DTG or Screen Printing?

30 + products

5+ colours in my design


50 + products


1-4 colours in my design

Screen Printing

More than 500 products


1-7 colours in my design

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Both print processes 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?


The set up time is minimal, making it ideal for smaller print runs from our MOQ of 30.  We tend to use this printing method for quantities below 50.

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 have adjusted 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. For smaller prints and especially the white ink, it's hard to tell whether a print is DTG or screen print.

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

Drawbacks of DTG:

 * Most colours can be well reproduced but subtle variations in colour may not be picked up by the DTG printing machines.  If a very close colour match is required, we recommend ensuring that you are happy with your artwork in CMYK and ordering a sample first

 * We do not recommend DTG printing for garments that might need washing at higher temperatures (which aren't recommended generally for most garments anyway) and for garments that might need to be washed with high amounts of detergent.  This printing method is best washed at 30oC.

screen printing

Screen printing has a minimum order quantity (MOQ) of 50 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®)

 * Ability to match colours

 * Strengths in large areas of flat colour and simple graphics

 * Ability to print with premium inks like metallic and neon

 * Most durable print method and recommended for workwear that might require washing with high amounts of detergent.

Drawbacks of screen printing:

 * Not suitable for full colour designs or artwork with a large amount of colours/tones

 * Lots of prep so only suitable for larger orders


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