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Tips To Help Print Your Own T-Shirts

Tips To Help Print Your Own T-Shirts

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What's the difference between screen printing & digital printing (DTG)?

Digital Printing, or direct-to-garment (DTG) printing is a process where essentially a large inkjet printer prints specialty ink directly onto garments, instead of paper. With darker garments, a white underbase layer is also applied.

The Screen Printing process is a little more laborious, and involves pressing ink through a stencil. Each colour in the design is printed separately with its own stencil, and a white underbase is also applied if the garment is darker.

Both processes produce comparable, retail-quality prints, and each have different strengths and finished looks.

 

Which print method is right for my project?

Digital Printing!

If you look at doing   full-colour, photographic and customisable prints then this option is far superior.

It is suitable for natural fabrics such as cotton, silk, linen and hemp. If you just want a few runs such as 1 to 10 then Digital printing is the best option for you.  Your photograhic or colourful design will get the best quality result.

Screen Printing!

Thsi works best for solid spot colours. Examples are such as matching Pantone colours in corporate logo's.

You can print on a varierty of fabrics such as polyester too. You can also order photographic and full colour prints as a screenprint too but you won't get as much detail as a digital print for these designs.

Where value for money is concerned Screenprinting is better value for money on larger runs. You do need at least 20 shirts minimum to make this worthwhile.

The most suitable process for your project ultimately comes down to your design and the quantity you're after.

 

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