DTG vs Screen Printing

DTG vs Screen Printing

Published by Praveen Gowda on 21st Feb 2019

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.

  • Direct to Garment (DTG) Printing
  • At our home, or elsewhere, we would have seen an inkjet printer performing its task. After inputting our command, a blank paper would roll in and come out with the matter we need to be printed. Now, just imagine the same process for printing a t-shirt. The tee would be held by a special type of printer and when it comes out you will have your design printed on it. This is DTG printing.

    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.

  • Screen Printing
  • This is one of the oldest and the most popular methods of printing on an apparel. In this process, the ink to be printed is pushed onto the fabric through a mesh stencil. The mesh stencil, coming with small pores guides the ink onto the fabric, which helps in creating the print.

    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 contactTshirt Wholesalers

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