If you’ve never had your logo / design printed via DTG before, it basically works in the same way as an office printer. Instead of injecting ink on to paper, it prints on to fabric. So just like a normal printer, DTG printing is unable to achieve NEON like colours as well as METALLIC colours.
There aren’t many things our incredible DTG process can’t achieve! However, when choosing the colours for your artwork, it’s important to note that they may look different on a real product than what you see on your computer monitor. Even if you have calibrated your monitor to a specific colour profile, there are various factors that influence the final appearance of colours on a printed product.
Because of this, we can’t guarantee colour accuracy 100%. Consider the following factors:
- When printing on garments, it’s important to consider fabric material and garment colour. The same colour value will look a little different on when printed on 100% cotton vs. a fabric blend. Similarly, the same colour value will look different when printed on a light vs. dark coloured garment.
- We also print a white under base layer beneath prints on coloured garments so that the colours look vibrant and stand out from the fabric. The same colour value on one garment can look different when printed with vs. without a white under base. We’ve taken some photos where you can see how the same colour values look different when printed on a white or black garment. Keep in mind that even the colours in these photos look different than on the original printed product. Referencing these photos is not a substitution for ordering colour swatches on a sample product.
- The two most popular colour spaces are RGB and CMYK. RGB has a wider gamut (the range of colours that can be expressed) and print files made in RGB can be saved as png files. CMYK, on the other hand, is the colour space used when printing. Our printers automatically convert your submitted print files from RGB to CMYK, and this conversion changes the colour gamut. That’s why we suggest you design your file within the CMYK colour space, but convert the file to RGB before saving. For best possible accuracy, convert the file to sRGB colour profile, sRGB IEC61966-2.1 to be exact. This way your colours will stay within the gamut. Most editing programs have this colour profile as default.
- You can download Fitprint’s colour swatches here as well.
We suggest ordering a sample of your logo printed to see exactly how the colours are printed via DTG. Start by selecting a garment from our no minimum range here: https://fitprint.com.au/catalogue
We also have a great Graphic Design Services team if you’d prefer we make any colour corrections for you!