Screen Print sits on top of the fabric, while DTG ink soaks in. DTG is generally softer to touch and feels more a part of the garment itself. DTG is generally very stretchy and won’t break.
DTG produces more detailed and more colourful designs than screen print. Because DTG ink soaks into the fabric, the appearance is less ‘solid’ than with screen print.
Because there are no screen setup costs and no setup time required, DTG is much cheaper at lower quantities – it is generally more cost effective in runs of up to 200 and even more so when more colours are required. Screen Printing is much more cost effective in larger quantities.
DTG and Screen Print will be similarly durable and last a similar number of wash cycles