Screen Printing Process & How It Works, VS. DTG, Heat Transfer, Embroidery. (2022)

Screen printing is widely used across a great many industries for cost-effectiveness, vivid printing, and other good features. And it is the most common solution for private labeling. That is to say, it can add custom logos or designs to your products or packaging for differentiation.

There are 2 ways for screen printing: manual and automatic. Either way, the fundamental working process is the same. Follow me to have a look. And you can navigate to related content via the below links.

Table of Contents

  • Screen Printing Process Step by Step (5 Simple Stages)
  • Screen Printing on Fabric (Custom T-shirt Example)
  • Screen Printing VS Digital Printing (In Garment Industry)
  • Screen Printing VS Heat Transfer (In Garment Industry)
  • Screen Printing VS Embroidery (In Garment Industry)
  • 3 Common Types of Screen Printing

Screen Printing Process Step by Step (5 Simple Stages)

Simply speaking, screen + ink + squeegee = screen printing. It’s basically to create a stencil on a screen and then push ink through, which can transfer a design to the object’s surface beneath. HereI list 5 simple steps to help you better understand how it works.

Step 1: Create designs or patterns.

Begin with an original image, that is, what you want to print on products. Then, clearly present layer images of each color and the printing order if there’s more than one color. That directly influences the rendering effect. Although some artistic creations can be done through multi-color synchronous silk screen printing, yet that does not work in practice.

Take T-shirt screen printing for example. You need to choose a plain, clean T-shirt and employ the computer to start graphic designs.

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Images (step1-4) are all from wikiHow.

Step 2: Make a screen plate.

The screen plate consists of a frame and mesh. The aluminum frame is common for its convenience to operate and hardness to deform. Chemical fiber mesh can meet the general demand. For high-precision patterns, it is advisable to use metal mesh made of stainless steel.

Once materials are confirmed, all we need do is to lay out the frame onto a screen and staple it tightly. A screen is for one color. In other words, multiple colors require more screens.

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Step 3: Coat emulsion and expose it to light to obtain a stencil.

Find a completely dark room and then coat the screen with a screen printing emulsion. After drying, use the transparent acetate film with a design created in step 1 for exposure. You can understand the “film” as a photo film. The only difference is a photograph paper changed to the emulsion-coated mesh screen here.

Under the bright light, the emulsion will harden and develop. After that, wash away unhardened emulsion on the film’s black area. A clear pattern appears on the screen. So far, a stencil is created.

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Step 4: Ink up and print the design on the product.

Put the object on a printing board, below the screen. Be sure to line up the stencil on the object correctly. Only in this way can we make designed patterns aligned in the right manner.

Afterward, pour the desired color ink on the screen top. Apply the squeegee to evenly pull the ink down until the entire design is covered. The ink goes through the stencil. A thin and even layer of ink is left on the object’s surface. That is to say, print a pattern designed in step 1.

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Step 5: Dry and clean the screen for reuse.

Place the printed product in a clean area. Dry it up using a dryer. This helps ensure screen prints would not wash out or fade away. Then obtain the final products.

Remember to utilize a special washing fluid to wash the emulsion away. Then reuse it to create a new stencil.

Screen Printing on Fabric (Custom T-shirt Example)

In the garment industry, it is common to use screen printing techniques. Although in theory, screen printing applies to all fabrics, it works best on natural fabrics in practice. The most ideal fabric is cotton.

Based on the used screen-printing presses, we can classify screen printing into different types. The 2 most common are,

  • flat-bed screen printing — suitable for ready-made products like T-shirts with simple prints.
  • rotary screen printing — suitable for entire rolls of fabric printing.

Either way, the basic process is the same. In other words, the above-mentioned 5 steps are applicable to screen printing on fabric.

Take our company’s cultural shirt for example.

At first, we created several Jingsourcing logo designs. After getting the results of all colleagues’ preferences, we chose the following for silk screen logo printing.

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With T-shirt samples bought from Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, we started to find clothing manufacturers for screen printing. Thanks to the long-term cooperative relationship, we found some factories to do that, although our quantity is far less than their printing MOQ.

Before the start of printing, the factory created a printing mold (step 2 alike), then coated the emulsion and exposed it to light, and ink up (Step 3, 4 alike).

It is worth mentioning that we did some tests on the two logo colors: white and orange, to see whether the ink color is OK. Once confirmed, start printing and then dry.

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By screen printing, we customize T-shirts at a good price. Most importantly, these corporate cultural T-shirts look the same as the brand sold in the mall, and all our colleagues like to wear them.

Jingsouring can help you screen print products for customization

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Screen Printing VS Digital Printing (In Garment Industry)

With the technical advance, digital printing, hereinafter referred to as DTG, becomes popular. And it’s a common method for fabric printing as well.

Still take T-shirt printing for example. Which is better, screen printing or DTG? Actually, this is up to your order quantity and the complexity of pattern design and style.

  • Screen printing is best if your order is large and the design is simple. The MOQ is 500 pcs/item.
  • Otherwise, DTG is suitable, as one piece can be printed. And it’s eco-friendly in comparison to screen printing, in keeping with the call for environmental protection.

Here I sum up the difference between screen printing and DTG for your better understanding.

