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Direct-to-Fabric Definition

Direct-to-Fabric Definition

In Direct-to-Fabric (Also called ‘Roll-to-Roll’) the printing is performed directly on a roll of fabric. In comparison, Direct-to-Garment (DTG) printing is done on the fabric that is cut and sewn into a garment.

Key differences between Direct-to-Fabric and DTG printing include:

  • Fabric Type – Direct-to-Fabric has no fabric type limitations and can be used on any type of fabric as opposed to DTG which has some application limitations.
  • Printing Speed – Direct-to-Fabric is a faster process as it prints on a roll of fabric in one continuous process versus the need to print on one garment at a time with DTG printing.
  • Color GamutDirect-to-Fabric usually involves eight colors channels, whereas DTG uses CMYK with no expanded gamut of lighter colors. The DTG printer may have six to eight color channels, but two to four of the channels are used for printing white ink.
  • Finished Product – Direct-to-Fabric printing requires sewing and cutting of the fabric post-printing. With DTG the product is ready to use when printing is done.

Learn more about Kornit’s Direct-to-Fabric printing solutions, and discover unparalleled printing quality, speed and performance.