Heat Transfer Vinyl (HTV) vs. Screen Printing
HTV or heat transfer vinyl is a polyurethane material that is used to cut out a design and apply to any garment using high heat.
These designs are cut with clean, crisp lines and can easily depict the details of an intricate design. Using vinyl for a garment decal gives you more variety to choose from when it comes to colors and textures. Many of my vinyl decals, (though quite a few are shown in one color,) can be turned into multi-colored graphics if desired. Selecting vinyl as your decal choice also gives you the option of adding glitter, or even glow-in-the-dark to your design.
Screen printing is the process of transferring a blocked stencil design onto the garment using a mesh screen, ink and a squeegee.
My at home screen printed garments usually come out with more of a vintage look, an often desired effect of this technique. Screen printed graphics from my shop are limited to single color runs, (unless otherwise specified in the product description.)