Screenprinting Vs Digital Printing - Test result
Screenprinting / Silk screen printing
The first use of Screenprinting took place about two thousand years ago.
The principle is simple, a thin fiber mesh that stretches in a crisscross and creates a very dense fabric through which the color is transferred to the desired material.
Today, a photographic emulsion is used to seal the screen for color transition in the desired areas. In this method, each image can be translated from photography, drawing, painting and print it directly on the desired material: paper, canvas, wood and more.
In the past, the Chinese had made the screen from silk fibers-hence the popular name of the silk-screen technique.
Today, the fibers are made of polyester, which gives the mesh significant strength and efficient and accurate use over the years.
This printing method is the most efficient and quality in the market to date and is widely used in the textile industry.
The industry uses the technique in a fully mechanized manner with minimal human contact. We in the studio print by hand only.
It gives us the possibility to produce both small quantities (of a single shirt), controls the entire production process, uses the best colors, and provides our customers with a final super quality product that lasts years!
One more important thing! The type of color we print
There are two main types of inks:
It is a dye based on compounds of PVC and various oils.
Originally used in the map industry and it is now widely used
In the world of textile printing.
The main reason printers use Plastisol is cost-benefit considerations.
Plastisol does not dry on the screen while printing and you can print a huge amount of shirts without having to clean the screen- the dream of every factory, the nightmares of all wearing a shirt in the July-August heat that has a casting of ink on the shirt!
This ink is based on compounds of acrylic water-based adhesives.
That does not mean that the ink will fade away in the laundry. The opposite!
When printing in water-based ink we get organic and pleasant printing, as opposed to plastisol inks, the water-based ink absorbs in the fiber and paints it and does not dry over it. It's true, the color dries faster on the screen during printing and makes us pause from time to time, It's harder work, but that's how we are, small sadists of screen printing!
That's why we print manually, so we can continue to work with high-quality inks rather than compromising the end result.
This technique is common in recent years and enables the printing of any design or image, without limitation on the number of colors.
It sounds like a dream! In some cases, this is indeed the preferred method and it again depends on who’s t-shirt is printed and what quality we strive for. Digital printing makes use of inkjet pads that print the design on special paper and are then transferred heat to the shirt, Or by printing directly on the shirt. The main difference - the printer uses ink rather than real color.
The ink has a limited level of saturation characterized by tired, non-vivid and bright colors. The digital printing works mainly on light fabrics, can be printed on dark fabrics, but the results are very lame.
The most significant advantage of a printed shirt in screen printing is the maintenance of print quality over time.
The fabric remains flexible and there is no sense of a huge sticker sitting on the shirt.
The printing area is heat resistant, ironing and many washings without fading of color, no cracks and a feeling that the shirt was born printed.