Screen Printing

  • Good for simple design (four colors at most for good printing effects).
  • Design patterns that can be divided into layer images of each color.
  • With a 3D look and feel.
  • Make a screen and create a stencil.
  • More time consumed.
  • Suitable for large quantities.
  • Cheaper bulk production. Though labor cost rises as one color requires a screen, yet it’s been used for design reproduction many times.
  • Soft hand, only limited to water prints & discharge prints.
  • Long-lasting and durable.
  • Less environmentally friendly.

Digital Printing

  • Well adapted for fine patterns with high detail designs. Easy to print many colors.
  • Designed patterns without requirements.
  • Much cleaner, with brighter colors.
  • No screens as it’s directly printed.
  • Quicker printing.
  • Better suitable for a small batch.
  • High initial investment due to equipment and ink costs, but a flat fee per T-shirt regardless of numerous colors.
  • More soft hand feel, without coating feeling in general.
  • No fading when rubbing or washing.
  • Eco-friendly.

As you can see, both have advantages and disadvantages. Choose the right one according to your needs. If still confused, welcome to turn to Jingsourcing’s experts for help.

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Screen Printing VS Heat Transfer (In Garment Industry)

Heat transfer is best if you want to print gradient color logos or designs. But keep in mind that heat press printing has a temperature requirement of 140℃ – 180℃. Besides that, there exist other differences between heat transfer and screen printing. Let’s look at the below summary.

Screen Printing

  • Applied to almost all kinds of materials, ideally to cotton fabrics.
  • Good for simple design and few colors, unable to print gradient color.
  • More durable, longer-lasting.
  • More suitable for dark-colored fabrics.
  • Cheaper.
  • Suitable for large quantities.
  • Pollute the environment.

Heat Transfer

  • Mainly applied to chemical fibers, with some limits to materials.
  • Suitable for complex, detailed designs & multi-colors, especially gradient colors.
  • Less durable and easy to fade.
  • Better for light-colored fabrics.
  • Expensive.
  • Preferred by small batches.
  • Involves fewer chemicals.

Which one is better? It depends on the situation, just like many questions we encountered in daily life. If you are still unclear, Jingsourcing’s experts are always here to support you.

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Screen Printing VS Embroidery (In Garment Industry)

Aside from screen printing, embroidery is also a good solution to add logos on fabric-made products. What’s the difference? Let’s go on reading.

Screen Printing

  • Good for a simple design.
  • Less 3D look as logos is screen printed on the surface of the fabric.
  • Less costly, especially cheaper to print designs in bulk and with a single color.
  • More colors mean the cost increase, as each new color requires a screen.
  • Less durable as it’s printed on the surface of the fabric.
  • Better for thin or lightweight garments like T-shirts and hoodies.

Embroidery

  • Appropriate for very intricate designs.
  • Enhanced 3D look and higher quality compared to screen-printed logos.
  • Kind of expensive, especially costly when the printing area is large.
  • Flat fees or priced by the stitch count other than the number of colors.
  • Longer lasting as it’s stitched straight to fabric, no color fading issues.
  • More suitable for heavier garments like polo shirts and caps.

Both have pros and cons. When making a choice, you should consider 5 key factors: the specific product to be customized, the number of colors, the printing area, the quality and quantity of apparel, plus your budget.

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Types of Screen Printing

Whether in the past or the present, people widely use the silk screen printing technique due to its applications to almost all kinds of materials. According to the materials to be printed, we can divide it into different types:fabric printing, plastic printing, ceramic printing, glass printing, circuit board printing, metal printing, etc.

Let’s focus on fabric printing. As shared by T-shirt printing manufacturers, there’re 6 different types of screen-printing methods: spot color screen printing, halftone printing, grayscale printing, duotone printing, CMYK (4-color) printing, and simulated process printing. Here I explain 3 popular types.

1. Spot color screen printing

Most common and easiest. With the help of pe-mixed specific color inks, it’s often used to print high-density colors such as white, dark black, and fluorescent colors.

Note: it’s not mixed by 4 colors, as each spot color requires special plate printing. In this way, the accuracy of color transfer is ensured.

2. Grayscale printing

Reproduce color images in gray shades from black and white. It stands out due to the low print cost, as no additional colors are used. Don’t worry about the image quality. It’s still high, but the color is either light gray or dark gray.

3. Halftone printing

Essentially use one-color ink to create various shades (from light to dark) and print images. The creation of seemingly different colors requires the use of different size dots, which are tiny and hard to perceive from further away. With the enhanced layering of printed images, halftone printing is suitable for multi-color T-shirts.

Besides, we can also classify screen printing by inks, which have a direct influence. In other words, each type of ink means a kind of screen printing.

Here we just concentrate on the most used 3 types: plastisol, discharge, and water-based inks. The latter two deliver softer prints, also known as “Soft-hand Screen Printing”. That’s a perfect fit if you want to print clothing with a softer touch and a higher-end look.

A Final Takeaway

We hope you learn something new or enjoy refreshing your understanding of screen printing, either process, common types, or its comparison with digital printing, heat transfer, and embroidery. Should you have any further questions, leave a comment below.

