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Screen Print vs. Digital: 5 Elements to Consider Before Deciding

Posted by George Kilian on Fri, Apr, 03, 2015 @ 17:04 PM

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When deciding between DTG and screen print for your next apparel run, its important to understand the unique benefits each has to offer.DTG printing is typically favored for those fast, low run, high color count jobs; whereas, screen print will offer a better range of color, more flexibility in what it can print on, better hand ondarks and a much larger printable size range.  As technology advances, the gap between these two methods will narrow. Below are 5 elements to understand before choosing between screen print and DTG:

1. SIZE

If you’re going for a standard full front design, digital and screen are good to go.  If you’re looking for something a little more non-traditional like an all over print, then there will be a clear choice.  While there may be some minor limitations, screen printing can get this done with ease.  Round one goes to screen printing.  

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Topics: digital printing, digital t-shirt printing, screen print

File Preparation Tips for DTG Printing on Apparel

Posted by Tara Zanzig on Wed, Oct, 15, 2014 @ 13:10 PM

Digital printing has some similarities, but is a bit different than screen print or embroidery in terms of file prep. Here's some suggestions to submit your file so that your end print looks like you want it to.

  • Use RGB color settings.
  • Illustrator files with fonts converted to outlines are recommended.
  • High res Photoshop files are also acceptable (150 dpi or higher at print size)
  • Be sure to eliminate any stray pixels in Photoshop.
  • White areas should be set to R 254, B 254, G 254
  • Black areas should be set to R 0, B 0, G 0
  • For smooth grey printing, use even numbers - i.e. R 60, G 60, B 60

Some colors don’t print digitally as well as others. Avoid bright, cyan type blues as well as purples and magentas. These colors tend to look muddy when printed.

Keep in mind that DTG printing is limited to 100% cotton garments. Garments with any kind of “coating” - such as stain-resistant aprons - should be avoided. In some cases we can print on 100% polyester - white only.

Be sure to wash the garment or t-shirt prior to wearing. You may notice a slight discoloation of the garment around the printed image due to pre-treating. This is a normal part of the printing process and will disappear after the first wash.

If you’re new to DTG, but want to get some tees printed up, be sure to have a conversation with your rep or an artist about what to expect. It’s best to have this discussion relating to the actual piece of art you’ll be printing.

 

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Topics: dtg printing, file prep, digital printing

The Basics of Printing Custom Made T-shirts

Posted by Sharprint Associated Press on Mon, Sep, 10, 2012 @ 14:09 PM

Custom made t-shirts might seem incredibly simple, but there are actually quite a few moving parts that go into the process. Since ordering a selection of custom designed t-shirts is supposed to deliver exactly what you want, maintaining a large number of options is absolutely key. Read on to discover three very important basics when ordering your custom made t-shirts.

Choose Your Design

Designing your t-shirts is one of the most basic and straightforward parts of the t-shirt design process. It is important that you never lose sight of the fact that these shirts are intended to be worn and be representative of your brand or group. Your custom t-shirts should make a statement to anyone looking at them, and it should be of little surprise that design is one of the most essential components. The overall look and feel of your shirts should be something that represents your group or organization correctly.

A number of things can be included in the overall design of the shirt, including both the logo and the color style of the shirt itself. As you work to design a shirt that meets all of your needs, you may want to keep in mind specific examples of custom made t-shirts you’ve seen elsewhere. It’s also important that you consult with your custom designer to ensure the proper specifications are in place when finalizing your design.

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Topics: embroidery, screen printing, t-shirts, digital printing, custom made t-shirts

Advantages of Digital Textile Printing Your Custom Apparel

Posted by Sharprint Associated Press on Mon, Aug, 27, 2012 @ 11:08 AM

Traditionally, the bright t-shirts with colorful logos and statements sold in retail stores and handed out by companies as promotional items are made using screen printing techniques. Interestingly, screen printing techniques first appeared in China around 960 AD and Westerners began to develop the technique into mass production in the 1930s. While screen printing continues to be a popular method of image transfer, digital textile printing is emerging as a popular option with lower costs and faster results than screen printing. 

Screen Printing

Achieved by imposing a design onto a fine screen and then pressing ink into the screen over the desired apparel item, screen printing has been the primary textile printing technique for years. During screen printing, different images and colors each require a new screen or transfer sheet, requiring several steps to obtain the desired effect. 

Screen printing is also a common print method for designs on everything from balloons to clock faces as well as t-shirts and other garments and textiles. 

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Topics: custom apparel, digital textile printing, digital printing

The Advantages of Digital Printing T-Shirts

Posted by Sharprint Associated Press on Wed, Jun, 20, 2012 @ 13:06 PM

Digital printing t-shirts, a new type of t-shirt printing that offers an alternative to the traditional screen printing method, is a surefire way to create custom designed t-shirts that represent your business in the best way possible. Even better, digital printing t-shirts will ensure that your custom designed t-shirts are produced efficiently both in terms of time and money.


This technique also gives your business more flexibility with being able to produce variations of the same shirt, and it also allows for a higher resolution and overall quality in the design of your shirts. Read on to learn four advantages that might just make digital printing t-shirts the perfect option for your business.

Quality

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Topics: t-shirts, digital printing, digital printing t-shirts

T-shirt Printers and How They Work

Posted by Sharprint Associated Press on Thu, Jun, 07, 2012 @ 09:06 AM

Once you have made the decision to develop your own custom designed t-shirts, you might wonder what your next step should be. The truth is that your experience will depend almost entirely on who your t-shirt printer is - so you had better select wisely.

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Topics: screen printing, digital printing, t-shirt printers

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