DTG vs Screen Printing
Posted on November 05 2018
When it come to customising a T-shirt, you can have many options available. But selecting the right one would often be a hard task, as we would not be sure which is best type of method for your needs. Selecting the wrong method could result in you spending more than intended and other complications.
Of all the methods available, the most popular are Direct-To-Garment (DTG) printing and Screen Printing. You may probably have heard of the latter method a lot, as it is one of the favourite methods for customising a t-shirt. But, even though being the most preferred method, its functionalities are limited and cannot be used to print anything and everything. Likewise DTG printing has its limitations.
Let us check how these two methods function and how they suit your customisation needs.
DTG printing is the process where the design is printed directly onto the blank t-shirt or any other garment using modified inkjet technology. DTG process enables us to apply any type of graphic to any type of fabric. What DTG printing can boast of is the fact that by availing the use of a printer to print a garment, there is no restriction of colour, and you can have a precise design as well. With DTG printing, you can be able to print any type of design, in any shape and using many colours. DTG printing is suitable for orders that have only a limited items. DTG is also relatively cheaper and requires only a minimal upfront investment. DTG printing is a slow type of process, as you can only print one tee, hoodie or singlet at a time. This is therefore beneficial for low volume printing, say less than 10 or so. But on the other hand, there are no colour restrictions, or even restrictions for shape, which means that even if you have more than 10 colours, you can easily print it on the fabric.
In screen printing, the ink is pushed over the mesh using a blade. As the blade is pulled over the mesh, the ink seeps through the pores and onto the garment, creating the design. Screen printing is a process that is done manually. What screen printing can boast of is that it is designed for bulk printing and that the ink or print doesn’t fade away easily. The problem that screen printing has is that colours can only printed separately and it takes a lot of time to set up those colours. And only simple designs can be printed, that too with limited colours.
These are the two popular types of t-shirt customisation methods. Choosing these would depend on your design and order quantity. If you need more information, feel free to contact Tshirt Wholesalers.