Posted by Ryan Donaldson on 18th Jan 2017
When plastisol ink prints are screen printed and cured correctly they can last for years. Generally the printed area will actually outlast the shirt quality, which will deteriorate with regular washing and wear! DTG prints and water-based ink prints should still hold up to around 30 washes, after which fibres in the shirt can begin to look fuzzy. This is why we generally recommend water-based ink when you’re after a vintage look or lighter-weight print.
There are hundreds of ink options in screen printing, including specialty inks and processes such as puff ink and metallics, foils, heat pressing and much more. On top of this you are able to print on a broader variety of materials when compared to DTG printing.
DTG is often limited to 100% cotton shirts, while screen printing can be printed on most synthetics as well.
A common misconception is that screen printing is only good for solid, simple designs. This is incorrect as there are different processes in screen printing that make printing photographic and more complex designs possible. To create a photographic print we use a process called halftoning, there are different processes within this realm for full colour or simulated and index colour separations. Many people think that only DTG printing has this capability, but screen printing is definitely an effective way to do this with better longevity.
The biggest names in the fashion industry all use some form of screen printing in their clothing lines. Everyone from Element to Cotton On does it, and for smaller brands screen printing is a great way to get your name out there on garments for the world to see at an affordable price.
Screen printing is usually significantly cheaper than DTG printing and slightly cheaper than heat transfers, with higher quality results.
Heat transfers and DTG printing are popular for printing smaller quantities, as both generally don’t have a minimum order. Heat transfers can also be applied by hand at home with the right equipment and time, which can be beneficial to test out your designs without committing to larger print runs. This is popular for brands at the very early stages when they’re still exploring possibilities. Once designs are set in place or a particular direction has been chosen screen printing is the best way to product a retail-quality product for your brand.
Omen Printing specialises in garment printing for brands. We have a minimum print run of 50 units per design, so it’s best to work with us once you have your designs 100% resolved, or if you’re having our graphic design team create something for you. We also test all of our prints before going into production so you can rest assured that your brand will have premium quality gear ready to fly off the shelf in stores across Australia.
If you’re serious about getting your brand off the ground, or if you need screen printing services with another purpose in mind don’t hesitate to contact our team.
If you’re looking for ways to make your prints standout, or if you have a particular result in mind, then you can’t go passed specialty inks. Omen has a number of options available to you when printing your design. Normally the standard ink used in screen printing is plastisol ink, which is part PVC and part [...]
Halftones are used when printing a gradient or realistic image. For example when printing a black and white realistic image we are able to simulate the tonal changes to create a realistic print. In order to screen print a gradient or tonal change we will need a high resolution jpeg or vector file. Our printer will then automatically assign a halftone [...]
AS COLOUR SNAPBACKS Our friends at AS Colour have recently released plain and two-tone snapback, flat peak caps. They're excited, we're excited, and we think you should be excited too. Inexpensive, and on-trend, these caps are ready to be branded by you. Better still, these caps can be supplied to you at competitive prices, courtesy of [...]
SHOW & TELL: EPISODE #1 FULL-COLOUR PROCESS X THE GOONIES Welcome to Show & Tell: Episode #1. For those of you who remember the '80's, we've combined schooling with nostalgia. The focus of this lesson is to show how full-colour process, or CMYK screen printing works. Thanks to King Screen for the video. Full-colour artwork is separated [...]
MAXIMISE YOUR DESIGNS & GET YOUR $$$'s WORKING FOR YOU!!Thinking of starting your own t-shirt design label, and looking for new ways to get more bang for your buck?We wanted to share a few simple insider tricks, that you may not have been aware of to diversify your design range at little or no extra [...]
DISCHARGE PRINTING - ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW! If your looking for something different and want to use a process that is bang on trend, then look no further!! In the past the norm for screenprinting onto dark garments was a plastisol ink, which is an oil based ink that you can feel sitting on the surface [...]
SET UP FOR WHAT... DONT YOU JUST PRESS PRINT?Are you new to screenprinting and unfamiliar with the setup procedure?This month we have decided to talk about screen setup and how it affects your print run in regards to quality and cost.Firstly I need to address the most common myth that we come across with screenprinting: [...]
TAKE CONTROL OF YOUR ARTWORK READY FOR SCREENPRINTINGI think everyone grew up being told sayings like ‘if you prepare to fail, you will fail to prepare.’ or ‘measure twice, cut once!’ Well these lessons are just as relevant when preparing your artwork for screenprinting. Although our fantastic design team is on hand to guide you, [...]
WATERBASED INK Vs. PLASTISOL INKWe often get asked lots of questions in this area like whats the difference in quality, hand feel and longevity in a print ect.Here is the blog to end these questions and allow you to move froward with your print knowing exactly what ink you want to use!The first thing to [...]