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Screen printing vs. Digital printing

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Custom Ink can print in two different ways to best suit your artwork. For most of our products, we offer traditional screen printing in Toronto as well as digital printing for a select few items.

Screen printing is the process of creating a stencil (or “screen” as it’s known by printers) and then applying layers of ink to that stencil. To achieve the final look, each color is applied with a different stencil.

When printing on dark shirts or specialty products, screen printing is the best choice for designs that need a lot of vibrancy. Screen printing uses thicker ink than digital printing. This results in brighter colors on dark shirts.

These products can be printed by hand, which allows for more unique products such as water bottles, can coolers, and mugs. The printer is able to manually deal with curved surfaces. Screen printing is more labor-intensive and requires a lower minimum order.

Digital printing is a newer process. Your artwork is processed by a computer and printed directly onto your product. Digital printing does not use heat transfer or applique. The ink is applied directly to your shirt’s fabric. Each printing process has its own strengths. Our artwork team will evaluate these and decide which one to use when designing your design.

For items with high detail and smaller orders, digital printing is the best option. Digital printing does not require screens, which allows for photographic prints with more detail than traditional screen printing in Toronto. Digital printing can be used on lighter shirts because the ink is applied thinner to achieve this detail. Because the design is digitally processed and printed, there are no screens or physical setups.

Custom Ink is proud to support every printing method 100% of the time. We are working on adding more digital printing products, but the products that are available on this website have been tested thoroughly and approved. We pride ourselves on printing excellence and won’t allow products that don’t produce the best product. Both methods of printing artwork go through the same review and proofing process.

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