When it comes to printing custom apparel, there are a few different methods you can use: screen printing, DTG printing, and even (dye) sublimation printing. Each of these methods has its own advantages and disadvantages, so it can be difficult to decide which is the best option for your project.
In this article, we'll help you decide which printing method is right for you. We'll compare and contrast screen printing and DTG printing, and we'll provide tips for when each method is most appropriate.
A Look at the Benefits of Screen Printing
Screen printing has been around for centuries and is a tried and true printing method. There are many benefits to using screen printing, such as:
- It's a very versatile printing method, which can be used for a wide range of products
- It produces high-quality prints
- It's cost effective for large quantities
- It has a long life span
If you're looking for a high-quality, cost-effective printing method for large quantities, screen printing is the way to go.
How DTG Printing Works
DTG printing, or direct-to-garment printing, is a newer technology that is often used for printing on T-shirts and other garments. How does it work?
DTG printing works by transferring ink directly from a printer to the fabric. This means that the ink is laid down on the shirt in the same way as a screen print, meaning that the print will be opaque and highly durable.
One of the benefits of DTG printing is that it allows for very complex and detailed designs to be printed, making it perfect for small runs or personalised orders.
The Pros and Cons of Each Printing Method
When it comes to printing methods, there are two main contenders: screen printing and DTG printing. So, which one is right for your project? Here's a breakdown of the pros and cons of each:
- Pros: Inexpensive, wide range of colours and styles, durable
- Cons: Slow-setup/costs, can be messy, not ideal for small quantities
- Pros: Fast turnaround, high quality prints, great for small quantities
- Cons: More expensive than screen printing, slower to print
Which Projects Are Better Suited for Screen Printing
There are a few factors to consider when deciding which printing method is best for your project. The first is the size of your project. Screen printing is best suited for larger quantities, as the setup and production process is more time-consuming and expensive than DTG printing.
The second factor is the colour of your project. Screen printing uses ink that is transferred to a screen and then pressed onto the fabric. This process can result in brighter colours and more vibrancy than DTG printing. However, DTG printing has the ability to print very small details and gradients, making it a better choice for projects with intricate designs or photographic demands.
Ultimately, the best way to decide which printing method is right for you is to consult with a printer who can help you assess your specific needs and make a recommendation based on your project specs.
When DTG Printing Is the Way to Go
DTG printing is the perfect choice for small projects with a diverse/large number of colours. If you're looking to print a T-shirt or canvas bag with a simple design as a one-off or sample, DTG is the way to go. The process is relatively fast and easy, and you can usually get your prints in just a few days.
DTG printing is also the best option for printing on soft materials like fabric and generally cotton (v. polyester). The prints have a high quality look and feel that's difficult to replicate with screen printing.
How to Choose the Right Printing Method for Your Project
Now that you understand the basics of screen printing and DTG printing, it's time to decide which is the best option for your project. Here are a few guidelines to help you choose:
- Screen printing is better for large quantities (over 25 items) and projects with a simple design.
- DTG printing is better for small quantities (under 25 items) and projects with more complex designs.
If you're not sure which type of printing is right for you, or if you have any other questions, please don't hesitate to get in touch with our team. We would be happy to help!
At the end of the day, the best way to decide which printing method is right for your project is to consider the materials you're using, the quantity you need, and your budget. Screen printing is a great choice for large quantities and projects with a variety of colours, while DTG printing is perfect for small quantities and projects with intricate details.
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