Gradients can be an exciting design concept when creating Direct-to-Garment (DTG) prints.
However, they can also spell trouble for those who don't understand the necessary process to get the design on to the garment itself. To help you avoid instances of botched prints, here are the top things to consider when using our DTG products.
Garment Underbase Layer
The underbase layer is a white layer used to help print your design on the actual garment itself.
It is frequently used on colored clothing, but is excluded from white garments.
This white layer is used under each pixel of your design and will print under semi-transparent elements as well.
Here's an example of a white garment with no underbase layer, and a colored garment with an underbase layer:
What you can see is a perfectly acceptable red gradient on the left, and white undertones bleeding into the black on the right.
Halftone vs. Continuous Tone
The solution to using gradient designs on colored DTG products is to use Halftone Gradient designs.
The difference in halftone and continuous tone gradients is that halftone gradients use individual colored dots instead of one seamless color tone that gradually fades.
Here's an example of the two, with halftones being on the left: