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I’m Carissa with BELLA+CANVAS and we’re at
Shirt Agency in downtown Los Angeles. Today we are going to compare a screen
print with a director garment print. We’re going to take this graphic of a
bear and walk you through these two very different print processes and then we’ll
compare the results. For this video we’re using artwork that has a lot of detail
so hopefully you’ll be able to see a noticeable difference between the two.
For those of you who are new to this direct-to-garment printing or DTG is a
method of printing where digital artwork is printed directly on a t-shirt. Screen
printing is more of our traditional process where you burn a screen for each color
and lay down the artwork in layers to create your final design. So we’re here
with Cole from Shirt Agency we just got these printed we did the DTG prints and
the screen print. We’ll show you how each process was done later on in this video.
But he’s just going to tell us the benefits between doing a DTG versus
screen print. So DTG printing is basically getting printed straight from
the computer onto the garment. And then with the screen printing we’re
separating it into each individual layer. The limitations of the screen printing
the screen printing over here has about a 45 LPI dot. So the dot is visible to
the naked eye whereas this DTG is getting printed at 1200 by 1200 so the
resolution is just phenomenal. So let’s go see how each of these were printed.
Alright so the first step to any screen printing job is to separate the artwork
so here we have our white underbase we’re going to put the white under every
single color so that it is going to be bright on a black garment. The next step
in the process is to turn our artwork into individual films so that we can
burn them into the screens. On this film you can see that it is the white
under base and it’s got all these little dots. Little dots they’re half tones and
that’s how we’re going to trick people’s eyes to see multiple colors even though
we’re only printing with six. So the next step in the process is to have our
actual artwork burned into the screen and we rinse it out with water after
it’s been exposed with UV light. Once we’ve burned our screens we head on over
to the automatic. This first color right here is going to be our white under base.
We’re doing white underbase because these are going
on black heather and black cotton shirts. So we need something underneath our
colors so that they really pop. After the under base it’s going to head on over to
our flash. The flash is going to be curing the under base for about six
seconds at 425 degrees it’ll then swing around to our colors. The first color
we’ve got is our red. Just a little bit of red details we’ve got our sky and our
lake blue. Unfortunately compared to the DTG this is going to be where we’re
going to see one of the biggest differences because the true art has
three four blues in it. And we simplified it down to just one. Next we have the
green for our trees. A nice golden color for some sun highlights. We flash it one
more time and we head on over to the white top. This white top is going to
bring back the details in the cloud and it’s going to allow us to have a nice
sharp image. So when we’re printing with DTG what we’re doing is sending the
artwork directly from the computer to the printing machine. It’s basically the
exact same way you would send it at your own home office. To do the DTG print
we’re going to first have to pretreat the dark garment. We pretreat the dark
garment so that it holds on to the white base. And we can put the colors on top of
it. After we’ve put the pretreat on it we’re going to take it over to the dryer
and then hit it with the heat press so we have a nice smooth printing surface.
We then take it to our DTG machine where we print a base. It pauses for about two
to three seconds and then we put all the colors on top. And then we have our
finished garment it just needs to be hit with the heat press one more time so
that it’s fully dry. So the most obvious benefit is going to be the resolution.
The DTG print is far better at capturing that photographic feel. The screen prints
because they’re using a larger 45 LPI dot. They kind of get the impression of
the image. And you do lose some of that nicer detail you can hold up in the
digital printing. So DTG at the moment is not a very quick technology. We can do
about 20 units per hour on each machine. Where when we’re running a screen print
job we might do like four to six hundred in an hour. Which greatly affects
people’s pricing normally on orders over a hundred pieces we recommend
people just to go 100 percent screen printing. Or if they really want the DTG
we have to add a little bit more lead time and maybe it takes two to three
weeks. Let us know what you think of this video in the comments below and please
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