Digital vs. Silk Screen: Which Is Better?

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The short answer is: neither and both! Fortunately you don't have to be an expert—that's what we're here for. We use a number of factors to determine whether digital or silk screen printing is better for your project. If you send us your artwork via our Request a Quote page, one of our custom printing specialists would be happy to assist you.

If you're curious about the difference between Digital and Silk Screen printing, here's an overview.

Digital PrintingSilk Screen Printing
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    • Ideal for photos or art with color variation
    • Can print vector or raster art
    • Available on the lids of many of our tins
    • Body printing not available
    • Larger printable area
    • Full color process printing
    • Cannot guarantee PMS match
    • Metallic inks not available
    • Can print any ink color on any tin color
    • Matte, textured finish
    • Print is slightly raised
    • Best for small-medium quantity orders
    • More economical on smaller tins


Digital Printing

Atlantic Can offers full-color CMYK process printing. This means that we are able to take your high-resolution photo or digital artwork and print it to near photographic quality directly onto the covers of our tins. Our digital printer is state-of-the-art in our industry, printing up to 1000 dots per square inch. The printer prints with 21 UV ink jets, including white, to give a superior, high-quality result.

Simply send us a picture of your store or goodies and we will print it on a tin cover of your choice. You will be amazed at the colors and image clarity and how this technology allows us to create the most personalized tin artwork imaginable.

This printing service is ideal for short runs (ranging from 24 to 2500 pieces) that require near photographic images.

Our full color, personalized, high-resolution, tin covers are perfect for corporate gifts, favors, promotions, invitations, special events, and so much more. The possibilities for branded tins are endless!

You supply the superior graphics and we’ll supply superior printing! It's a partnership that’s sure to put you ahead of the competition.

Silk Screen Printing

Our state-of-the-art screen printing equipment gives us the tools to exceed your expectations. Atlantic Can is the only can company in the US with a silk screen department on the premises, which gives our customers the benefits of faster turnarounds and improved quality assurance. We take great pride in each personalized tin we silk screen and strive for the highest quality in our industry.

While there are some limitations to silk screen printing on tins, this method offers our customers the ability to create a branded tin in small quantities. Silk screen is perfect for printing solid colors at an affordable price.

We challenge ourselves each and every year to improve our equipment and processes to ensure you get the very best product you deserve. We’re confident that you’ll see the Atlantic Can difference!


Which Tins Can Be Printed?Digital vs. Silk ScreenLead Times & PricingArt RequirementsFull-Coverage LithographyRequest a Quote