Digital Printing vs Screen Printing [15 key Differences]

While choosing the best printing process for you: Digital printing vs Screen printing, you have to understand the pros and cons that each process offers.

About Digital Printing

Want to print a short batch? Need 50 tees printed now?

Then DTG is your process to go. It offers a highly detailed image, and you can enjoy live prints also. It is an advanced technology in the printing section. 

About Screen Printing

The age-old process from Egypts, The Silk Screen Printing, offers a detailed, sharp image with deep penetration of colors inside the textile. This lasts longer and is the best option for a larger batch with thousands of items. 

But if you want a good print that feels good, having better appearance with extreme color vibrancy, lasts longer then it is a suggestion for you to go with Screen printing. With some simple tools you can print your favorite tees at home.

So let’s see which printing process wins the battle……………..

Have a look on Digital Printing Vs Screen Printing

Topics

Digital printing

Screen printing

Process

Computer aided process.Images of a variety of colors are transferred directly to the textile.

A pre-prepared stencil is used to apply a layer of inks over the textiles.With the help of ink the image is transferred to the textile.

Complexity

Simple process

Complex process in comparison to digital printing

Effort 

Easy

Labor-intensive

Time

Quick task

Requires more time as screen preparation is an extra step

Product quality

Ink doesn’t absorb deeply in the textile. But a detailed image of multiple colors with sharp edges is produced.

Ink gets deeply absorbed inside the textile.Better quality imageAlso a detailed image with sharp edge is possible

Longevity

Fades quicker

Lasts longer

Suitable for

Short  batch

Large batch

Color range

A variety of color can be easily printed in a single image with a single strokeBut blue and violet don’t look good on an underbaseNo speciality color available

Multiple colors are easily possible.But for every single color a different screen is needed.Versatile in ink variations.Specialty color is available such as metallic, glow in the dark, uv sensitive etc.

Vibrancy of color

Slightly dullBest on lighter color as ink applied thinner.

Bright & vibrantHigh level of vibrancy even on dark garments.Color applied thicker than DTG.

Ink uses

Water-based ink

Plastisol ink

Printable garments

100% cotton or polyester

Cotton, polyester, nylon, coated fabrics, barlap, bamboo etc.

Touch

In white garment feels soft.But in dark garment, it requires a significant underbase to retain color so feel a bit rubbery.

It feels like nothing printed on garments.

Special products

Can’t be operated on uneven or curved items.

Printers can be manually operated so printing can be possible on uneven or curved surfaces like water bottles, koozies, mugs etc. 

Live photo

Live photos can be printed.

Live photo print is impossible.

Cost effectiveness

Cost effectiveInstallation investment is higher but it is one time investment.This investment offers per orders so cost is minimal.

The multicolor option requires separate screens.Cost increases with escalation of screens.

To Sum Up!

Both of the printing processes are good to go but it depends on you. Depending on the quality, time or set up you have, you can choose which one is best for you.

In our above discussion, the battle winner is clear……So i think no need to mention that. You are quite knowledgeable to understand it.

So what’s your process??

Click here: Screen printing vs Heat transfer if you are interested to know about.

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