Choosing The Right Type Of Screen Printing.
Shirt printing needs one to know the type of printing they would use. In the types of printing available, screen and direct to garment printing would be inclusive. The other types are; dye sublimation, heat press printing and vinyl cutting. Direct to garment printing is a type of printing that involves the direct printing of graphics and designs into the fibers of clothing. Direct to garment printing can also be referred to as digital garment printing, inkjet to garment printing and digital apparel printing.
Direct to garment printing sets itself apart from the other types of printing due to the simplicity in the printing process. Printing using this method also has its benefits in providing long lasting and durable designs in the graphics and designs. The designs can be made more long lasting through use of heat pressing. In direct to garment printing, there are many variations as compared to screen printing.
Other benefits in the direct to garment printing are in time and labor, 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 is a technique where one uses thick inks to print graphics on a shirt which lays on top of the shirt rather than soaking into the shirt. Screen printing is also termed as silk screening. Screen printing has its use in graphics with one color or two ink colors being used. For this purpose, using screen printing rather than direct to garment printing makes the colors more conspicuous, seen and have a soft silky feel. 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. It is a good printing choice for both dark and light garments.
Shirt printing can bring out the design or graphics desired but the processes in the varied types of printing produce different results and are done differently. Before the printing process commences, understanding the expectations is key and necessary. Choice of the right printing method to use is dependent on factors such as the advantages, disadvantages and where the printing type is used thus one would be in a better position to make the right choice. Cost is an overall determinant in both types of printing. An informed decision can be made when all factors are considered.