100% Cotton vs Blends
Not all Fabrics are Created Equally
Our standard printing process is best suited for garments that are 100% cotton - if you’re looking for the most opaque result, 100% cotton is your best bet. This fabric generally has a better result due to its tight weave. However, there are exceptions to this. If a cotton is too thick, it can absorb the ink and result in a more faded look.
With that said, we saw such a high demand for poly and tri-blend garments that we just couldn’t ignore it. Our fulfillment team worked hard to develop a system that allowed us to print on such garments without compromising quality. It took a lot of testing, but we finally got it! These blended garments will have a faded/vintage outcome with DTG printing due to their looser weave and combination of fabrics. This means that the fabric of the garment will often show through the ink:
Our favorites for clean/opaque look:
- American Apparel 2001 / 2102
- Bella Canvas 3001
If you want something more vintage looking, go for:
- American Apparel BB401 / BB301W / TR408W / TR308W
- Next Level 6200
Closeup photographs of white printed on different garments
Certain 100% cotton garments offer heather colors, which are 90% cotton / 10% polyester blends. DTG printing on these garments will have a bit of a vintage feel, but not so much as a true poly or tri-blend.