Screen Printing

Screen printing uses a woven mesh to support an ink-blocking stencil. The attached stencil forms open areas of mesh that transfer ink can be pressed through to create a sharp-edged image onto a shirt. A fill blade or squeegee is moved across the screen stencil forcing ink into the mesh openings for transfer during the squeegee stroke.


Screen Printing Pros

• Common, you’ve probably seen and owned a silk screened shirt

• Cost effective for large orders

• Color matching i.e. exact match of your logo colors

• Versatile placement of designs


Screen Printing Cons

• Not cost effective for lots of colors, designs

• Longer turn around time

• Specialized artwork

Direct-to-Garment Printing

Direct-to-Garment printing is a process of printing on shirts using specialized or modified inkjet technology. The two key requirements of a DTG printer are a transport mechanism for the shirt and specialty inks that are applied to the textile directly and are absorbed by the fibers.


Direct-to-Garment Pros

• Cost effective for lots of colors in the design

• Great for detail or photos

• Quick turn around on an order

• On-demand – same day printing available on in stock clothing

• No specialized artwork required


Direct-to-Garment Cons

• Not as common – might be surprised a bit by the print

• Not cost effective for large orders

• No color matching

• Limited placement of designs

Screen Print

DTG Print


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