Decoration - Screen Printing
Screen Printing (invented by the Chinese) is the 2nd most common decoration for apparel. It is the process of pushing ink through a silk mesh screen one color at a time. Although the method uses a system of spot coloring, halftones and blends, it can be used to create an image that appears to have a countless number of colors.
Screen Printing as a production method quickly overtakes Direct to Garment (DTG) Printing... also known as digital printing... in cost per print. The higher the volume, the lower the cost per print becomes. Screen printing also has the advantage of a large selection of different types of inks that are all considerably less expensive per garment than DTG inks. Decorative inks are available to make your logo or unique design really stand out. Specialty inks like clear soft-hand and crystalina add unique effects to a design.
Direct to Garment (DTG) Printing vs Screen Printing Shirts:
Are you confused about the differences between DTG Printing and Screen Printing? It's not as simple as one being "better" than the other, it's a question of which one better suits your needs! Check out our guide below to figure if Screen Printing or Digital Printing is more beneficial in for your custom apparel project!
Simply put, digital printing is less expensive for runs under 12 pieces and reproducing photographic images, whereas screen printing is generally less expensive for a run of 12 and over.