When it comes to t-shirt printing and any type of customisable garment printing for that matter, most online companies will offer two solutions. The first is referred to as screen printing and it involves shirts being lined up or piled ready to be transported to a printing device in bulk. The second is known as direct to garment, or D2G printing, and it takes a little longer to prepare each item of clothing; but offers a higher quality result.
Which method is better?
The answer to this question will typically depend on three particular factors.
- How much you have to spend
- How much detail you’d like your prints to possess
- How quickly you’d like your shirts or garments to be delivered
As screen printing is ideally suited to bulk prints, it is understandably slightly lesser in quality; but by no means will it provide you with less satisfaction. Special events are often supported by matching shirts and to ensure that as many can be printed as possible (and in as short an amount of time), screen printing can offer a rapid way to do exactly that.
On the other hand, and when more detail is required (even if the results take a bit longer), D2G solutions can be better suited. Although it is still possible to print in bulk, the process to do so is far more extensive, with each shirt needing to be properly prepared ready to be taken to print. But the results are of a much greater quality and boast a higher resolution, making them very popular with those that have the extra budget, or anyone that wants to get the most from their printed t-shirts.
There is also the factor of time, with screen prints being far quicker than those that require direct to garment options instead. Screen printing is also good for creating neon tones, while D2G is better suited to metallic hues, so in some cases you might find your decision being made for you depending on what it is that you’d like to achieve from your garments.