Shirt Printing

Shirt Printing 

Screen Printing vs Digital Printing

Screen printing involves creating a stencil (printers call this a “screen”), and then using that stencil to apply layers of ink on the printing surface. Each color is applied using a different stencil, one at a time, combined to achieve the final look. For printing on darker shirts an underbase or primer of white must first be applied in order for the colors to stand out. When cured, the ink is extremely durable and washes well.  Screen printing has a lot of setup and clean up procedures so it is the best choice for larger orders of a few ink colors. Advantage to screen printing: Solid colors without pixelation and  lower cost on large production runs.
Digital printing or Direct to garment printing  is a process that involves your artwork being printed directly onto the surface of your product. Digital printing is not a heat transfer. Digital printing or direct to garment is best used for items that required high amounts of detail, and orders of a smaller quantity. The fact that the digital printer does not use screens allows for a photographic print, with much more detail than traditional screen printing. As the ink is applied thinner (to achieve such detail), digital printing is best used on lighter colored shirts to allow the design to shine through.  Once cured, the Digital print is durable but it requires more care in laundry and is not quite as durable as screen printing.  Digital printing is much easier to process and is suited for a smaller order of shirts and images of high detail and multiple colors.  The process is only available on 100% cotton fabric. Advantages to digital print: Faster turnaround, unlimited color,  and less expensive for single shirt orders.

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