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CUSTOM SCARVES AND CUSTOM TIES: DIGITAL PRINTING vs SCREEN PRINTING

June 28, 2015

You plan to order custom-made scarves and custom-made ties to celebrate your college, your company or your association... You know how many pieces you need and which fabric will work best for your project (if not, ANNE TOURAINE USA Custom Scarf and Tie specialists are here to assist). You have submitted your own design or you have asked us to create one for you. Based on the information you provided us with we have sent you a detailed quotation. And maybe you wonder why, in our offer, we specifically recommend digital printing or screen printing for your custom scarves or custom ties. You wonder what the differences between these two technologies and the benefits of each are.    

Screen printing is the old traditional method: a silk screen is created for each color of the pattern.Then, each color is printed one at a time, repeatedly, all over a large piece of fabric . It's only when the whole process has been completed (meaning each color has been applied) that the entire pattern shows.

Screen table for screen printed scarves

Screen table

 

Digital printing is a fast and modern technology which became popular in the 1980's. Think about the desktop printers used to print documents. Digital printers for fabric are very similar: the entire pattern is printed at the same time on a roll of fabric (silk, polyester, cotton etc...). Today, most apparel brands - including a majority of luxury brands -have adopted this technology. 

digital printer used for printing fabric

Digital printer

Each method has its own benefits. 

Screen printing ensures an exact color rendering as defined for example by Pantone™ numbers. But each screen has a cost; meaning this method is perfect when the design is simple and has a limited number of colors (3 to 4) and no color gradients. It is a cost effective solution for quantities over 100 custom scarves or custom ties.

Digital printing is recommended for intricate and complex designs featuring many colors and gradients. Though the back side of the product will always appear slightly paler than the front side of it - especially if the design has many dark colors - digital printing is the best option for quantities lower than 100 custom pieces.

Don't want to hear about technical details? Fine! Just share with us more about your custom design and ANNE TOURAINE Custom Scarves and Tie Division specialists will help you make the right decision. Designing and manufacturing custom scarves and custom ties is our job! For more information you are also welcome to visit our website www.custom-scarves-and-ties.com

 

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