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Digital printing or Silk-screen printing, which method should you choose to personalise your glass?

Would you like to personalise a glass, a carafe or a bottle for a special occasion? Glassmania is the ideal provider for personalised glasses. On our website, you'll find a wide range of products to personalise: wine glasses, water glasses, beer glasses, cocktail glasses, shot glasses, milk bottles, glass flasks, coffee mugs and much more.

In addition to this, we offer two types of printing to customise these products. Both methods produce high-quality results that are suitable for different projects, but it's not always easy to know which printing method to choose for your project.

This article should help you find the right printing method for your personalised glassware project.

What about glass engraving?

What's more, although engraving makes it possible to personalise smaller quantities at a lower cost, the possibilities for personalisation are limited to one colour and it's often difficult to print 360 degrees around the glass or bottle.

However, if you want a finish similar to engraving, you can choose the "Etch Satin" colour in our online glass designer.

Important criteria to know:

  • How many units do you want to print?
  • How many colours does your design have?
  • Do you wash your glasses several times a day?
  • What type of file do you have?
  • Do you want to print a different text on each product?

How many units do you want to print?

With Glassmania it is possible to personalise products from 6 pieces upwards. We don't offer personalisation for less than 6 units because for each project our technicians have to spend several hours calibrating and preparing the machines in order to guarantee the quality of the print.

If you wish to print a very small number of items, this will only be possible with digital printing.

  • From 6 units you can choose digital printing, with an unlimited number of colours.
  • From 24 units you can choose screen printing, but only for one colour.
  • From 120 units you can screen print up to 6 different colours.

The success of each project is important to us, whether it involves 6 or 2,000 pieces, the same steps are followed: reception and analysis of orders by our customer care team, transfer of the project to our graphic designers who ensure that everything is in order with the files transmitted. The project is then transferred to our production managers and technicians who will calibrate and prepare the machines, carry out tests and ensure the quality of the printing throughout the process until the glasses are carefully packaged and dispatched.

How many colours does your design have?

As explained above, colours play an important role in the choice of printing method.d’impression.


If your design has a lot of colours and you want to print a small number of pieces, the best option is digital printing.

Digital printing allows you to print in a similar way to an office printer, with 4 inks that mix to create different colours.

If your design has few colours and you want to print a certain number of pieces, you can choose screen printing.

Screen printing involves printing directly with the desired colour, which is mixed before being applied to the glass.

Do you wash your glasses several times a day?

After reading the previous two points, you may be wondering why we offer screen printing if it seems more restrictive than digital printing? The reason is simple: screen printing is the process that offers the best quality and durability.

For example, this is the method we recommend for restoration projects. In other words, for glasses that are going to be washed several times a day.

Digital printing is also very high quality, but we recommend no more than one wash a day to maintain it for as long as possible.

What type of file do you have?

Another criterion that is important when choosing printing is the file you want to print. For example, if you want to print a photo or a very complex design with lots of colours, you should choose digital printing. On the other hand, if you want to print a very simple design or a logo with few colours, you're more likely to choose screen printing.

For screen printing, you absolutely need a "vector" file in .ai, .eps or .svg format. If you don't have one or don't know what it is, don't worry, contact us and we'll help you find a solution to optimise your file.

Would you like to print a different text on each product?

Are you organising a party and would like to print the name of each of your guests on the glass you want to personalise? To give your party guests an unforgettable souvenir? Digital printing allows you to do just that, so choose this method and then go to "text" in the glassware configurator, where you'll find the option to do it the easy way.

Still not sure you understand the difference between the two methods?

A picture is worth a thousand words, so here are a few illustrations of how the two methods work to help you understand them even better.

Silk-screen printing

Solid colours

As explained above, screen printing is ideal for printing logos and simple designs. Printing is done by superimposing solid colours, which gives this type of result.

Monochrome printing

Screen printing is particularly suitable for printing monochrome designs. An engraved effect can also be achieved with colours such as "Etch Satin".

Printing metallic colours

In screen printing, because we print a colour mixed beforehand and not by the machine, it is possible to print precious metals such as real gold or platinum and colours with a metallic effect.

Digital printing

Photo printing

Digital printing can be used to print very complex photos or drawings with many shades of colour. Unlike screen printing, it is possible to print colour gradations.


Hyper-customisation means that each glass packaging can be individually adapted using variable data. Would you like 100,000 bottles with 100,000 different names? No problem, it's possible with the digital printer.

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Choose from the wide range of drinking glasses and personalise your glass from a minimum order of 1 piece! With 6 million personalisations per year, Glassmania has the know-how to personalise your drinking glasses and bottles in an extraordinary way.

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