You probably won’t be surprised to hear that a digital print is an image or design transferred onto fabric from a digital source. Digital textile printing is often called direct-to-garment printing, or DTG printing. While textile printing was introduced in Europe around the 12th century (and Southeast Asia and the Middle East long before that), digital textile printing wasn’t born until the late 1980’s, soon after that retro first generation Nintendo (NES, anyone?) and around the same time as the legendary Apple IIGS.
Initially images were printed on transfer paper before being applied to the fabric, but major advances in printer technology now allow digital printers to print directly onto the fabric. Starting in the early 1990s, inkjet technology and water-based ink enabled digital images to be printed directly onto fabric. The whole process looks a lot like your home printer, except these printers deposit pigment or onto cloth instead of paper. Today, major inkjet manufacturers offer specialized printers for DTG printing.