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IR-Tees is a division of Image Resources dedicated to Direct to Garment printing. We have been in the commercial printing and garment industries for over 30 years. IR-Tees also offers digital and offset printing, as well as heat transfers, vinyl decals (great on glassware and tumblers), and embroidery for all of your projects. Call us for pricing on printing, heat transfers and embroidery.

The DTG Process

Direct to garment printing, also known as DTG printing, is a form of digital printing for t-shirts and garments where a digital image is printed directly onto a textile, creating a vibrant image that is built to last. There are no minimums on our DTG orders. This process is ideal for any size order where you’d like beautiful, vibrant color. Printable items include unisex shirts, women’s shirts, men’s shirts, junior’s shirts, youth shirts, v-neck shirts, long sleeve shirts, moisture wicking shirts, tanks, hoodies, onesies, quarter zip pullovers, tote bags, and many other items. If you have a specific due date, please let us know. For rush orders, an additional fee will apply.

  • PRETREAT: Garment is coated over the print area with a solution to allow the ink to be printed on dark garments. The solution is then cured by heat prior to printing.

PRINT: Using a white base coat, the color image is applied to our garment.
CURE: The garment is dried using high heat to seal the printed image.

Direct to Garment pieces should be washed before the first wear and always washed inside out in cold water to keep the design from fading over time. 100% cotton is the best material to use for DTG printing.

  • When using DTG printing as a decoration method, there are many additional steps that are not necessarily required for traditional decoration methods (such as screen printing). For example, many people are not aware that we must spray a liquid “pretreatment” chemical on all garments before they can be printed using the DTG process; this additional step is required to ensure that the white ink that is printed onto the garment does not “soak in.”
  • In addition to the requirement that we must currently pretreat all dark garments, we are often asked to pretreat light garments as well (the improved color vibrancy and washability on light garments is worth the extra cost) – once again, the pretreatment liquid acts as a “barrier” to prevent the CMYK inks from soaking into the garment. Without this pretreatment on light garments, the print would appear slightly more faded, although still acceptable (whereas dark garments CANNOT be printed without the pretreatment step).
  • During the curing process, the pretreatment can discolor slightly, and can sometimes leave a slightly off-color residue that may be interpreted as a stain of some sort. This is entirely normal and should disappear with the first wash of the garment. (It sometimes can take a couple washes, and in some cases depending on the dye in the garment, it may not come out at all. You may still see an area of pretreat in your garment) When pretreatment is applied to certain light garments, the curing process will sometimes cause a light “yellowish” box to appear around the design – again, this is most often caused by normal discoloration of the pretreatment fluid on the garment, which should come off in the first wash, maybe two. The pretreatment residue is completely harmless and is used by any person who is using a DTG printing system; unfortunately it is simply a fact of the industry.
  • Some garments will show an enhanced visual of this effect, while other garments will show no signs of the pretreatment area at all – we try to encourage all of our clients to select garments based on:
  • •  Using 100% cotton garments
  • •  How well they print
  • •  How well they wash after curing
  • •  How well they accept the pretreatment fluid
  • Many times, our clients prefer to provide their own garments; while this is completely acceptable, please remember that YOU are responsible for how your garments respond to the pretreating/printing/curing phases of the DTG production process.
  • We will not be responsible for replacing any garments that show any signs of pretreatment.


There are no set-up or screen charges. Pricing includes our premium house 100% cotton shirts (sizes XS thru XL). Sizes 2XL and up are available for an additional charge.


We also offer wholesale pricing to our customers who have a resale certificate.

First Standard Print (12 x 12″)$25.00$17.50$12.00$10.00$9.00$8.00
Additional Print (up to 4 x 4″)$5.00$3.50$3.00$3.00$3.00$2.00
Additional Standard Print$5.00$5.00$5.00$5.00$5.00$4.00
First Standard Print (12 x 12″)$30.00$22.50$20.00$18.00$17.00$16.00
Additional Print (up to 4 x 4″)$5.00$5.00$5.00$5.00$5.00$4.00
Additional Standard Print$7.00$7.00$7.00$7.00$7.00$6.00

Additional Options

These prices are only for up sizing single print locations – multiple print locations would require individual upsize options, or else they will be printed to standard size.


Light Garment: Up to 10.75 x 12” – Standard
Light Garment: Up to 14 x 16” – add $1.50
Light Garment: Up to 15 x 20” – add $3.00


Dark Garment: Up to 10.75 x 12” – Standard
Dark Garment: Up to 14 x 16” – add $2.50
Dark Garment: Up to 15 x 20” – add $4.00

Includes over the collar, over the shoulder, over zippers, sides of hoodies, or anywhere that requires printing over a seam.
Add $2.50 per print location

If half of your order is youth sizes, and the other half is adult, consider resizing the artwork to fit both runs.
$15 per size change

Our artists can help take your customer’s napkin drawing and turn it into beautiful, full color artwork. We can also scan paper drawings, touch them up and prepare them for print. Whatever your needs, save time by talking to one of our artists, today.
$75 per hour

Want to personalize your garments with your choice of names, numbers or titles?
Add $2.50 per artwork change

We will gladly ship your order via UPS or FedEx, and we can use your existing account if you’d like.


To expedite your order, we ask that you please supply your artwork to meet these file specs:
  • Accepted formats – AI, EPS, PDF, PSD, TIFF, JPEG and PNG (PNG is our favorite!)
  • RGB color mode (artwork in CMYK may experience a slight shift when converted to RGB)
  • ALL fonts converted to outlines/curves
  • Artwork should be provided at 100% (actual size of output) at 300 dpi (if supplying raster files)
  • For dark garments, all files should have a transparent background. Each colored pixel that is found within the image space is interpreted and converted into ink droplets that are printed on the shirt. On dark colored garments, any white space in the image is also printed; therefore, if your artwork has a large white square around it, it will also appear on the final printed product.

Maximum standard print areas:
Standard Full Front/Back = 10.75 x 12”
Standard Left/Right Chest = 4 x 4″


If you do not have print-ready artwork available, just let us know. Our graphics team can work with your existing files or create a custom design for you.

Upload your artwork files!

If your files are over 10mb, just click below to upload your files to lisa@irprinting.com.

Contact Us

If you have any questions or would like a custom quote, please let us know. We carry a variety of styles of shirts, hoodies, tote bags, and other DTG items. Just let us know what style of garment, quantity, print location(s), and any other info you have.

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