T shirt Printing – Screen Printing vs Digital Printing by EmbroidMe

EmbroidMe HamiltonT shirt Printing with Screen-Printing

When most of us think of t shirts printing we think of traditional screen-printed t shirts. The process of screen-printing is the oldest and most proven of the four common methods of garment imprinting, it is also the most labour intensive. Screen-printing lends itself well to large run orders as well as to simple logo work. The more colours and the smaller the order the less that traditional screen-printing makes sense. Unlike the other three processes discussed here, with screen-printing once the artwork is done on the computer: the work really begins.

A typical 4 color screen-print for a t shirts printing job can take 2 hours from the time the artwork is done on the computer until the first garment is printed. Once the job is set up, though, t shirts printing can be produced at a very high rate. Orders of 12-24 shirts are definitely not practical with a screen-printing set up and many screen-printers won’t take an order for less than 50-100 garments.

Once everything is setup a traditionally screen-printed garment may only have 10-50 cents worth of ink on it, however, the typical screen-print job costs $10-30 per color to set up. Because screen-print inks can be opaque, screen-printing lends itself to white, light and dark garments (though printing on darks does require a bit more skill than lights and whites).

Other issues of concern with screen-printing are workspace and disposal of waste products as well as a moderate learning curve. Overall, if high volume production is your main objective, screen-printing is a good route to explore. Learn more about SWF East’s screen-printing solutions.

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Digital Printing Transfers are Ideal for:

  • Promotional Wear

Due to their rapid turnaround and fantastic high-resolution finish and vibrancy, digital transfers are our most popular choice for promotional campaigns.

  • Uniforms

For smaller businesses with full-colour logos, you can’t go past a digital printing transfer. Where embroidery & screen printing aren’t possible (or cost effective) for your chosen application or order quantity, digital printing transfers are the perfect substitute! With the added option of printing small runs of 1+ units as you require them.

  • Custom T-Shirts & More

With the ability to recreate photographic images in high-resolution (and with no minimum orders) digital transfers remain a popular choice for our steady stream of local artisans and their one-off t-shirt designs.

  • Garments for Printing:

Digital printing can be used for an extensive range of clothing products from tees, polos, hoodies to hats and flags etc suited for all budgets.

Here at EmbroidMe, we can show you samples and help you find the best apparel to meet your needs.

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