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Why Must One Opt For Large Format Screen Printing?

Introduction about DTG

Direct To Garment Printing (DTG) or inkjet printing is a process to print on textiles using specialized inkjet technology. The process is quite similar to printing on paper.

It is a form of large scale screen printing. The platen design holds the t-shirt in an intact position while the printer sprays ink on the t-shirt.

Selection among DTG printing or screen printing needs considerations like your brand image, intricacy, and design quality. But we would suggest DTG as it has more benefits than screen printing.


  • The print you get in the DTG is photorealistic with texture and gradients.
  • Unlike screen printing, you can use CYMK ink to print various designs.
  • DTG is more sustainable than screen printing.
  • The white ink used underneath makes it possible to print on every colour.
  • It prints one-offs and saves sufficient time.
  • Unlike large scale screen printing on fabric, you can print directly on a t-shirt.
  • The printer offers various colour options. Always go for solid and semi-transparent colours.
  • The best part is no setup is required.
  • It provides customized on-demand services.
It does not require an upfront investment.You can order in bulk.

How Big Can You Screen Print?

The screenprint size of your design depends on your garment and the print location. For instance, 9*9 inches is the standard print size for women and youth t-shirts. It fits well and does not look overpowering. 12.5 inches wide by 14 inches tall is the standard print size for a t-shirt logo. It fits appropriately on medium youths and men.

Go for oversized screen printing for jumbo size designs. It can range up to 16 inches wide by 20 inches tall. Women's t-shirts can also accommodate this size. These prints are expensive but impactful.

An all-over printing crosses the maximum print size range of 30 wide by 40 inches tall. Therefore, it covers an entire range of lengths and breadth of t-shirts. Irrespective of size, it is done on ladies, men, and youth t-shirts.

Screen Printing can be done on various print locations based on the basic size guidelines.

Left chest- This logo location is ideal for employees. The print can adjust according to the size. Avoid using intricate details. Keep it as simple as you can. Size guidelines are as follows:

Small- 2.5 inches.
Medium- 3.5 inches.
Large- 5 inches.

Center Chest- It goes well with open-button shirts, hoodies and jackets. It is bigger than the right and left chest. Size guidelines are as follows:

Small- 6 inches.
Medium- 8 inches.
Large-10 inches.

Full Front- Is is the most preferred print location. Choose your designs wisely. Size guidelines are as follows:

Small- 10-inch width.
Medium- 12-inch width.
Large-14-inch width.

Oversize Front- Maximum size of the print depends on the screen and equipment. It does not fit well on V-necks, tank tops, small lady sizes. Use water-based inks and avoid full-coverage plastisol prints. Size guidelines are as follows:

Small- 12-inch width.
Medium- 14-inch width.
Large-15-inch width.

Upper Back- The placement is across the shoulder and is suitable for wider designs. Size guidelines are as follows:

Small- 10-inch width.
Medium- 12-inch width.
Large-14-inch width.

Full Back- This is a perfect size for large prints. It is the second most preferred location. Size guidelines are as follows:

Small- 10-inch width.
Medium- 12-inch width.
Large-14-inch width.

Collar/Yoke- This is the best location to create brand awareness. Choose a subtle design. Size guidelines are as follows:

Small- 1-inch.
Medium- 2-inch.

Sleeve- It is perfect for small logos. A single-sleeve print is more common than a both-sleeve print. Size guidelines are as follows:

Small- 1-inch.
Medium- 3-inch.

What Is Considered Large Format Printing?

The term large format means any fabric that exceeds the width range of 1 meter. Hence all printed fabrics in the textile industry are large-format fabrics. The average fabric width is 1.50 meters. Examples of large-format screen printing are jumbo prints, oversized prints, and all-over prints.

The process of large-format silk screen printing is as follows:

  • It starts by creating jumbo screens. These are custom-built screens that fulfill the specification for each screen print.
  • The designer converts the artwork to a specifically designed digital film.
  • UV curing equipment transfers images onto the respective screens.
  • After drying, the printing press starts printing the design.

What is the Best Mesh Size for Screen Printing?

Mesh size or mesh count means the number of fibres present in one square inch of the screen. The lower mesh count screen has large openings that allow more ink to pass into the fabric. Focusing on a few guidelines can yield better results.

  • Use 20-40 for glitter inks.
  • Use 60 for block numbers and letters.
  • Use 100-160 for bold colours on dark fabrics.
  • Use 175-200 with light ink on darker fabrics. You can choose a semi-detailed pattern.
  • Use 240-280 for an intricate pattern and soft hand feel.

Remember, water-based inks dry faster on fine screens. So add a retarder to the ink for an even ink transfer.

What Format Is Best For Large Prints?

Use vector graphic software (Ai, EPS, PDF, and Corel Draw) for large format silk screening. Unlike raster-based images, vector graphics are more flexible and provide better scalability.

What Is the Best Resolution for Large Format Printing?

A raster image resolution defines 1-pixel density per inch. Therefore, 100 d.p.i is an ideal standard for images at full-size document size. The print size should not exceed more than 300 d.p.i.

  • If N = image size.
  • Then Print size = 100*N at 100 d.p.i (dots per inch/pixels per inch)
  • Therefore for a 40*20 print, the image size will be 4000 pixels by 2000 pixels.

Final Thoughts

Large-format screen printing is beneficial for advertising, lasts longer, relatively fast, and creates less wastage. Smart Blanks is one of the leading garment manufacturers and importers of bulk apparel. We provide first-class services at a competitive price. Our designs are versatile and of high quality. We never stop until our customers are satisfied.