Silk Printing vs Digital Printing

Once I created my designs I knew I wanted them applied on a ceramic surface and after looking into application techniques it was clear you either chose Silk printing or Digital printing. After research what was the best solution for me I thought I would share what I have learnt.

Digital Print


–          Cheaper in smaller quantities

–          No set up cost

–          No minimum

–          The transfers can be fired onto a wide variety of ceramic surfaces between temperatures of 800 and 900 degrees.


–          Colours are duller

–          Once fired a slight edge can be seen around the transfer – where the transfer has been cut, however this can be hidden by using more of the transfer sheet instead of only cutting around the design.

Silk Screen


–          Cheaper in large quantities

–          Vibrant colours

–          No outline of where the transfer was cut

–          Single colour to multi-colour ceramic decals can be produced including 4 colour process and precious metals


–          High set up costs

–          Minimum sheet run

I have decided to create my first ceramic pieces using the digital print process to see how they turn out as a sample test in black and when I need to order a large quantity I will use brighter colours with screen printing. I will show you pictures of my new designs on ceramics soon!!

If you want more information on the digital printing have a look on  

Examples of Artists who use Digital printing Leanne Mellor (below) and Jezze Prints


Examples of Artists who use Silk Screen Printing Snowden Flood  (below) and Nimerology



About lovelydeer

My name is Gemma Phillips and I am a designer and illustrator of a range of home ware called Lovely Deer.
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One Response to Silk Printing vs Digital Printing

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