Direct to Garment Deep Dive with Matt Rhome of Epson


Please find some links and notes from the 2 Regular Guys Podcast. Matthew Rhome with Epson America was an early innovator in direct-to-garment. In fact, much earlier than most people realize. We’ll be talking about where the industry came from, where it is today, and where we anticipate DTG being tomorrow. This direct to garment deep dive will cover everything from light to dark shirts and give you the info you need to create awesome shirts with your DTG machine.

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Direct to Garment Deep Dive

Aaron: Matt, not many people know the real history of DTG printing. Talk about the origins of the process.

Terry: Interestingly, the reason for today’s show was a listener request to hear about printing on light shirts. They said everyone talks about dark shirts and white ink, but what should we know about printing light shirts.

Aaron: Here’s the actual tweet: @InstaShirtUSA – Light shirt DTG, specifically. Seems that whenever digital printing is the topic, the dark side, esp. underbase, tends to dominate. whereas the light apparel, no-white underbase, method & accompanying tips, like color utilization, etc. tend to get overlooked.

  • Old pretreats staining white and pastel and Epson pretreat
  • How inexpensive to print light garments.
  • CMYK – You can print out a color chart for the color you’re trying to hit

Aaron: You’re from Epson, so let’s once and for all put something to bed. We all hear resellers out in the industry saying, “Our printer is the same thing. It has an Epson print head too.” The inference, of course, is that they are somehow partnered with Epson.

  • Two kinds of printers on the market
  • Out of date printers in many machines
  • Epson’s (lack of) desire to keep those machines running

Aaron: Matt, you spend time in a lot of shops. What kinds of production runs are you seeing? Is it still a very short run technology?

  • How the market has changed and short run is going to be a requirement for all decorators.

Terry: Matt, we do the day-long Epson seminars together before all the NBM and most of the ISS Shows. You talk a lot about printing products other than t-shirts. Share some of those ideas with our listeners.

Aaron: You envisioned the beginning of direct-to-garment printing. Talk to us about the future of the DTG industry as you see it.

Matthew Rhome is the founder of the Direct to Garment industry and the inventor of the world’s first commercially available Direct to Garment Printer. He was awarded US Patent on DTG printer technology in August 2000. Matthew was a member of the development team that produced the first DTG printer offering from Brother International and currently works for Epson America in DTG Business Development. He can be reached at

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