Both the traditional screen printing and digital Printing (DTG) are techniques of textile printing high quality with very high resistance to washing. In addition, both t-shirt printing techniques allow printing on garments of any color.
So how do you choose between screen printing and DTG to make custom shirts?
Textile Screen Printing
Although specific processes have been automated, it is still an artisanal system. Each color of the polo shirts design requires its own photolith and screen. The textile screen printing is the most popular printing system.
In our various workshops, we can print on all types of garments; t-shirts, polo shirts, raincoats, caps, sweatshirts, bags, fleeces, etc. and we have quite short delivery times ranging from 7 to 15 days.
But the main advantage of screen printing is its quality/price ratio.
The custom screen printing shirts have a maximum of 8 inks in white shirts and 6 in color shirts. In addition, screen printing works with a flat ink system that does not allow the reproduction of photographs, gradients, or shadows.
Finally, there is a minimum number of garments to be printed in silkscreen: 10 units.
It is a relatively new system of textile printing similar to screen printing but does not require screens or photoliths. The shirt printing is done directly through a high-definition printer on the garment.
Unlike screen printing, the major benefit of digital printing is that there is no color limit. It enables you to print t-shirts with shadows, gradients, and photographs with excellent quality, as well as a lesser perceptible touch result.
The minimum order is 10 units, and for small runs of custom t-shirts, it is faster than screen printing, between 3 and 10 days.
The cost of the stamping is medium-high. For tight budgets and large runs, screen printing is more recommended, and the delivery time is shorter.