The next-generation printing process is unthinkable now without engaging digital and screen printing methods in textiles. They are significantly diverse and distinct compared to the method of conventional fabric printing. Entrepreneurs have started to invest in technology to meet the demands of both domestic and international market spheres.

Embracing these two new printing technologies represents the advancement in textile industry sources. In this article, we will learn how the two printing methods, digital, and screen, differ from each other.

What is Digital Printing?

Digital printing refers to creating digital images on physical surfaces in cloth. The created design gets directly printed on the fabric from the computing device. There are no additional steps in this process. There is the use of a dye sublimation printer to print designs on fabric.

Digital Printing

This printer uses heat to transfer the design onto the fabric. Pre-treating the fabric is suggested. It helps to ensure the ink is put on the fabric well. In the pre-treatment process, several colors can go through the application. 

What is Screen Printing?

Screen printing also referred to as the silk screen printing method, refers to the process where there is the transfer of a stenciled design on the surface of fabric using ink, a rubber blade, and a mesh screen.

Screen Printing

Here, the process starts with the creation of a stencil on the mesh screen. Ink pushing on the surface creates the design. The surface here means the fabric, paper, metal, plastic, wood, and others. One of the popular techniques of printing is screen printing as there can be the use of a variety of colors. 

The Difference Between Digital and Screen Printing


Area of Difference

Digital Printing

Screen Printing

Best for

Ensuring details on items with a smaller quantity

Printing on dark-colored fabrics

Used for

Printing textiles with modern and crisp finishes

Printing textiles, latex, wallpapers, balloons, and plastic





Great for flexibility and sharp finish

Design placement tends to be versatile in terms of putting on a different position.


Possible. It is perfect for personalized design

Not possible. 

Per Batch Design


1 Design per Batch

Color Matching

The color appears slightly different

The color comes out good


Cost Effective comparatively. It is cheaper for small quantities.

The initial costs are high but it becomes cheaper for large batches


To sum up, digital and screen both are popular methods to transfer the design on the fabric surface. Where digital printing involves the use of a digital printer, screen printing uses a screen or a stencil for each color to create the design. 

Ink gets integrated into these screens using the squeegee. Digital printing is cost-effective compared to screen printing as the initial setup cost is not there. Screen printing holds the color well but creates abrasion over frequent washing

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Mahedi Hasan, a Textile Engineer, as well as a Top Rated content writer at Upwork, Level 02 Seller at Fiverr, Level 02 Publisher at Ezoic. A passionate textile ad fashion content writer, fashion SEO expert, and fashion web designer. Having a B.Sc. in Textile Engineering from Textile Engineering College, Noakhali (TECN). Department is Apparel Engineering. Highly Experienced fashion writer for the last 3+ yrs. Established Textile Details Website website to enhance professional Fashion Blogging skills.