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FAQs

Is screen printing the same as DTG? ›

What's the Difference Between DTG and Screen Printing? Screen printing is the more traditional technique that involves pushing the ink onto the t-shirt fabric through a stencil, while direct to garment is a newer method that uses a printer to apply the ink to the shirt.

Is heat transfer better than DTG? ›

While one of DTG printing's main strengths over screen printing is its ease to print on-demand, heat printing is even better at it. Consider the time and cost of firing up a DTG pre-treatment machine and printer for just 1 or 2 shirts.

Is embroidery or DTG printing better? ›

Direct to Garment Printing:

Printing is the most effective method for making strong colours stand out, but once printed the design can look flat, rather than 3D like embroidery.

What is the difference between screen printing and heat transfer? ›

While heat-transfer designs have a higher resolution and look better when first made, screen printing soaks into the fabric and lasts much longer over time. Screen printing transfers layers of ink from a fine mesh screen onto the fabric. Heat transfer uses heat to seal a vinyl design onto a shirt.

What is more durable DTG or screen print? ›

Compared to DTG, screen printing has better washability but that doesn't mean that DTG isn't durable. If there is a problem and a DTG print isn't as durable after washing, then it could be that it was not correctly pretreated or cured.

What's cheaper DTG or screen print? ›

For small orders (less than 24 pieces) DTG printing typically costs less than screen printing. For large orders (more than 24 pieces) screen printing typically costs less than DTG printing.

Which is better sublimation or DTG? ›

DTG printing is the best fabric printer for natural fibers like cotton, linen, canvas, or jeans. Even darker materials can produce quality prints. Sublimation printing works best with objects that have polyester or polyester coating.

Does DTG print crack? ›

DTG Printers

This is a high-performance machine known for reliability, precision, and brilliance. It's lightning-fast and prints vibrant, photo-quality images. The Epson F2100 infuses ink into the shirt, so there's no cracking or fading of the design.

Which is better vinyl or DTG? ›

Vinyl is much more durable than DTG. That's because it uses ink that covers the entire garment rather than just the surface. That makes it great for outdoor events where people will be sweating and moving around a lot. The ink won't smudge or run no matter how hard they dance!

What is cheaper embroidery or screen printing? ›

Overall, screen printing is less expensive than embroidery so it is ideal for large orders and large logos. Although screen printing works on a variety of materials, it doesn't work well on thick or fuzzy materials, such as a fleece jacket. For these instances, embroidery might be a better option.

Why is embroidery more expensive than screen printing? ›

Large logos or images will obviously cost more with embroidery because they can take thousands of stitches to create using more thread and take more time to complete. This is where screen printing is definitely cheaper. Another thing to keep in mind when calculating costs is whether you anticipate future repeat orders.

Is screen printing the same as embroidery? ›

Embroidery is done with a needle and thread. It's often used for smaller logos and is popular for the stand-out effect that it creates. Screen printing is where the logo design is on a silkscreen. Then, the ink gets pressed through the silkscreen and transferred onto the garment.

What is better screen printing or digital printing? ›

Quality comparison. Where a screen printing gives a more vibrant finish (especially when printing onto a darker surface), digital distribution is better suited to detailed work due to the layers of ink being thinner which assures the final print will turn out more precise.

How long does screen printing last on shirts? ›

Shirts that are printed using vinyl will usually last for a few years before fading. On the other hand, shirts that have been screen printed will last the entire lifetime of the shirt. Screen printing is more adept at standing up to wear and tear and washing.

How is screen printing done? ›

The basic process of screen printing involves creating a stencil on a mesh screen and then pushing the ink to create and imprint the design on the below surface. The most common surface used in screen printing is paper and fabric, but metal, wood, and plastic can also be used.

Which lasts longer DTF or DTG? ›

Between the two methods, DTG is more time efficient; about 100 shirts can be printed in about 3 hours. While with DTF, about 50 shirts can be printed in the same amount of time.

How many washes does screen printing last? ›

How many washes does screen printing T-shirts last? Screen printing can withstand about 40-50 washes, as the inks used in this technique is quite thicker than the inks used in other techniques, giving it immense power to last till numerous washes without fading away.

How many washes do DTG prints last? ›

The industry standard for shirts is approximately 50 washes. DTG prints with water-based inks can last longer than 50 washes. The length of time your print lasts also depends on the type of detergent used, the temperature, and aftercare taken when caring for your printed shirt.

Is screen printing the best quality? ›

Screen printing is the best option for designs that require a high level of vibrancy, when printing on dark shirts, or for specialty products. The ink in screen printing is applied thicker than digital printing, which results in brighter colors even on darker shirts.

What is DTG printing best for? ›

DTG printing is quickly becoming the most popular option for printing custom t-shirts and other apparel because of its low cost and high quality. With no setup fees, DTG printers are a great option for small businesses and individual customers who want to print a few shirts without spending a lot of money.

Does screen printing crack? ›

Quality screen printing won't crack or peel, and discharge screen printing can't crack or peel.

What lasts longer DTG or sublimation? ›

Dye sublimation is perfect for your business if you want to take the quality of the designs and the final product up a notch over DTG printing. Although it's a longer process, the customer will be pleased with the result and how long the designs hold up.

