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Hi Tom, welcome to the T-ShirtForums!

For all pratical purposes, silk screening and screen printing are the same thing (which is totally different than heat pressing)

You can bestblanks.com for some tutorials on heat pressing and I've read here that personalizedsupplies.com has good transfer paper.
 

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Basically, screen printing is ink pressed through a screen and onto a t-shirt (silk screen is the same thing, different name).

Heat Press is the design printed on transfer paper and the paper pressed onto the t-shirt using a machine that applies even pressure and heat on the paper to tranfer the image from the paper to the tee.

Heat press can do more photographic images since it is coming directly from a computer printer which can handle thousands of colors. It's not as easy to print on dark garments with heat press, but it is great for print on demand printing where you don't have to print lots of shirts at once to make it economically feasible.

Screen printing is usually longer lasting and more durable than heat press printing. You can print on any color garment. You can sort of acheive photographic effect with screen printing, but you have to remember that it is ink going through dots in a screen to make an image, so the photographic quality won't look like a photo on your computer monitor. You usually need to do larger runs of screen printing to make economic sense (24+ per design).

There's probably more, but that's the basics. More can be found in some searches of the forum (or wikipedia.com :))
 
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