Why Screen Print? 4 Reasons Screen Printing Still Matters in the Digital Age

by Wendy Croxford

in Screen Printing

14 May 2015  | 0 Comments

Digital technology has transformed the world of graphic arts. The electronic and interactive nature of digital media has opened new artistic frontiers, creating different techniques that expand the artists’ horizons and enhance creativity in various forms that we never imagined were possible.

But no matter how strong the influence digital technology has on the world of graphic design or art, we shouldn’t take for granted the traditional printing processes, such as screen printing. Although many new methods of printing have emerged, screen printing remains to be one of the most reliable methods and offers many advantages. Below are some of them.

Creates Unique and Authentic Outputs

Screen printing creates unique visual outputs when compared to digital printing. The ink for screen printing is absorbed deeper, providing clearer edges to the image. Screen printing ink can also be applied thicker, resulting in long-lasting, brighter and more vibrant colours even on darker shades. For garment design that requires a high level of vibrancy when printing on dark grounds, screen printing is still the best option.

Cost-Efficient & Yields Large Volumes

Screen printing is more cost-efficient compared to digital printing since it can create large quantities of the design that you want at a faster turnaround. Higher volumes of identical graphics can also be mass produced using the screen printing process, making this the best printing option to use for larger orders.

Very Versatile

Screen printing accommodates a wide range of materials, including vinyl, fabric, rigid plastic, foam board, metal, glass and many others. The printer can produce different products, such as banners, t-shirts, hats, posters and wallpapers using the same screens. It is also not limited by size or shape, so distinctive shapes like those of mugs and bottles can be designed using this printing method.

Provides Long-lasting, High Quality Results

The ability of the screen printing ink, like water based inks, to bond over the material of the garment results in a more durable and clearer image compared to digital printing. Heat-dried screen printing inks are also durable enough to handle repeat washing without cracking or fading. Also, additives and coatings can be added to the ink to make it resistant to UV rays, scratches, chemicals and moisture, allowing the products to last for many years.

Bottom Line

Versatile, durable, cost-efficient and high quality—these are just four of the many reasons why screen printing continues to be the most popular method of printing in a variety of commercial and retail applications.

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