Direct to Garment Printing

Direct to Garment printing is here at Kenco! A state of the art printer lays your design down directly onto your garment, printing over zippers, mixing subtle gradients in color, and achieving a vibrant and exact replica of your artwork. Check out this print of our resident artist's illustration brought to life on a T-shirt:

No, your eyes don't deceive you, that's printed on a tee! Traditional screen printing requires a separate screen for every color, seriously limiting your palette. Because the direct to garment printer mixes ink like a color inkjet printer, this method produces the subtle shading and wide variety of colors you see above. Traditional screen printing also comes with the disadvantage of not being able to go across zippers, due to the bulk of the zipper interfering with the flat surface of the screen. Because the printer hovers above the garment, zippers aren't an interference. Screens also take time and materials to set up, and the set up fees for traditional screen printing include a $25 charge per screen, while direct printing goes straight from the computer to the garment, at a substantial savings especially on small orders. Interested in getting a design printed with us? See our price list and ordering information below!

 

General Guidelines

  •      Production Schedule: 7-10 working days upon receipt of purchase order, art, merchandise, and approval. Rush Service available at an extra cost.
  •      Any merchandise unclaimed over 3 months will be donated to a worthy cause.

 

Art Guidelines

All artwork should be submitted as Vector art (.eps, .ai), or as high resolution .psd, .pdf, or .tiff (300 dpi minimum) with layers and transparent backgrounds. Converting artwork from 72 dpi to 300 dpi will not yield good results and in most cases will not be usable.

 

Garment Guidelines and Suggestions

  •      We only print on 100% cotton garments of any color, lighter colors normally print better.
  •      White and light colors can be made from blends or 100% polyester.
  •      No garment can be treated with a stain resistant or waterproofing chemical.
  •      Avoid products with more than a 1x1 rib as fabric weave will affect print detail.
  •      DTG Printing uses water based inks, and doesn't produce neon colors. No Pantone matching is available.
  •      Dye Lots may affect print quality in an order.
  •      Fleece must be at least 90% cotton, we recommend Hanes Print Pro Fleece.
  •      The products we recommend for optimal results are listed below:

 

BEST OPTIONS

  •      Next Level 100% Cotton Styles
  •      Anvil A980
  •      SanMar Concert Tee
  •      Hanes Nano Tee
  •      American Apparel 100% Cotton Styles
  •      Gildan Softstyle

POOR OPTIONS

  •      Gildan Ultra Cotton
  •      Hanes Beefy Tee
  •      Garment Washed/Dyed Garments Print Very Poorly

 

Any brand or style not listed above cannot be recommended for printing. If any other type is supplied or selected for your orders, we cannot guarantee print quality and will not be responsible for finished product. In the event that an unrecommended garment is chosen and the print quality is not up to standard, we will contact you regarding the option to cancel or modify your order. We reserve the right to deny or cancel orders with unapproved garments.

 

 

Printing Limitations with Specialty Garments
Due to pallet restrictions and machine requirements the following information applies:

  •      Direct to Garment printer (DTG) cannot print on or above pocket tees of any kind.
  •      DTG cannot print on sweats that contain hoods or pockets
  •      DTG cannot print on shorts, sweat pants, or bags of any kind
  •      DTG cannot print on sleeves
  •      DTG cannot print over seams

 

 

White Garments

  Quantity up to 5"x5" 5"x5" to 10"x10" 10"x10" to 14"x15" 14"x15" to 14"x18"
(A) 1-5 $6.00 $10.00 $12.00 $16.30
(A) 6-23

$5.00

$8.00 $9.50 $13.70
(A) 24-47 $4.00 $6.00 $7.50 $11.70
(A) 48-143 $3.50 $5.00 $6.50 $10.70
(A) 144-499 $3.00 $4.00 $6.00 $10.00
(A) 500 & up $2.50 $3.50 $5.50 $9.50

 

 

 

Non-White Garments

  Quantity up to 5"x5" 5"x5" to 10"x10" 10"x10" to 14"x15" 14"x15" to 14"x18"
(A) 1-5 $8.00 $14.00 $16.00 $20.50
(A) 6-23

$6.00

$11.00 $13.50 $17.70
(A) 24-47 $5.50 $10.00 $11.00 $15.30
(A) 48-143 $5.00 $8.00 $9.00 $13.30
(A) 144-499 $4.50 $7.00 $8.00 $12.50
(A) 500 & up $4.00 $6.50 $7.50 $12.00

 

Prices are per location per garment

 

 

 

Orders Must be Marked DTG on Purchase Order. Download the order form by clicking here: Kenco Customs Work Order Form

 

Sizing

  •      Youth Maximum is 10"x 13" (no infant onesies or toddler sizes)
  •      Adult Maximum is 14" x 18"

 

Additional Charges

  •      Fleece Upcharge: $1.00 (A) per piece /  Must be 90% cotton

 

 

 

APPROVALS MUST BE IN WRITING

 

 

Shipping Fees: Based on weight, carton dimensions, & destination zip code. We use FedEx or UPS Ground, unless your Purchase Order directs us otherwise. Please indicate on your shipping request form if we are shipping to a residence or a business.

 

Spoilage: Although our normal spoilage is insignificant we do allow for: 2% damage (4% on darks). We will credit accounts for any spoilage in excess of one piece or 2% (4% on darks) whichever is greater.

For Tri-Blend / Pigment / Garment Dyed Goods: Please allow 4% on white, 8% on colors.

 

We are not responsible for your ink or thread colors clashing with garment colors provided in your order.

 

 

 

Email your art and Purchase Order to customorders@atkenco.com


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