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What Is The Difference Between Digital Printing And Screen Printing?

BY ON, May 20, 2020

Digital printing and screen printing are the two most common methods of printing custom apparel. When you have been researching custom t-shirts, you may have seen the terms of screen printing and digital printing pop up before.

Even though embroidery is also offered as an option to decorate t-shirts, but screen or digital printing is better than the embroidery for printing your logo or design on any type of t-shirt or other clothing items. Many people often ask whether screen printing is better than digital printing or vice versa.

Here is a quick look at the differences between the two printing methods so that you can decide which type of printing you should go for:

Digital Printing
Digital marketing is a newer method of printing custom apparel. It is commonly known as direct-to-garment printing. Rather than using one colour or layer at a time using screens, it applies all colours directly to the garments in one single layer of link.

It applies all necessary colours in a single pass, from top to bottom, and produces a full image once the paper comes out. For this printing method, the lightweight water-based inks are used that gets absorbed easily into garment fibres without a mess.

Here are some things that you need to know about digital printing:

Design Possibilities are Limitless
With ink being directly applied to the garment, you’ve more room to create your custom design t-shirt. By using this printing method, highly detailed or elaborated designs can be executed flawlessly.

Easier Execution for Small Orders
Digital printing is great for executing orders of small quantities with minimal setup and no screens required.

Screen Printing
Screen printing is the most common printing method for custom t-shirts. It creates a stencil of your artwork that will then be placed directly over your garment of choice. In this method, the screens are loaded to a printing machine and ink is added to be wiped over the stencil. And for every colour in the artwork, a different screen is created, and each layer of colour is printed in separate runs. The final process is to let the inks on the t-shirt dry.

Here are some benefits of screen printing:

Economies of Scale
In this process the more t-shirts you print, the lesser the cost. Subsequently, the process is highly automated and once you hit quantities of more than 10 pieces, there is less work involved in the production of each custom t-shirt.

Simple and Bold
In screen printing, simple designs are printed with ease given the clean method of applying ink over each screen that results in high-quality prints. It also tends to allow a larger printing space depending on the size of the screens.

These are some differences between the digital and screen printing methods. Now, you’ll be able to make an informed choice when selecting the print type of your custom t-shirts. You can use screen printing for large events and team or staff uniforms, whereas digital printing is suitable for small events, personalised gifts, and creative projects.

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