iLogo primarily offers 2 types of T-Shirt Printing & printing on Hoodies made of cotton. We provide the traditional Screen printing on majority of our products and direct to garment(DTG) on some of our products to provide you with the best finished product. For both these prinitng methods we shall explain their respective advantages and drawbacks. After reading this post, you will have a fair idea of which method of t-shirt printing to use.
Screen printing is the oldest and most widely used method of printing on t-shirts, hoodies and other apparel. Another name for this technique is silk screen printing. In screen printing, stencil of your design is created. The number of stencils depends on the number of colours in the design. A screen with the stencils, usually made of nylon mesh, is made to transfer the ink onto the t-shirt. The screen with the stencils is placed on the t-shirt and ink layered onto the screen. As ink is only passed through the area of the design in the stencil, the t-shirt is printed with only the design. A stencil for each colour is applied one after the other to get the final print of the design.
Direct to Garment Printing or commonly known as Digital Printing is a relatively new technique. In DTG, the artwork is processed on a computer and then the T-Shirt is printed directly with the help of DTG Printer. Direct to Garment(DTG) Printing is not the same as Heat transfer as in DTG, the ink is layered directly onto the fabric of the t-shirt while in Heat transfer, the design is printed onto a paper which is then transfered to the t-shirt by applying high pressure and temperature. As DTG is printed directly on the fabric vs onto a paper and then heat transferring, the quality of DTG is much superior in quality.
Screen printing is best suitable for designs which have a larger run and require vibrant prints on dark colours. As screen printing is processed manually, they can be printed on unique locations like the sleeve, collar and edges of the seams. The minimum quantity of screen printed products exist because of the extra labour, material and processes associated with the printing technique. Screen printing can also not be used to print photographs and similar designs as they cannot be seperated into different unique colours.
Direct to Garment Printing is best suitable for designs which have a high degree of details and, orders of a smaller quantity. As Digital print is not printed with stencils but the image printed directly onto the fabric, it allows for photgraphic images to be printed with much more details than the traditional screen printing. As the ink is layered thinly on the fabric to enable the finer detailing, they are best suited for lighter coloured t-shirts. As they are printed using a DTG printer and there is no set up involving screens, even a single t-shirt can be printed.
Screen Printing has the following advantages:
Screen Printing however has it's disadvantages:
Next on the line is the Direct to Garment(DTG) method. This is a relatively new method of t-shirt printing and was introduced only in 2005. It involves printing directly on the t-shirt. It is printed using a DTG Printer. This works exactly the same way printing is done by an inkjet printer on paper.
Being able to print directly on the t-shirt with a machine has the following advantages:
Considering DTG printing is an emerging technology, it has some inherent disadvantages:
At iLogo, we are continually working on getting the latest available printing techniques. We offer the best industry practices in T-Shirt & Custom Hoodies printing. We strive to continuosly improve and ensure that both forms of printing are to the best standards of quality to ensure that you receive a superior custom product. Designs for both forms of printing are reviewed by our expert artists to ensure that you receive the best finished custom T-Shirt.
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