Attempting to spice up a shirt with a logo or something similar usually requires screen-printing or heat pressing. You might not fully understand these processes, but you know that they get the job done. Still, there are differences between the two in terms of money, among other things. This is just one reason why knowing the difference between the two is important. Hopefully, the following will help you understand those differences and help you make a better choice.

Get to Know Screen Printing a Little Better

Screen-printing is perhaps one of the most traditional ways to add an image or letters to an object. The process began in ancient China, though it has definitely seen some developments over the years. The core of the process has not changed, but machines have made it possible to perform the process at a much faster rate.

The idea is to apply an image or letters through a screen in order to place it on the object being screen-printed. It may sound simple, but it requires an ink thinner, an emulsion remover, de-hazer, dark rooms, and a light machine.

One of the most time-consuming aspects of screen-printing is the set up, which should explain why this type of image placement usually requires a minimum order. Still, it is the method widely used for big orders because it can complete large orders easily after the initial setup is complete.

It is important to understand that screen-printing is favored by those who are looking for finer details in each print.

Understanding What Heat Pressing is All About

Heat pressing a design onto a garment is exactly what it sounds like. The designed is uploaded to machine that prints it on vinyl. The vinyl replication is used to apply the design using both heat and pressure on the garment. The process does not take nearly as long as you might expect with screen printing. This is the reason why heat press is the goto process when the order being placed is a small one.

It should be noted that the process is favored among those who are looking for a quick solution to their garment needs. It is also the most popular option when it comes to jerseys since it adapts so well to polyester garments.

The colors are especially vibrant when this particular type of printing is used. There are a few little things to consider though; for one, the printer must know the color of the garment that will be used. There are specific materials needed for light-colored garments and dark-colored clothes. You should also know that the heat pressed design almost feels like the image is on top of the garment rather than part of it, which is why some people prefer it whereas others dislike it.

The truth is that both of these processes have their advantages and disadvantages, but they both deliver what you need. Both methods are effective and long-lasting solutions, which is ultimately what you want. Now you just need to decide which one will work best for you. If you’d like to discuss some options, contact RiverCity Screenprinting & Embroidery to discuss your needs and we can help!