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What’s the difference between screen printing and digital printing?

Posted On February 19, 2020 By

Screen printing and digital printing are both popular print methods and which one works for you depends on your artwork, what material you want to print on and the quantity you need.

What is screen printing?

The process of screen printing involves using a stencil (what printers call the ‘screen’) and applying layers of ink to the printing surface one colour at a time. This means a new screen is needed for each new colour. Screen printing is very versatile as it can be used to print on virtually any surface including fabric, plastic, metal and card with a high level of vibrancy.

What is digital printing?

Digital printing is a newer process, once considered the poor relation of litho, digital print uses computers to process your artwork and print directly onto the surface. This print method can provide a lot more detail but the colours might not be an exact match to the original image when printed.

What is screen printing used for?

As a versatile print technique, screen printing can be used to print on just about anything, regardless of shape, size or thickness. It’s often used to produce high quality point of sale, signage and display graphics.

  • Cost-effective for large quantities
  • Versatile design options

What is digital printing used for?

 Digital print is perfect for high quality short print runs for everything from direct mail to leaflets, vouchers, brochures and posters.

  • Cost-effective for smaller quantities
  • Flexibility for changes and personalisation

At AB Print Group, we can handle everything for you. Not only do we have a full range of printing equipment, but we also offer complete finishing services including embossing, foil blocking, spot UV varnish and glow in the dark printing. Let us take care of your print requirements and deliver the quality you expect every time. Get in touch on 01924 47348 to find out more. …