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Why you should choose screen printing over digital printing

There are many people out there that think that screen printing isn’t being done anymore. This is because everything is digital these days. However, there are still many companies that are doing screen printing instead of digital printing. This is something that can really be effective when it comes to a lot of printing or when you just one color printed, and this is why screen printing is still being done today.

With this information, you will know the difference between digital printing and screen printing and why this is something that you should consider:

What is screen printing?

With screen printing, we are basically pressing ink into the fabric to create your design. We are doing this color by color. This might be a long process, but it is more effective. This is because the color won’t fade as easily or the image won’t damage when the material is being washed.

The technology of screen printing has improved, but the basics are still the same than when people have done screen printing years ago.

What is digital printing?

In order to know why screen printing is still being used, you might want to know what digital printing is. This is similar to normal printing that you are doing at home, on paper. However, the difference is that the printer is larger and designed to print on cotton.

Here you can print more than one color at a time, it can be is a lot quicker than screen printing depending on the quantity needed, however, in some cases it isn’t going to give you a high quality image that will not fade away.

The difference between screen printing and digital printing

The difference between screen printing and digital printing is obvious when you are thinking about it. These are the main differences between screen prints and digital printing that are done in house at Houston Screen Print.

  • Screen printing is pressing the image onto the fabric. Making it durable and long lasting. The digital printing is just printing on the fabric. This means that the colors will fade away over time.
  • With screen printing, you are doing one color at a time. It can taking longer and can be more expensive if you are doing just a handful of shirts. With the digital printing, you are printing more than one color at a time, and is a lot quicker if you are only needing a small quantity of custom t-shirts.
  • For a large order, screen printing is the recommended route.  This is because a digital printer takes a set amount of time to print out one shirt.  With screen printing and an automatic press, we can turn out a large quantity of shirts faster.
  • Personalization is one area where digital printing works best.  Because screen printing requires a screen to create the image, it’s not practical to burn 20 to 30 screens to print names or numbers on shirts.  However, with digital printing, you can do letters, numbers or and words and get basically any design you want with digital printing.

These are the main differences that you can find between screen printing and digital printing. The one that you are going to choose will depend on your design, the amount that you are going to get printed and the quality that you want to have.

Benefits when considering screen printing

People are afraid to choose screen printing, because they aren’t familiar with screen print, and they don’t really know if this is something that they should consider. These are some of the benefits and reasons why you should consider choosing screen printing instead of something like digital printing.

  • Screen printing is providing high quality printing that will not fade away over time. This is making it worth the while to pay more for screen printing and to have something that will last a long time. This is because the color is being pressed into the material.
  • You can use basically any type of material for screen printing. Something that you will not be able to do with digital printing. Digital printing can only be done on cotton. Limited your options of materials that you can print on.
  • You don’t have to worry about the size of the project when you are doing screen printing. There is a limit to the size of digital printing, because the printer is just one specific size.

One thing that you need to know, is that even if there are such a large variety of benefits for screen printing, there are a couple of negative things that you should be aware  of. It is more expensive than digital printing if you only need a handful of shirts or need them personalized.  If your design has a lot of colors and shading, then digital printing may be the better option for your custom t shirt project.

When you are choosing a company for screen printing

There are many people that have done screen printing before and not satisfied with the service they got. This might be because they have chosen the wrong company for this type of printing. You need to make sure that you are using the best Houston screen print company for this type of work, if you want to make sure of getting value for money. These are some tips on how you can make sure that you are choosing the right company for screen printing:

  • You should ask the to explain the process to you. From submitting artwork, brand and type of t-shirts being used and how long production time will take.
  • It is also advisable to ask for references and to read as many reviews as possible. This will give you an indication if the company that you are going to use is going to give you a product that is providing value for money.
  • Don’t use the first company that you came across. You should get more than one quotation about what it is going to cost you, before you are letting just any company do the screen printing for you.
  • Using a company that doesn’t have any experience and that are still a new company isn’t recommended. You will not have anything to compare to show you the quality work that they have done for previous clients.

Screen printing. There are so many people that are still thinking that screen printing is something that isn’t being done anymore. This isn’t the truth. With this information, you will see that there is a huge difference between screen printing and digital printing. And, that you should make sure that you are choosing the right option when you want to get something print on fabric. Houston Screen Print is offering you a large variety of benefits that you will not get from digital printing. You will also know that the fabric is going to be long lasting and is going to provide you with value for money.

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