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Differences Between Screen Printing and Digital Printing


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Considered the most popular printing technique with great results over the time, screen printing is ideal for printing an image or logo that does not exceed 18 colors. If you want a company logo on a T-shirt or a textile bag, screen printing is the ideal option.

How does screen printing work?

The inks are transferred from a smooth substrate through a printing screen whose meshes are constantly filled up. The smallest screen has 300 mesh inch, which makes the maximum resolution on which printing is provided to be 300 dpi.

The process requires that each color layer be printed successively, so several screen printing plates are required, one for each color, which is why screen printing is not recommended for photos with many details. In their case, it is recommended to use techniques such as Digital Transfer or Sublimation Printing.

On the other hand, the digital print is a reproduction of digital images on a physical surface. According to KD Kanopy graphic designers, it is generally used to customize the print media (paper, cardboard), being a method of printing directly into the fabric, which does not require molds. Because there are very few initial settings to be made, digital printing is very useful for making rapid prototypes and low runs can be performed at much lower costs.