks into the fibers of the garment and cures with the assistance of a pretreat. It is similar to printing on paper, but on fabric!

Since the ink is water based, 100% cotton garments are recommend. However, there are some blends within our catalog which have been tested and approved.

Preparing your art for DTG: Your file should be at least 300dpi with a minimum line weight of 1. Formatted as either .png .svg .ai .eps .pdf .psd, .tif, .tiff. 


Direct To Film (DTF)

Direct-To-Film, or DTF, is a decoration method where the ink is applied to a piece of film vs directly onto the fabric. This pre-printed film is adhered to the garment through heat and pressure from a heat-press machine.

Unlike DTG, you do not have the same fabric restrictions. This means you can utilize the DTF on-demand decoration with blended and polyester garments.

Preparing your art for DTF: Your file should be at least 300dpi with a minimum line weight of 1. Formatted as either .png .svg .ai .eps .pdf .psd, .tif, .tiff


Embroidery 

Embroidery is a popular decoration method where a machine uses a needle and thread to stitch a design and logos to hats, polos, hoodies, and more!

This method has grown in popularity within the on-demand market as a go-to method to provide an end client with a high quality decoration. 

Preparing your art for Embroidery: Your file must be digitized in .dst format prior to starting your order. When selecting a file for embroidery, you should eliminate any small details or fonts which may be unable to translate when sewout.

Ensure your file has a minimum font size of .20" on all lettering. This allows for the stitch to be clean on most materials depending on densities and the designs digitization. In addition, all details within a design should be larger than 1.75mm wide

If you have concerns over the quality of your file for embroidery, we recommend consulting with your digitizer. 


Laser Engraving

Laser Engraving is a decoration method where the laser acts as a chisel, incising marks by removing layers from the surface of the material. The laser hits localized areas with massive levels of energy to generate the high heat required for vaporization. 

Popular products to Engrave would be drinkware, cutting boards, and other accessories. 

Preparing your art for Laser Engraving: Laser Engraving does restrict your art to be formatted as 1 color (black)


Sublimation (Drinkware)

Sublimation is a decoration process where a design is inversely printed onto specific transfer paper. It is then wrapped around the end product. Once heat is applied, the image adheres to the product from the transfer paper. 

Currently, we are offering the sublimation process exclusively on drinkware. 

Preparing your art for sublimation: Your file should be at least 300dpi and formatted as either .png .svg .ai .eps .pdf .psd, .tif, .tiff

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