What is difference between DTG and DTF? ›

DTG can only be printed on cotton, but DTF can be printed on a wide range of fabrics. If you are targeting a specific clientele with limited fabrics, DTG can be a very good choice. But in case you want the flexibility to print on any fabric or garment then DTF can be a better choice.

What is DTF screen printing? ›

Direct to film (DTF) printing is a versatile technique that involves printing designs onto special films for transfer onto garments. Its heat transfer process allows similar durability to traditional silkscreen prints.

Why does DTG look faded? ›

If the shirt looks dull or faded when printed, or starts fading after only a couple of washes, chances are that the problem is rooted in the pretreatment process. Pretreatment solution must be applied evenly and consistently, and must be completely dry, or cured, before the DTG ink is printed over it.

How long does a DTG print last? ›

A number that you hear thrown around is that the industry standard for printed clothing is 50 washes. Many agree, however, that DTG prints will last longer than that. Another way to look at it is that direct-to-garment prints tend to last the life of the garment — and age along with it.

Why does DTG fade? ›

Since the ink is water-based, the pigments are not able to adhere correctly to the polyester, causing a faded look. If the fading comes after washing the garment, then it's most likely due to the inks being under cured. Before the inks can cook adequately, printers need to remove the water from the garment.

What is the difference between DTF and heat transfer? ›

The DTF printing and powder curing process is a streamline process whereas the cutting process for the vinyl heat transfer printer can only be done after the printing is completed. Besides printing and cutting, a large amount of production time is also allocated towards the process of weeding and transferring.

Is DTG the same as sublimation? ›

The inks used in the DTG process apply color to the top of the substrate's surface, whereas sublimation dyes penetrate the surface to recolor from the inside out. Thus, the chemistry of the two processes is quite different, with sublimation relying on molecular bonding, while DTG relies on surface adhesion.

What kind of printer do I need for DTF transfers? ›

Direct to Film Printer

These printers are often called DTF Modified Printers. These printers are mostly the basic 6 color ink tank printers like Epson L800, L805, L1800, etc. The reason this series of printers is chosen is that these printers work with 6 colors.

What's the difference between screen print and digital print? ›

Many often wonder what the difference between screen printing and digital printing is. The biggest difference is that screen printing is done one color at a time, while digital presses usually produce a full 4-color process print in one pass.

How can you tell if a shirt is screen printed? ›

To identify whether you have a silkscreen on your hands, look closely with a magnifying glass or loupe at where the colours meet at the edges. You should be able to see miniscule overlapping of colours in certain areas. 'Registration' is the alignment of one colour of artwork with another.

How long does screen printing last on shirts? ›

Shirts that are printed using vinyl will usually last for a few years before fading. On the other hand, shirts that have been screen printed will last the entire lifetime of the shirt. Screen printing is more adept at standing up to wear and tear and washing.

Which is better sublimation or DTG? ›

DTG printing is the best fabric printer for natural fibers like cotton, linen, canvas, or jeans. Even darker materials can produce quality prints. Sublimation printing works best with objects that have polyester or polyester coating.

How many washes does screen printing last? ›

How many washes does screen printing T-shirts last? Screen printing can withstand about 40-50 washes, as the inks used in this technique is quite thicker than the inks used in other techniques, giving it immense power to last till numerous washes without fading away.

Why is screen printing the best? ›

Screen printing is the best option for designs that require a high level of vibrancy, when printing on dark shirts, or for specialty products. The ink in screen printing is applied thicker than digital printing, which results in brighter colors even on darker shirts.

How long do DTG prints last? ›

A number that you hear thrown around is that the industry standard for printed clothing is 50 washes. Many agree, however, that DTG prints will last longer than that. Another way to look at it is that direct-to-garment prints tend to last the life of the garment — and age along with it.

Do you need a heat press for screen printing? ›

Whether you're printing in a garage or running a large shop, the heat press is a necessity. It'll cure your prints; make printing the continuous, low-quantity orders easy and quick; and smooth your prints.

What makes a shirt high quality? ›

It should look of equal quality. No loose threads, no chain stitch, great stitch tension and a high stitch per inch count. Not only does a high stitch per inch count make for a longer lasting shirt, due to stitches not catching and breaking on sharp objects. It also makes for sharper lines and tighter seams.

Does screen printing crack? ›

Quality screen printing won't crack or peel, and discharge screen printing can't crack or peel.

Does DTG print crack? ›

DTG Printers

This is a high-performance machine known for reliability, precision, and brilliance. It's lightning-fast and prints vibrant, photo-quality images. The Epson F2100 infuses ink into the shirt, so there's no cracking or fading of the design.

How do I stop my screen print from peeling? ›

2. Handwash your customized T-shirts or put them in the washing machine, inside out. Washing your T-shirts inside out will prevent the printing from coming into direct abrasion with other clothing in the washing machine. As such, what is on the T-shirt will stay longer without peeling/cracking.

What is better vinyl or embroidery? ›

Traditionally, embroidery is the better option for apparel, but also the most expensive. Vinyl has become popular for several reason. First, a home crafter can easily turn out t-shirts and tumblers. Second, the home use small vinyl cutters have dropped in price, and the basic vinyl is economical.

