DTG Academy: The Complete Direct-to-Garment Printing Business Course

ATG Academy

June 2-3, 2018

Presented By: Equipment Zone

Saturday, June 2nd: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sunday, June 3rd: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Equipment Zone, 527A Commerce Street Franklin Lakes, New Jersey

We are located just outside of New York City and near all 3 major NY/NJ airports.

To register and pay for the class, please follow the links below. Class fee is $395 for the first student. Additional students from your group are $195 each

Equipment Zone has created the first ever DTG Academy. This class is the first of its kind. It’s a complete Direct-to-Garment Printing Business Course. The 2-day class will be held at Equipment Zone’s all new training center in Franklin Lakes, NJ on June 2nd-3rd.

The DTG Academy was designed to be both a classroom and hands-on learning experience. The core purpose of the DTG Academy is to create an atmosphere where you can learn the following:

  • The DTG printing process
  • Pretreatment overview
  • Printing techniques on light & dark garments
  • Basic machine maintenance
  • Artwork preparation & design strategies
  • Building a profitable niche
  • Marketing your business

The DTG Academy will be hosted by industry legend, Terry Combs. Other popular industry trainers and presenters involved are Jay Busselle, Dane Clement and Matt Rhome. Equipment Zone will also have its technical staff available. The DTG printers for this event have been provided by Epson, however the information and experiences will be applicable to any DTG printer.

The DTG Academy is only $395 for the first attendee and $195 for each additional attendee from the same company. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to spend two information filled days with recognized industry experts and get hands on training with these state-of-the-art printers.

Everything you need is included - even lunch is provided both days. Dress casually and bring along a file or two so you can personally print shirts to take home with you. This will be a true start-to-finish event for anyone who is planning to start a DTG decorating business or add DTG printing to their current business. Space will be limited so sign up today!


Saturday June 2
9:00-9:15 Introduction to the day’s events
9:15-10:30 The process of DTG printing – Terry Combs
10:30-11:00 Demonstration of pretreating & printing light/dark shirts
11:00-11:30 Maintenance
11:30-12:00 Assorted platens & printing demonstrations – Matt Rhome
12:00-1:00 Lunch
1:00-4:00 Creating artwork for DTG printing – Dane Clement

Sunday June 3
9:00-9:10 Introduction to the day’s events
9:10-12:00 Business, marketing & promoting your business –
Jay Busselle
12:00-1:00 Lunch
1:00-3:00 Turning your own graphics into finished prints

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Featuring 4 TOP Industry Instructors!

Terry Combs is a 35+ year veteran of the garment printing industry and has managed production shops large and small across the United States. He has written hundreds of management and technical articles for garment printing publications and spoken at industry events worldwide. He is currently in sales and training with Equipment Zone, Franklin Lakes, N.J., working from Equipment Zone’s Tempe, Ariz. office. And is co-host of the industry podcast, 2 Regular Guys. His recent books, Screen Printing: A Practical Guide, and Direct-to-Garment: A Practical Guide, are available on Amazon.

Matthew Rhome is the founder of the Direct to Garment industry and the inventor of the worlds first commercially available Direct to Garment Printer. He was awarded US Patent 6,095,628 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. Matthew is a frequent speaker at industry tradeshows

Dane Clement is President of Great Dane Graphics, a GroupeStahl company, specializing in the creation of production ready stock art for the apparel decorating industry. His is also the Vice-President of Art and Creative Process for GroupeSTAHL. Clement has been speaking and writing for the decorated apparel industry since 1987. He is considered an expert on computer graphics and color separations for textile screen printing, dye sublimation, digital direct-to-garment and heat-applied graphics. He is the author of T-Shirt Artwork Simplified, a how-to book on creating artwork for decorating apparel.

Jay Busselle began his screen printing and graphics career reportedly sometime in the 80's in Mr. Perry's graphics class at East High School. Jay started printing “unofficial replica” T-shirts of his favorite surfing, skiing and skateboarding companies, as well as a few bands which will remain nameless. It didn't take long before he was working for a screen printer, and soon thereafter his family-owned promotional advertising agency. It's been over 25 years and Jay is still hanging out with promo peeps and apparel geeks, pretending to grow up! Jay is the founder of a weekly Twitter chat called #promochat and has been ranked as high as #13 on the Stitches Power 75 list. He is the recipient of two REGGIE Awards for industry excellence. Jay is a highly rated industry presenter and accomplished trainer.

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About Equipment Zone

Equipment Zone of Franklin Lakes, NJ, is a national reseller of the Epson Direct-to-Garment and Sublimation Printers. Equipment Zone is also the manufacturer of the #1 automatic pretreat machine in the industry, the SpeedTreater-TX.

For help, questions and other information, contact us at 201-797-1504 or 1-800-408-0040. You can also contact us directly via our Website or by E-Mail.