DTF vs Screenprint.

What is the difference?

Screen printing is one of the most popular methods to use in the garment  printing industry. This print method works by pushing ink layer by layer through a woven screen or mesh stencil onto fabric.

A  screen has to be made for each color and design element, and at the end of the printing process, ink lays on top of the fabric instead of soaking into it. Screen-printed designs can also feel different depending on how detailed the original artwork is. More art details require more ink layers, resulting in a thicker feel on the garment.

When it comes to DTF printing, the transferred design has a more uniform feel that doesn’t become thicker no matter what colors or design elements are added.

Screen printing works best for solid designs without small details, such as symbols, shapes, and geometric designs.

Alternatively, DTF printing works well with details as it doesn’t require separate layers for design elements or colors. DTF printing also doesn’t require a specially-made mesh screen for each design, just a printer, transfer film, printing powder, and a heat press.



DTF printing is faster than screen printing, especially for small orders. Screen printing can be time-consuming, especially for multi-color designs. Final product quality: DTF printing produces high-quality prints with vibrant colours and a soft hand feel.

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