What lasts longer DTG or sublimation? ›

Dye sublimation is perfect for your business if you want to take the quality of the designs and the final product up a notch over DTG printing. Although it's a longer process, the customer will be pleased with the result and how long the designs hold up.

What is difference between DTG and DTF? ›

DTG can only be printed on cotton, but DTF can be printed on a wide range of fabrics. If you are targeting a specific clientele with limited fabrics, DTG can be a very good choice. But in case you want the flexibility to print on any fabric or garment then DTF can be a better choice.

What is DTF screen printing? ›

Direct to film (DTF) printing is a versatile technique that involves printing designs onto special films for transfer onto garments. Its heat transfer process allows similar durability to traditional silkscreen prints.

Screen printing is widely used across a great many industries for cost-effectiveness, vivid printing, and other good features. And it is the most common solution for private labeling. That is to say, it can add custom logos or designs to your products or packaging for differentiation.There are 2 way...

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Should you go with heat press, screen printing, or DTG? It really all depends. Are you are starting a clothing line or getting a few t-shirts made for friends or family? I'll explain the best option for your needs, your time, and your budget.

Before you decide between DTG, screen printing, or the heat press method, here are a few things to keep in mind:. 1-10 shirts?. 10+ shirts?. Screen Printing or Heat Press If you are printing more than 10 shirt shirts of the same design and aren’t looking for a DIY solution, screen printing is definitely the way to go.. A couple of really good DTG options that I have used to print shirts are:

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Whether you’ve been tasked with ordering custom printed t shirts for an organization, upcoming event, or you are starting your own t shirt line, this article will help you make an informed decision and eliminate potential mistakes and expense.. Depending on the quality and number of shirts required, heat transfers or “heat applied film” can be more economical than screen or even direct to garment printing.. Colors used in screen printing are vibrant High quality image Long lasting results Cost effective for large quantity orders. Setup costs are high when compared to other methods Most printing companies will have require a minimum quantity order Multiple colors require multiple screens, adding to the initial cost Small quantities can be very expensive. The second uses specialized ink to print the design onto transfer paper, which is then placed on the shirt and heat pressed to the fabric.. Different shirts in the same order can be customized Designs with multiple colors are easy to execute Complicated designs can be easily transferred Great option and extremely cost effective for small quantity orders. The design will fade over time The design will likely crack after several runs in the dryer This method’s results won’t last as long as screen printing or DTG (direct to garment) Heat sensitive fabrics cannot be used If there is shrinkage (in the shirt) after washing and drying, the design will likely have wrinkles or a warped appearance. If your job is a small one which requires multiple colors or customized shirts, heat transfer may be the option for you.. This process allows images to be printed in greater detail than screen printing, and there’s no limit to the amount of colors you can use.. Full color high detail printing The finished product has a professional appearance This method preserves the soft feel of the garment One-off or single shirts can be produced easily Low cost per printed unit. The quality, color, and custom design of the t shirts you order will have a major impact on how much your project will cost.. Once you have chosen the best printing process for your custom printed shirts, get several bids.

For businesses looking to invest in effective branding, whether it's for the purposes of team activities, staff workwear or even promotional materials, choosing custom printing methods to make your own shirt can be the ideal option. Before purchasing a ready-made design, or selecting the type of cus

Before purchasing a ready-made design, or selecting the type of custom t-shirts you’d like, the first step in the process is deciding on the kind of custom printing methods that’s suitable for your purpose.. With screen printing , direct to garment and even heat transfer proving popular for t-shirt printing, it’s essential to understand the differences between each type of print.. There are three basic types of printing commonly used for t-shirt design services: screen printing, direct to garment printing and heat transfer.. A printing technique used for a variety of different artistic purposes, screen printing has a long history of being a good option for transferring images onto a range of different surfaces, from canvas and paper to cotton and cloth.. As each individual screen can only produce one color, for designs with a wide variety of different shades screen printing may not be the ideal choice.. Because of the commitment required, screen printing is most affordable when used for large-volume orders; and it is most applicable to designs in one or two colors, to keep costs low and designs of the best possible quality.. In the same way that a traditional office printer uses inkjet technology to print onto paper, DTG, or direct-to-garment printing, uses technology to produce accurate reproductions of digital designs.. Depending on the printer, treatment may be required both before and after printing to ensure a more precise print and a design that lasts longer.. Direct to garment printing is ideal for use with heavily-patterned designs or even for the creation of garments in which a large-scale photograph is required.. Firstly, the design is printed onto heat transfer paper that is designed specifically to apply the design to a material or surface.. Many t-shirt printing services offer heat transfer as a lower-priced option that’s ideal for less permanent purposes, whether it’s a specific event, party or exhibition where the garment is likely only to be worn a few times.. Heat transfer is particularly highly used for one-off printing or variable print runs.. At BYOG, we used both screen printing and heat transfer to provide our customers with a wide range of options for custom t-shirts, bags and even hats.

