What are the differences between Direct-to-Garment (DTG) and screen printing?

While both methods are popular choices and yield great results, there are a few key differences to consider when choosing the best option for your order.

DTG is a newer method of printing that uses inkjet technology to apply water-based ink directly onto fabric. It’s a cost-effective method, particularly for small batch orders with complex designs, given the color choices are unlimited and there’s no setup costs involved. Note that with the DTG method, we only print on 100% cotton (ring spun or combed), which can absorb the ink and yield the best results.

Screen printing involves pushing ink through a woven mesh stencil onto fabric. Each color requires its own stencil and only one color can be applied at a time. So, color choices are limited and there are setup costs associated with creating each screen. However, screen printing can be done on virtually any fabric and is a great option for large orders with a simple design and one or a few colors.

This blog explains the differences in more detail.