Mainly design offers two different printing methods, in order to provide a process that best suits your artwork. We offer screen printing as well as digital printing.
Screen printing involves creating a stencil (printers call this a “screen”), and then using that stencil to apply layers of ink on the printing surface. Each color is applied using a different stencil, one at a time, combined to achieve the final look.
Digital printing is a much newer process that involves your artwork being processed by a computer, and then printed directly onto the surface of your product. Digital printing is not a heat transfer or appliqu’e, as the ink is directly adhered to the fabric of your shirt.
- Screen Printing
- Quick Overview of screen printing
- Best option for designs that require a high level of vibrancy. The ink in screen printing is applied thicker than digital printing, which results in brighter colors even on darker shirts.
- Provides the best value for orders of 7+ items.
- Since screen printing uses different screens for each color in your design, we are able to print a maximum of 8 colors.
- Digital Printing
- Quick overview of digital printing
- Best used for items that required high amounts of detail, such as photographs.
- The fact that the design is processed and printed digitally allows for a quantity of one, since there are no screens or physical setup.
- The item must be 100% cotton to allow for digital printing.
Each printing process has its strengths, and our artwork team will weigh these when deciding which to use for your design. At Mainly Design we are proud to stand behind each printing method, 100% of the time. We guarantee a beautiful print.