Editor’s Note: This is the second in a three-part series exploring the differences between screen printing and direct-to-garment printing. This comparison is subjective, and any judgment indicated is a matter of the author’s preference. Philadelphia-based Rush Order Tees decided to put decorating techniques to the test in an ultimate comparison between screen printing and direct-to-garment […]

Philadelphia-based Rush Order Tees decided to put decorating techniques to the test in an ultimate comparison between screen printing and direct-to-garment (DTG) printing.. It’s easier to tell you what fabrics you can’t screen print on.. With DTG it really depends if the printer has a specialized platen (or if there’s even one available) that fits the garment location you’re trying to get printed.. Print locations: Screen printing is also less limited when it comes to locations.. Round Seven pick: Screen Printing. Round Eight: Consistency While screen printing is leading once again, this has truly been a back and forth battle so far.. It’s just how it goes with screen printing.. From raised print to textures to shines and sparkles and glows, there’s a specialty ink or additive that can do it.. Puff: This additive expands while being cured, for a soft, raised feel.. Round Nine pick: Screen Printing. Round 10: Popularity As we start the final round, it’s not looking good for Direct-to-Garment, which is down five rounds to four.. Round 10 pick: Screen Printing. June 30, 2022 | Production Garment decorators always are looking for ways to create special effects (SFX) with their screen-printed designs by offering specialty inks — puff, glitter, suede, shimmer, high-density and more — to keep their artwork on the cutting edge.

When shopping for a custom bag, t-shirts, or tablecloths, you may have noticed several printing designs that look attractive. However, one thing that may interest you is that in as much as all designs look the same they may have undergone different printing processes, like heat transfer printing, screen printing, and a few more methods.

Then, that paper is placed onto the garment and heat pressed to transfer the design.. On the other hand, screen printing involves creating a stencil of the design and then using that stencil to apply ink to the garment.. In most cases, you can use one color per screen.. The common printing method that uses heat transfer includes a vinyl heat transfer and a digital print heat transfer.. Then use a heat press to transfer the color design on the fabric.. The ink is what makes it possible to transfer the design to a paper and then to the fabric.. This is a cost-effective printing method, especially for small number print out.. TopicHeat TransferScreen PrintingDefinitionHeat transfer is an advanced process that allows us to direct the application of images and logos onto fabrics of various types.Screen printing is a screen printing method of printing designs onto fabrics by using artwork, screen, frame, mesh, squeegee, ink, and a few more materials .DurabilityDurable but comparatively less.In long run it’s durable.Detail and color qualityThe best output quality of print with more details.Comparatively less detailed output but enough bright and clear print.Print color fadednessHT prints are more quickly fadable.. It’s almost the lifetime of the clothes fabrics.ExpenseLess expensive in small numbers but bulk production is costly.Initially costly the HT process but in long run for big numbers of the same design it much cheaper process.Run TimeOnly a few seconds (30-90 sec.). A large printing press has to be made in the most cost-effective method compared to the heat transfer process.. However, some printers prefer to use heat transfers when they have printing jobs in small batches.. The limitation to heat transfer is their labor intensity, and the time it takes when handling large printing jobs.. You can pre-cut or print the artwork and apply heat transfer using a small heating press.

What we wear represents who we are. Consumers are always on the lookout for clothes that speak to their identity. Whether it’s a favorite TV show, brand, or just about expressing a certain aesthetic, designers have a large market where they can put their creativity to work and create garments that

If you’re interested in designing and printing t-shirts and clothing, you’ve likely heard the terms DTG printing and screen printing.. The best use of DTG printers is on small batches of custom shirts, like 10 or less.. Reduced manufacturing overhead (and time) allows businesses to address custom and smaller orders that they may otherwise not be able to fulfill.. DTG printing uses water-based ink, which is more eco-friendly material for an overall more sustainable production process.. Some DTG printers may require multiple passes when printing light ink on dark fabrics, to produce desired results.. DTG printers can only print one garment at a time, line by line, and is a slower production process if you have a large order.. DTG printers work much faster than screen printing, which means the ink doesn’t saturate as deep into the fabric.. Screen printing is one of the most popular methods to print on fabric and is the one that most people think of for garment printing since it’s the more traditional process.. The screen printing method is best for designs that feature bold graphics or typographical designs, with only a few colors.. Because of the material overhead, and breaking down each design into separate screens, this method is easy for larger batches of custom clothing pieces.. Because each color ink pushes through the screen, it fully saturates the garment, creating a lasting image that won’t fade.. If you consistently run large quantities of the same design, the screen printing method is more economical for your production process.. You need to create the design, divide it into color layers, and then create a screen for each segment before you can even begin printing your first shirt.. If your design has several colors, that means you’ll need even more screens – one for each color to be exact.. While DTG printing can handle more intricate and elaborate designs, with multiple colors, but works best on light-colored fabric, and on smaller production runs.

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The Cons: o Not ideal for darker shirts. o Designs don’t last as long as screen printed shirts. o Results in a stiffer feel on the fabric. o Colors aren’t as bright as screen printed shirts. Screen printing basically uses screens and ink to transfer an image onto a t-shirt or promo item.. While screen prints may hold up better in the long run, you’re limited in the complexity of the design with screen prints.. Less than 500 = Heat transfer is the more cost-effective method. More than 500 = Screen printing is the more cost-effective method. Higher quality, short-term = Heat transfer is the best method for you. Lower resolution, lasting image = Screen printing is the best method for you. If you are printing customized designs with different names (such as sports team uniforms), a heat transfer might be the most cost-effective way to go; however, if you are printing a larger order of the same image and want a more durable design, screen printing is likely your best bet.

