Typical T-shirt Design Problems in DTG / POD

In this video, we talk about common T-Shirt design problems in DTG (direct to garment printing) we often notice. We mention Direct To Garment printing (DTG) because this is the printing method of choice of many Print-On-Demand (POD) platforms.

You can never make a bad design look good once printed. If one thing is true for direct to garment printing, then it would be this statement. It doesn’t matter if your printer’s output is excellent, all your processes are optimized, or if you are able to wash your products a million times before the colors start to fade. If the quality of the design you want to print is bad, the final result will look bad at all times. The print can never get better than the information it gets from the design files.

If you ever wondered why we also focus heavily on T-Shirt design on this channel, this is it: An awesome design that is well suited for direct to garment printing (DTG) will get you an awesome printed result. A bad quality design file will get you… well… a bad quality print. I know that this is quite an extensive overview. In this video, our goal is to have a look at the mistakes and problems. But, to help you out, we are already planning on creating a short series with tutorials to show you how to set up design files. 

Ok, let’s go ahead and have a look at two mistakes we see quite often.


In today’s video, we are going to discuss two of the most common design problems in DTG (direct to garment printing) we see over and over again. So let’s jump right in!

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