Screen Printing vs Digital Printing

John David Wilson
Owner of Rimshot T-Shirts

With the advent of advanced technology that makes creating customized t-shirts incredibly effortless, there is no shortage of ways for you to design and order personalized t-shirts. Two of the most popular means of creating t-shirts are screen printing and digital printing. While screen printing technology has been around for over 100 years, digital printing didn’t emerge as a viable printing method until the 1990’s. While both forms of t-shirt printing can be relied upon to produce beautiful, well-made t-shirts, they each come with their own advantages and disadvantages. Deciding between screen printing and digital printing depends entirely on your particular needs. Learn more about screen printing and digital printing in order to learn which process is best for you.

Working on Tshirt

Sizing

If you’re planning on creating t-shirts that feature a traditional full front design, then you likely won’t see much of a difference between screen printed and digital printed shirts. Both methods are more than capable of producing vibrant, clear designs that will look great on any t-shirt. However, if you plan on creating more unique t-shirts that require print all over, then you’ll most likely want to go with screen printing services.

Design Elements

When it comes to choosing your printing method, the aesthetic elements you plan on using for your t-shirts should greatly influence your decision. If your design features very miniscule details, such as small letters or intricate patterns, you’ll want to call on a company that specializes in t-shirt printing online in Dallas, TX. Digital printing produces much sharper images that offer more clarity, which is a must-have for t-shirts that have lots of tiny details.

On the other hand, if you’re creating a t-shirt that incorporates a wide variety of colors, digital printing usually limits the amount of color options you have. Not only will you have more options in terms of the colors you can use with screen printing, but your colors will likely be more vibrant.

Timetable

If you need your customized t-shirts delivered quickly, you’ll want to go with digital printing. While screen printing is a rather laborious process that involves a lot of tedious work, digital printing functions very similarly to the printer you have in your home. This means digital printing companies can create a large number of t-shirts in a short amount of time by using advanced technology. In any case, you’ll want to order your t-shirts well before you need them delivered, as the design and printing process can take several weeks to complete.​

Stacks of Tshirts

Material

If you’re ordering t-shirts for a charity event or a recreational sports team, you’re likely going to have the designs printed on cotton. However, if you’re hoping to have your t-shirt designed printed on polyester, linen, or a tri-blend, you may not be able to do so through a digital printing company. In this case, you’ll want to call on screen printing services. This gives you the ability to print your design onto any material you desire. As long as you’re okay with waiting a bit for the final product, you’ll surely be satisfied with the screen printed t-shirts you receive.

Contact Rimshot TShirts if you’re in need of quality custom t-shirts for an affordable price!

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