Screen Printing vs. Direct to Garment (DTG)

  • Apr 11, 2017

Screen Printing

Screen printing is one of the most popular and oldest ways of printing. Dating back almost 2000 years ago, the Chinese applied the first screen printing technique using human hair as a screen and leaves as stencils. Fast forward to today, screen printing has gotten a lot more refined. Screen printing now consists of layers of ink are pulled over special screens to produce the desired design.


When To Use Screen Printing:

A key benefit of screen printing is its versatility; virtually anything can be screen printed. That said, the process of screen printing only allows one color to be applied at a time. This limits the amount of colors that can be placed on an item, as each layer demands more time and money. Screen printing is ideal for large orders with simple designs and minimal colors.

Direct to Garment

As the name suggests, Direct to Garment (DTG) printing directly applies ink onto fabric to create a design. Special printers and ink are needed to create lasting prints that are absorbed by the fibers in the garment.


When to Use Direct to Garment:

Because DTG works like a printer, images are able to be printed in high detail. Additionally, any image can be printed so colors are not limited and customization is easy. DTG is also great for smaller orders and does not require a minimal upfront investment.

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  • Tags: Screen Printing, Direct to Garment, Promotional Branding, How-to, Learning