Screen printing is the process that involves transferring a stenciled design onto a flat surface using a mesh screen, ink and a squeegee. You will also find this method called silk screen. Heat transfer printing is type of printing that uses heat to bind a design to a fabric.
There are some major comparisons between these two methods:
Durability: Screen printing soaks into the fabric and lasts much longer over time. A heat transfer image sits atop the fabric, and it is susceptible to fading and cracking over time.
Multi-Colored Designs: Screen printing needs to separate screens for each image color, so the designs usually include only a few colors or just one color. In contrast, heat transfer allows you to print multiple colors at once.
Complexity of design: Screen printing works best for simple designs or logos. Heat transfer can make a more crisp-looking image and allows you to use complex designs, including photographs and complex images.
Set-up Process: Screen printing needs more time to set up and the set-up cost is more expensive. But after set-up, it can quickly print products of the same design. Therefore, screen printing is suitable for large orders, and heat transfer is the more cost-effective method for small orders.
The printing method best for you depends on your individual needs. Here’s a conclusion of when to use a screen printing or heat transfer.
Screen printing suits large orders, simple color and design, and dark color products. It produces lasting and durable image.
Heat transfer suits small orders, complex or multi-colored design, and light color products. It is environment-friendly and produces high resolution image.
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