Which is better, screen printing or DTG, is an ongoing debate, and we are here to provide the facts you need to justify your t-shirt printing method of choice. Here are the pros and cons of DTG vs Screen Printing in terms of cost, color, and quality.
DTG vs Screen Printing Cost
DTG printing can be an excellent choice for a single t-shirt and low-quantity orders, making it a good option for sample t-shirts.
It becomes more expensive as the quantity increases since DTG cannot yield the same volume discounts with screen printing larger orders.
Any garment that needs a white under base will generally cost about 25% more than those that do that.
Screen printing is a cost-effective option when printing multiple t-shirts.
As the number of prints increases, the setup costs reduce and become more economical than other printing techniques.
DTG vs Screen Printing Color Vibrancy
DTG allows you to print complex details, multiple colors, and mixed shading. Direct to Garment printing is a perfect choice as it offers an affordable way to create fantastic prints.
The initial costs for multi-color screen printing will be slightly higher than DTG options, but in the end, it's worth it if you want a high-quality finish more vibrant and tactile feel.
DTG vs Screen Printing Quality
DTG printing has come a long way and continues to move the needle in terms of print quality. When printing designs with intricate details, or a wide range of colors, DTG is superior compared to screen printing.
However, DTG-printed t-shirts are not as exact when it comes to color as with traditional screen printing; though the base layer used does help to add some degree of longevity to the t-shirt’s print.
It is also worth noting that t-shirts will vary slightly in color on anything other than a white t-shirt because the base layer will wash away some of the vibrancy.
Screen printing has long been one of the most reliable methods of producing high-quality designs on t-shirts, and for a good reason.
When compared to DTG, which prints with some color inaccuracy, screen printing offers an unmatched level of detail, clarity, and vibrancy.
DTG printing works best for complex designs and photography.
Screen printing works best for 1-4 color prints and graphic heavy designs.
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