WHAT ARE THEY?
DTG (Direct To Garment): Think of it as an industrial inkjet printer but for clothes.
Screen Printing: A print technique where ink is pushed through mesh screens onto the fabric.
DTG: Small orders, complex or photographic images, and high-quality cotton fabrics. (Note: Lower-quality fabrics may produce subpar results.)
Screen Printing: Bulk orders, simpler designs with limited colours. Effective on a wide range of fabrics.
LOOK & FEEL
DTG: Matte to satin look, light feel
Screen Printing: Default is smooth & matte, but can be tailored - e.g: glossy & thick or matte & soft.
PROS & CONS
- Low minimum order
- Cost-effective for small runs
- High detail
- Limited garment options
- Special care needed when washing
- More expensive for bulk orders
- CMYK only (limited vibrancy, no Pantone matching)
SCREEN PRINTING PROS
- Economical for larger runs
- Very durable
- Wide garment choice
- Vibrant colours
- Pantone matched colours
- Tailorable look & feel
- Special effects (fluorescent, metallic, glow, puff etc)
SCREEN PRINTING CONS
- Higher cost for low volume
- Less detail than DTG
Choose DTG: If you want a cost-effective option for small orders with complex designs.
Choose Screen Printing: If you need vibrant colours, durability, and are looking to print in bulk.