10 Vital Facts About Screen Printing vs Heat Transfer!
When you browse a website for getting print on your favorite t-shirt, you will see some common printing methods. Screen printing, DTG, heat transfer etc are very common for printing tees.
Thanks to advanced technology, with the help of it tons of tees can be printed within a very short time. Easily you can also Print Your Tees At Home with a small setup. All these three processes have their own advantages.
You can select which process suits you best you depending on the discussion below. If you want a good quality long-lasting vibrant print then go with screen printing. If you want a lot of tees printed within a very short time, then you get to go with heat transfer.
Screen Printing vs Heat Transfer
A pre-prepared stencil is used to apply a layer of ink over the textiles. With the help of ink, the image is transferred to the textile.
Custom designs are produced onto the apparel using pressure and heat onto a heat reactive adhesive coated material called transfer paper, the design is printed while a heat press is applied, and the adhesive reacts with the heat and transfers to the fabric
Better quality printing is possible than the heat transfer
Quality is not better than screen printing
Stencil, frame, squeegee, ink
Heat press machine or iron
Multi-color printing is possible for each color separate screen is needed which limits the use of screen printing for multi-color
Appropriate when dealing with multiple colors
Large batchNot suitable for smaller orders
Suitable for smaller orders
Bright and vibrant color is produced
Comparatively duller appearance
Time consuming but for one or a few colors for bulk order is quite faster
Cost effective in case of bulk order but cost elevates with the number of screens for short order it is not cost effective at all.
Cost effective less the order, the less the costing
More durablelnk penetrates deep inside the garment
Less durablelnk doesn’t penetrate deep in the garment
Salma Hasin the author of this site completed her BSc. in Textile Engineering (Wet Processing Engineering). She wants to share her knowledge to help students in their studies and businessman & entrepreneurs in their businesses in making wise decisions fast.