The Difference Between Screen Printing And Digital Printing

May 18, 2018

In the past decade, the manufacturing industry has undergone a major transformation, which includes the adoption of newer printing techniques.

Although techniques like screen printing are still widely used, the latest printing techniques, such as digital printing may prove to be better, in some cases.

Here is everything you need to know about the two printing techniques:

Screen printing is a traditional printing process. You create a screen or stencil and then use it to apply ink on your product.

 Keep in mind, you can’t use the same stencil for different colors. For each color, you need a different stencil.

On the other hand, digital printing is an advanced printing process. It entails using a computer to process artwork. Then the processed artwork is printed directly onto a fabric.

Screen or digital: Which one should you choose?

It is important to understand that each process has its pros and cons. Keeping this in mind, you should select the printing process that best suits your product requirements.

Here are some factors to consider when selecting the right printing technique:

Order size

First off, figure out how many pieces you require. In a nutshell, screen printing requires a lot of prep time and is much more laborious than digital printing. Another important thing to remember is that screen printing usually has a minimum order requirement.

If you’re dealing with bulk orders, it is better to opt for digital printing. You will get the flexibility you need, without breaking the bank. Unlike screen printing, digital printing often has a flat rate.

Product material

Digital printing can be used on cotton only. On the other hand, screen printing can be used any material, which includes cotton, nylon, polyester and more.

Product design

If you’re looking to print small, intricate designs, digital printing will give you clearer and sharper images. That said, digital printing comes with a limited color palette. Also, screen printing produces more vibrant colors.


Last but not least, consider the time frame of production. If you’re short on time, digital printing can handle large orders in a short time period.

Still can’t decide whether to go for digital or screen printing? Let the experts at Lefty Production Co. help you make the right decision.

As a leading accessories and apparel manufacturing company, Lefty Production Co. offers complete design, development and manufacturing solutions under one roof. The company’s services include fabric sourcing, pattern and sample making, cutting, sewing, product marking and grading, finishing, and more.

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