They have a similar finish and feel, both are great quality and we always use eco-friendly water based inks. So, which printing method best suits your order?
Screen printing has a minimum order quantity (MOQ) of 25 or more and is ideal for medium to large sized print runs. A screen needs to be prepared for every colour in each print and the set-up can take some time so it’s most cost-effective for designs with a limited number of colours. Most designers stick to 1 or 2 colours but, depending on the design, we can print up to six colours in one design using this method.
Direct-to-Garment (DTG) printing is a digital process using high quality inkjet printers that print directly onto the garment, the set up time is minimal, making it ideal for sampling, print on demand and small print runs. There is no MOQ for DTG printing and we use this printing method for quantities of 1-24. We might also suggest DTG for larger print runs if the design has lots of colours, has highly detailed or shaded areas or is to be printed onto a textured fabric or over a pocket or seam.
*Not all DTG is equal – our machines give great quality prints but many DTG printers produce inferior prints that don’t last. Our prints (both DTG and screen) should last pretty much as long as the shirt itself. We refined the process even more to get as much detail as possible and to avoid the shiny look that some prints have – we wanted it to look as close to screen printing as possible and now we think you’d be hard pressed to tell which prints are which.