DTF or Screen Print? Which is Better?
Short answer is neither. They are both equal in quality and both can go on dark or light garments of all kinds. Below I will break down the Pros and Cons of each.
|DTF Pros||DTF Cons||SP Pros||SP Cons|
|Slightly more durable with less cracking issues||More expensive||Cheap to purchase in bulk||Has a MOQ per design per size|
|Low application temp||Has a "hand" that gets softer over time||Wide availability||most places only print up to 12x12|
|Digitally printed for smooth gradients and super fine detail||No specialty inks such as glitter or metallic||Specialty inks like metallic, glow and glitter||High heat transfers are very temperamental and require insane amounts of pressure|
|Multiple size options||Limited color choices|
|No MOQ||Full gradients and super fine detail are difficult|
|No color limit||cracks and flakes, has no stretch, has a "hand" that gets softer over time|
So which is better? Whichever fits your project most. If you need a lot of prints in the same design and size then you can't beat screen prints. If you just need a few prints, multiple sizes or high detail (photographic) then DTF is the better choice. Either will be sure to make you happy with their ease of use and look.