DTG printing is a fairly new method that allows for a lot of variation compared to screen printing. Read more about it and what One Hour Tees can do.

As you can imagine, the team here at OneHourTees is pretty darn proud of—you guessed it—our ability to print you a fresh, high-quality tee in under an hour.. We’ll totally print whatever you want, but we do prefer the badass dragons.. OneHourTees’ DTG printers can print over 16 million colors directly to your shirt in one single pass.. With DTG printing , there’s zero set-up time.. As every screen needs to be individually created and set-up, that adds to the time, and the cost.. This makes the cost of printing the t-shirt much lower.

There are some significant differences between DTG and screen printing. Let´s dive into the pros and cons of these printing methods, so you can decide which one is for you

There are more options for t-shirt printing than ever before, but there are still two options that win the race more than the rest: Direct to garment (DTG) printing and screen printing.. There are some significant differences between DTG and screen printing, but the most significant difference is the technique of putting ink onto the fabric of the t-shirt.. The printing method direct to garment uses digital printing to apply ink and designs onto the t-shirt fabric that you are making.. You can print very detailed photographs and designs directly to the fabric Excellent for individual projects or one-off t-shirts for an event Ideal for smaller batches of t-shirts Very little in the way of investment up front. DTG printing is a much simpler process than screen printing, as each color that is chosen in the design for screen printing is printed separately.. There are specific t-shirt designs that are more suited to this method than others, and screen printing provides the user with a high-quality result that has always been popular among clothing creators.. The most cost-effective method for large t-shirt batches, as you print more t-shirts, you save more money.

The complete guide on DTG - Direct to Garment Printing. What this printing method is, how it works and why it became so popular.

DTG printing is the process of using a modified inkjet printer to apply digital designs directly to fabric.. What are the best ways to put designs on clothing, and what. are screen printing, digital printing, heat transfer printing, and DTG printing?. These days, clothing manufacturers use high-tech devices like industrial screen printers and modified inkjet. technologies to transfer incredibly vivid images onto T-shirts, hoodies, and all kinds of other garments.. You won't be able to get away with using consumer-tier printing methods for. long; whether you're doing a short-run project or you'll need promotional items for years to come, you'll need to. find a printing company that has access to a DTG printer or high-tech sublimation or screen printing. technologies.. The best DTG printers cost more than $15,000.. Next, you'll need to consider the DTG printing technology each company uses to print garments.. Lastly, the volume of your order changes the cost to print designs on your garments.. In some cases, it might be. possible to receive your order of 100 hoodies back the day that you order them, but you should expect 24-48-hour. return times for orders of this size when you work with established printing companies.. Just like DTG printing, screen printing involves. applying ink directly to a garment.. The designs you print using DTG printers will last as long as screen-printed designs.. Also known as silk screen printing, screen printing is one of the most popular and common techniques that garment. manufacturers use to print designs on apparel.. The method involves applying ink directly onto the fabric through a. silk mesh screen, and printers use a different screen for each color in the design.. While heat transfer printing and sublimation printing are very similar, these two garment printing processes use. different chemical reactions to apply designs to apparel.. However, DTG printing is not a cost-effective method for bulk orders.

Comparing DTG (Direct-to-Garment) with traditional screen printing, including factors like vibrancy, durability, color matching, details, special FX, and more.

Automatic screen printing machine (left), DTG printing machines (right).First, let’s define the two print methods, then get into the details of the comparison.. DTG printing uses the “process” method, making a range of colors out of just 4 or 6 colors (cyan, magenta, yellow, black, red, and green).. Our man Joe setting up a DTG print.Most online on-demand printing companies are currently using DTG printing machines.. While DTG printing has made impressive advancements in recent years, it still has a slightly duller appearance when compared to screen printing.. DTG can achieve vibrant colors that rival screen printing when printing on white garments.. A great example of the smooth and subtle color blending that can be achieved with DTG printing.From gradients to tiny color details, to subtle elements like smoke that fade into the shirt or precise blends like those needed for skin tones, digital printing is a smooth operator with color blending.. Still, it doesn’t make up for screen printing’s ability to print every color on the planet.. DTG (CMYK) version right.The other reason DTG can have trouble with color matching is that if the underbase isn’t opaque enough, the shirt color bleeds through a bit, especially on darker and bright color shirts.. Screen printing pushes ink into the shirt’s fibers, and the curing process permanently bonds it.Screen printing doesn’t have this durability problem– as long as it’s done right.. When you want a super-soft, lightweight print that barely feels like it’s on the shirt, DTG is the way to go, especially on dark shirts and if there are lots of colors in the design.. Even a colorful shirt like this is a lightweight DTG print.. Pro tip: Discharge and water-based inks, when used with screen printing, will produce prints with virtually no “hand” (feel of the ink), and in fact, discharge used by itself leaves zero ink deposit.. Because of the plastic nature of the ink and the flexibility and manual operation, screen printing is one of the most versatile printing methods of all.. But if you want to print on hats let’s say, your best bet is switching to screen printing (or embroidery).

