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What’s The Difference Between Custom T-Shirt Screen Printing And Digital T-Shirt Printing?

Date: 10/15/2015 Written by: Launchmark

Last Updated on 11/28/2023 by Launchmark Insights

Last Updated on November 28, 2023 by Launchmark Insights

Are you in the market for custom t-shirts for a group or organization? T-shirts are a popular way to reinforce branding, and it’s also one of the most affordable methods for making members look well-coordinated.

When it comes to customizing tees with images, logos, or messages, buyers can select between custom screen prints and digital printing. So what’s the difference?

Custom T-Shirt Screen Printing

Do you remember working with stencils during your childhood years? Screen prints use a similar, more large-scale process, where screens are applied to outline images and words on fabrics. It requires numerous steps to get the job done right. First, a design is created, then each ink color is prepped. Finally, Launchmark meticulously applies the ink through screens.

The top advantages of screen prints include that it’s a cost-friendly alternative to digital prints. Screen prints are also celebrated for their professional, high-quality, and long-lasting finish.

Custom screen print methods have been in circulation for more than a century, and it’s most often recommended when printing large-scale designs or for bulk orders. The process has evolved with the incorporation of more environmentally friendly inks and automated screen printing machines to enhance efficiency and precision.

Digital T-Shirt Printing

On the other hand, digital printing is a modern method of designing shirts and other fabrics. The method involves a similar process to printing images through a printer on paper, only the stationery used will be t-shirts or other garments.

Designs will first be saved on our computer, and then sent to the printer to be heat-pressed on the fabric.

Some of the top advantages of digital printing include limitless color applications; no minimum order restrictions; simple and hassle-free tweaks; and no-mess seamless prints – as the ink blends into the fabric. With advancements in digital printing technology, the quality and durability of digital prints have significantly improved, making it a more viable option for a wider range of applications.

Tips for Selecting

As seen above, each type of print has its pros and cons.

In order to make the best choice, see some tips below:

  • Recognize Your Needs: Factors that will affect the choice between screen-printing and digital printing include the colors selected, the type of fabric Launchmark uses, as well as the scale of the design.
  • Colors: White ink is usually reserved for custom screen prints.
  • Quantities: Custom prints are recommended for large orders, while small or one-time orders may benefit from digital prints.

Finally, get in touch with Launchmark screen printing and digital printing services to discuss the details of the order. Launchmark provides professional printing services in the Northern VA, Washington, DC, Maryland regions.