Different between Screen Printing and Digital Printing


What Is Screen Printing? In screen printing, the screen is the equivalent of the printingplate. It can be created manually or photochemically and is usuallya porous fabric or stainless steel mesh stretched over a frame.

What Is Digital Printing? Digital printing is the process of printing digital-based images directly onto a variety of media substrates. There is no need for a printing plate, unlike with offset printing. Digital files such as PDFs or desktop publishing files can be sent directly to the digital printing press to print on paper, photo paper, canvas, fabric, synthetics, cardstock and other substrates.


Screen Printing :The process involves making a stencil using a drawn/digitized image or a photograph, attaching to a screen, placing it over the desired canvas and spreading the ink over the image.

Digital Printing: All need is a computer and a printer with ink cartridges of every colours.


Screen Printing : Takes a lot of time consuming effort, because the screens need to be made and the process takes long.

Digital Printing: As it is so easy to operate and gives results at the touch of a key. It is relatively quicker.


Screen Printing : Offers better quality imaging as the ink gets deeply absorbed and lasts longer. Screen printing also gives clearer edges to the image printing, because of the precision that carefully created stencils offer.

Digital Printing: The ink does not spread because the image is directly printed on the fabric, but tends to fade quicker that the screen printed images. However, person has a colourful image to imprint, then this is an option, all the colours are present in the single image and person does not need separate screen for the same.


Screen Printing : Costs escalate with the numbers of screens. If person want a more complex image with many colours, then individual slides for every colour are created. It also required trained labour which adds to the cost. It is most apt if person want a large quantity.

Digital Printing: The computer and printers are one time investments and digital printing is cheaper compared to screen printing as the charge is offer for per imprinted image.

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