Are plastisol transfers and screen printing the same thing? Read this plastisol transfers vs. screen printing details review!

Are plastisol transfers and screen printing the same thing?. Plastisol transfers and screen printing are printed the same way but have different methods of application to the garment; Screen printing is applied directly to the garment and is ideal for large orders.. This article will discuss all the differences between plastisol transfers and screen printing to help you decide which method will work for you.. The first step is to place the plastisol transfer paper under a screen on a screen-printing machine.. The plastisol ink is printed directly onto the plastisol paper (not the product), then you will align the t-shirt on the heat press machine , which is used to transfer the design from the paper to the t-shirt.. You can’t print photos.You can repeat the same (or similar) design on t-shirts made from various materials such as polyester, cotton, and nylon.You can’t print halftones.Extremely durable (compared to transferred printing).Not ideal for large orders because every garment needs its paper printed.There are no minimums with plastisol transfers which means you can print several t-shirts, all with different designs.. Step-By-Step: Creating A T-Shirt Using Plastisol Transfers Source: Unsplash. Step 5: Slowly lower the top part of the heat, press onto the plastisol transfer, and lock it in place until the timer goes off.. However, screen printing is much more complex than plastisol transfers.. The process also requires tape, scrubbers, films +/- 20 screens (different sizes), plastisol inks (various colors), and additional equipment such as a light machine (to burn screens), a washout booth (to clean and create screens), a conveyor belt dryer and a flash dryer (to dry the screens), a dark room (to store screens), and a screen-printing machine to print the designs.. Step-By-Step: Creating A T-Shirt With Screen Printing Source: Unsplash. As you can see, plastisol and screen printing are the same type of printing, but the applications are different.. Bryan has created his own t-shirt designs through Photoshop, Canva, and other platforms, as well as worked with freelancers to create many of his designs.

Screen printing heat transfers can seem daunting but in reality, it’s fairly simple. If made properly, plastisol heat transfers can last almost as long as a screen prints and can be much easier to apply in certain scenarios. Here are a few ways screen printing your own transfers can help your business: Pre-Printed Desi

If made properly, plastisol heat transfers can last almost as long as a screen prints and can be much easier to apply in certain scenarios.. A plastisol heat transfer can be screen printed with standard plastisol ink or a special plastisol ink specifically designed for screen printing transfers.. Once gelled, the transfer can be heat pressed onto a garment at any time.. Plastisol Heat Transfer Paper : A few types of transfer papers are available like Hot Peel/Hot Split and Cold Peel.. The reason they are called hot split is because they typically leave a percentage of the ink on the transfer paper as the ink splits during peeling, which is why you need a slightly thicker coat of ink on the paper.. Heat Transfer Press. When making a screen for printing transfers, you want to coat the screen with a slightly thicker coat of emulsion then you would typically coat for printing directly onto a garment.. Be sure to tap the paper several times to get all the powder off the paper (except where it sticks to the ink, of course).. You want to GEL the ink so when you heat press it later, the heat from the press will fully cure the ink.. Once you transfer is cured — oh wait, I mean gelled — you should store it in a dry, temperature-controlled area.. Tags: Heat press , Heat transfers , How to , How to guides , How to: tips/lists , How to: videos , Manual press , Manual screen printing , Plastisol , Plastisol heat tranfers , Printing , Printing with plastisol ink , Products and education , Riley hopkins , Riley hopkins press , Ryonet , Screen printing , Screen printing how to , Screen printing info , Screen printing plastisol heat tranfers , Screen printing press , Screen printing tranfers , Tips and tricks , Video , Youtube

DTG vs DTF printing: which one of the two should you consider for your business? Review the pros and cons of both methods here.

Direct-to-garment (DTG) printing is digital printing onto a garment, the same way you’d normally print a document on your desktop printer.. The main selling point of DTG printing is its ability to print out complex designs with multiple colors at relatively fast printing speeds.. On the other hand, DTF printing prints designs on a special transfer film.. Conceptually, DTG and DTF printing similarly use digital inkjet technology to print their designs on substrates.. Instead of printing documents on paper, the printer is now calibrated to print on your DTF transfer films.. White ink serves as the underbase when printing on black garments, and DTG printers may use twice the amount of white ink to color ink!. DTG printing is the slowest of the two printing solutions since it prints designs line by line.. It still requires manual labor to cut and separate all the printed films, but you’ll spend much less time preparing your shirts than DTG printing.. The omission of the pretreatment process more or less gives DTF printing a significant time advantage over DTG printing.. DTF printing can take on larger orders , much like screen printing, as the designs are printed onto the relatively wide transfer films .. DTG printing is well-regarded as being able to create prints with a very soft hand , considered by many to be the softest compared to the other popular printing methods .. The texture quality can be affected by factors such as the amount of pretreatment applied for DTG prints or the amount of hotmelt powder used in DTF prints.. For DTG printing, printed garments that are properly pretreated and cured are quite durable.. However, DTF printers benefit from using much less white ink than DTG printing; white ink is the source of many maintenance issues where printers are concerned.

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