Screen Printed vs. Digital -Which should I use?

We carry different types of transfers that are all applied to apparel using a heat press.  So which should you use: screen printed or digital?

Screen printed transfers are produced using plastisol ink through a screen.  They are produced in spot color in any color or colors for application on cotton, polyester or cotton/polyester blends.  They are best to use when needing a print in one to three colors, and/or needing a larger print.  Or often when a large run is needed as a pricing advantage is gained with quantity.   Screen printed transfers can be printed in as many colors as needed, but often it is less expensive to go digital if there are a lot of colors in a smaller run.

Digital transfers are digitally produced in full process color.  CAD-PRINTZ® are full color and can be applied to almost any type of apparel including nylon, spandex and Lycra as well as cotton, polyester and poly/cotton blends. Use CAD-PRINTZ for  full color on dark apparel.  Also use CAD-PRINTZ Opaque when applying to nylon, Lycra or spandex as it is the only type of transfer that can be used on these fabrics.  CAD-PRINTZ can also be price advantageous for smaller prints that are multi-color.

Still not sure.  Don’t worry – our Dealer Service Team will give you a price comparison and help you pick the best transfer for the job!  If you have artwork, it can be sent online at by clicking “Send us your Artwork” and we will call with a recommendation and pricing.  Or use an Easy Prints® layouts to create your custom prints and we can help you choose the best transfer type.