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DTG or Screen Printing?

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Less than 30 products

OR

5+ colours in my design

Direct-to-Garment

More than 30 products

AND

1-4 colours in my design

Screen Printing

More than 500 products

AND

1-7 colours in my design

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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?

Direct-to-Garment

The set up time is minimal, making it ideal for sampling, print on demand and small print runs. We tend to use this printing method for quantities below 25.

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. Both DTG and screen should last pretty much as long as the shirt itself.

We refined the process to get as much detail as possible and to avoid the shiny look that some prints have, and wanted it to look as close to screen printing as possible. You’d be hard pressed to tell which prints are which.

Benefits of DTG:

· Finer achieveable detail compared to screenprinting (depending on the artwork and garment)

· Strengths in gradient/colour changes as well as the ability to utilise the garment colour itself as part of the printed design

· Less set up time in most circumstances

screen printing

Screen printing has a minimum order quantity (MOQ) of 30 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 less complex designs with a limited number of colours. 

Most designers stick to 1 or 2 colours but, depending on the design (and number of garments ordered), we can print up to seven colours using this method.

Benefits of screen printing:

· Wider range of colour (PANTONE®)

· Strengths in large areas of flat colour and simple graphics

· Ability to print with premium inks like metallic and neon

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Screen Printing
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