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Digital vs screen printing - what’s the difference?

Updated: May 15

The difference between digital vs screen printing

In the context of fashion design, digital printing and screen printing are two common methods used to transfer designs onto fabric. While both techniques achieve similar end results, there are several key differences between the two.

Digital printing involves using a computer and a digital printer to directly transfer an image onto fabric. The design is first created on a computer, and then the printer sprays tiny droplets of ink onto the fabric to create the desired design. Because the design is created digitally, there is a lot of flexibility in terms of the colours and patterns that can be achieved. Digital printing is also faster and more efficient than screen printing, as there is no need to create screens or stencils for each colour in the design.

Screen printing, on the other hand, involves creating a stencil of the design and then using a mesh screen to apply ink onto the fabric. The stencil is placed on top of the screen, and then ink is pushed through the screen and onto the fabric using a squeegee. Because a separate screen must be created for each colour in the design, screen printing can be more time-consuming and labour-intensive than digital printing.

However, screen printing is often preferred for designs with vibrant colours or high levels of detail, as it can produce a more opaque and durable print.

In summary, while digital printing is more efficient and flexible, screen printing is often preferred for designs with intense colours or intricate details. Ultimately, the choice between digital printing and screen printing will depend on the specific needs of the design and the preferences of the designer.

Did you know that my prints from my Print Library can be printed either way? Just let me know which printing method you will be using and I will prepare the art file for you at no extra charge.

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