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Do More with Brother DTG!

Create custom hats & more to expand your business!

Printing t-shirts is a great way to build a foundation for your business, but why stop there? With our cap platen, you now have the ability to create customized headwear helping to expand your product offering and increase your sales. Our Brother DTG printers have a large print head-to-substrate gap that allows them to print from the top of the crown down to the bill on most types of hats – including going over the seam. Ready to learn how? Just simply read or watch the videos below!

Custom cap printed with a Brother DTG printer

To learn about custom footwear, complete the form below or call 1-866-750-2543 to speak with a DTG Specialist.

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Creating customized caps is a breeze with the right gear. Here are the items you need to get started:

Tank top printed with GTXpro printer

AccuLine Camera System (optional)

Black t-shirt printed with GTXpro printer

Blank Caps

Tank top printed with GTXpro printer

Any Brother DTG Printer

Blue long sleeve shirt printed with GTXpro printer

HeatGun or Conveyor/Dryer

Black t-shirt with grumpy old man saying Happy Faces printed with GTXpro printer

Cap Platen

Let's Get Started

Watch this video to see the process of creating customized headwear using a Brother DTG printer or scroll down to see a step-by-step tutorial.

More Cap Printing Videos

The Process of Cap Printing

Step 1
Pretreat the cap

Pretreat the cap with the appropriate type of pretreat. Use polyester pretreat for printing CMYK only ink on light garments or use Brother DTG pretreat for printing with white ink on dark-colored caps.

Pretreating a cap with a Brother DTG pretreat
Curing a cap with a heat gun

Step 2
Cure the pretreat using a heat gun or conveyor dryer/oven

Step 3
Load the Cap Platen

Load the Cap Platen on the Brother GT Printer with the appropriate riser based on the type of cap being printed. It is recommended for structured caps to use the Small Riser and the Large Riser for unstructured caps.

Loading a cap onto a Brother DTG cap platen
Placing a cap on a Brother DTG cap platen

Step 4
Load the blank cap

Load the blank cap on the Cap Platen by flipping the sweat band down and sliding it under the front lip of the riser.

Step 5
Align the cap

Use the vertical line on the Cap Platen to align the cap straight prior to securing the bill of the cap using the included black clips.

Securing a cap on a Brother DTG cap platen
Securing the crown of a cap on a Brother DTG cap platen

Step 6
Secure the cap

Pull the crown of the cap over the riser and secure it to the back of the Cap Platen. Try to make the crown of the cap as flat as possible across the riser.

Step 7
Position the artwork

Using the included artwork template for the Cap Platen or AccuLine Camera System, determine the appropriate position of the artwork.

Positioning artwork for a cap in the Brother DTG software
Pressing the green button on a Brother DTG printer

Step 8
Print the blank cap

Select the desired print settings and send the print file to the Brother DTG printer. For printing on the crown and bill of the cap, create the print file for uni-directional print mode.

Print the blank cap by pressing the green button.

Step 9
Carefully remove the printed cap from the Cap Platen

Tightening the bill of a cap on a Brother DTG cap platen
Drying a cap with a heat gun

Step 10
Cure the printed cap using a heat gun or a conveyor dryer/oven.

Watch how to print on a structured cap.

Final printed cap with a Brother DTG printer
Structured Cap Printing With GTX