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10 Oct 2016

Everything you Need to Know About Screen and Digital Printing

Everything you Need to Know About Screen and Digital Printing

When it comes to printing your commercial graphics for your business, there are two different options. Because there are constant advancements in manufacturing, there are two ways to print product labels, liquid graphics and product overlays – by screen printing or digital printing.

At Fascia Graphics we have the ability to do both, but it’s important to understand the difference between the two methods. Screen and digital printing both have their advantages, so depending on the artwork and the material we’ll choose the best equipment for the job. We always strive for the best results and high quality graphics, so will match the artwork to the printing method which suits it best.

Screen Printing

As a traditional method of printing onto a variety of materials such as fabric, plastic and other tough surfaces, screen printing is done by hand at the printer. The method involves using a stencil or a screen which applies layers of ink to the surface of the product. Each colour requires a different stencil, and is applied one at a time to achieve the full graphic.

Screen printing is good at handling uneven surfaces, and applies a thicker layer of ink than a digital printing machine. This offers a high level of vibrancy even on dark colours, so you can see why this method works for membrane keypads and graphic overlays.

Digital Printing

In the modern world, everything has gone digital – including the printing process. Digital printing allows artwork to be printed through a photographic print, and this gives more detail than traditional screen printing. A thin layer of ink is used which achieves this premium detail, but this means that it might not show well on dark surfaces.

Needless to say, this form of printing is much faster and easier – there are no screens to set up and the print is processed automatically.

Screen Vs Digital

There isn’t one winner here, as there is no best way to print every order. Screen printing and digital printing both offer benefits and disadvantages, which is why we still use both methods. If the new form of digital printing was perfect for all surfaces, we would no longer use screen printing. But this isn’t the case – we choose to use both printing methods to offer a range of services at the highest quality. We invest in the latest printing technology to ensure we stay competitive and offer an efficient expert service.

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