Screen printing is great for printing on a wide range of materials, from paper and plastic to glass and fabric. It is most often used on glass and plastic primary packaging (like bottles and jars) and fabric bags (tote bags, fabric drawstring bags). For these products, there is equipment designed to handle detail, small text, and registering multiple colors.
Screen printing on materials or products that are not commonly screen printed (like corrugated boxes) involves more manual labor, so it is often more expensive than other print processes. It’s best for these designs that are bold and have fewer than 3 colors, as it isn’t as easy to register multiple colors.
Can create opaque and durable prints
Suitable for low-volume production
Can be used on a wide range of materials and products
Can be used on textured and flexible materials like fabrics
Requires more manual labor than other processes, which increases costs
Clarity of small details can vary greatly, depending on the equipment and substrate
Registration has lower tolerances than other processes when printing more than one color