Choosing The Right Type Of Screen Printing.
Shirt printing needs one to know the type of printing they would use. Direct to garment printing and screen printing fall under the types of printing. The other types are; dye sublimation, heat press printing and vinyl cutting. Direct to garment printing involves new technology that facilitates the printing of designs and graphics directly into the fibers of clothing. This type of printing is also known as digital garment printing, inkjet to garment printing and digital apparel printing.
This type of printing is unique from the rest in that it is easier and simpler to do the printing process. Another advantage that it has is in the long lasting designs and graphics. Heat pressing helps to reinforce on the long lasting effect of the designs and the graphics. This type of printing allows for many variations in printing in comparison to screen printing.
The other advantages in the direct to garment printing is seen in; time and labor invested in the printing, live computer preview prints and use of multiple printers with one computer. T shirts or garment of a dark nature cannot have the direct to garment type of printing done on them.
Screen printing can be defined as the type of printing that involves using thick inks that lays on top of the shirt and doesn’t soak into the fibers of the shirt or garment to print graphics on it. Screen printing is also termed as silk screening. Screen printing applies when one is printing graphics that require one or two colors of the ink. The advantage of using screen printing over direct to garment printing in this case helps in giving the garment a soft and silky feel over the printed area, makes it look better and more visible. Screen printing is more affordable for larger quantities, a great option when one has few colors to print on the garments and when one has ample time.
Screen printing would be recommended when printing; simple company logos, garment or shirts with texts and team names. Screen printing is good for both light and dark t shirts.
Different printing options have different options and bring out the graphics or designs in a different manner. Before the printing process commences, understanding the expectations is key and necessary. Researching on the various printing options and the considerations on their advantages, use and cons provides insight on the right option. Cost is an overall determinant in both types of printing. All factors considered a good choice can be made.