What You Should Know About Screen & Digital

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Screen & digital printing are two common methods used for transferring designs onto various surfaces. Although screen & digital printing both achieve similar outcomes, they rely on different techniques and technologies.

What You Should Know About Screen & Digital Printing

The Basics of Screen Printing

Screen printing, otherwise known as silk screening, is a traditional printing method that involves using a mesh screen to transfer ink onto a substrate. The process begins by creating a stencil that is stretched tightly over a frame. The areas of the screen are blocked off, and then ink is forced through the stencil onto the substrate.

Screen printing is known for its vibrant colors, durability, and ability to print on a variety of surfaces. It is commonly used for large production runs because it is efficient and cost-effective for bulk orders.

The Basics of Digital Printing

Digital printing involves transferring a digital image directly onto a substrate using specialized printers and inks. Unlike screen printing, digital printing does not require screens or stencils. Instead, the image is printed directly from a digital file onto the material.

This printing method offers high-quality, full-color prints with intricate details and shading. We recommend digital printing for small to medium print runs because it does not require the setup time or costs associated with creating screens.

At Common Threads Embroidery and Apparel, we do screen & digital printing, and we are dedicated to making your next project a success. Contact us today to learn more about these printing methods and to place your order.