Screen Printing T-Shirts
Printkeg can provide small and large runs of shirt printing at excellent prices. We offer screen printing and DTG (direct to garment) printing techniques to better serve clients with a wide range of garment needs. Please feel free to call us to discuss your project.
Small and Large Orders Welcome
On each product page, we offer screen printing and DTG (full color) options. Screen printing is absolutely best for one to three color images. DTG is more suited for full color images and smaller orders (under 25).
What is Screen Printing?
In artistic screen printing, stencils are often made by hand and applied to screens for printing. A squeegee is pulled across the screen and ink enters the open areas to create an impression of the image on another surface. Commercial printing is a little different: a chemical emulsion is applied to a screen, and then artwork printed on vellum paper is attached to the emulsion. The screen is then placed under a powerful light, which "burns" the image from the vellum to the screen. The vellum is then removed, and the screen is sprayed with water, which reveals the open image area created in the emulsion while under the light.
Advantages of Screen Printing
- Cost effect for large batches
- Verstalie design placement
- More volume discounts
- Withstand repeat washes
- Strong color vibrancy
Disadvanages of Screen Printing
- Far less color options than DTG
- 25 minimum quantity requirement
Quality That Lasts
One major advantage of screen printing is the vivid colors and durability it creates. The print quality of screen printing is generally considered higher than other types of garment printing since the heat-dried ink used is tough enough to handle repeat washings without fading or cracking.
What is DTG Printing?
Direct to garment printing is a process where machines can print specialty inks (inkjet textile inks) directly onto a garment in a similar fashion as inkjet technology. DTG is a viable solution for low-quantity orders previously not possible because of the expensive setup process of screen printers. The process also allows for easier printing of full color images.
Advantages of DTG Printing
- No minimums and small orders welcome
- Full color images are possible and affordable
- No setup costs
- Ink binds directly to fibers so images are feel like the shirt.
Disadvantages of DTG Printing
- Not cost effective for larger shirt orders
- Requires more care when washing