Plastisol screen print is the most common ink used in garment decoration. This ink type has good color opacity on dark garments and clear graphic detail with, as the name suggests, a more plasticized texture. Plastisol printing can be made softer with special additives or heavier by adding extra layers of ink.
FOUR COLOR PROCESS
Artwork is created using dots (CMYK) which combine to create the full spectrum of colors needed for photographic-like prints; this means a large number of colors can be printed using only 4 screens, making the set-up costs viable. The inks are required to blend and are more translucent, meaning a compromise with vibrancy of color. Works on light shirts only.
The process allows for printing full-color high resolution graphics, especially photo-realistic images, on dark or light tees. The look of a detailed and tone-rich design on a black background or shirt is very dramatic in person. These tend to be 6-9 color designs.
WATER BASE SCREEN PRINT
These are concentrated pigment based dyes that penetrate the fabric with a thin layer of ink producing a soft feel. The printed image also softens more after washing and they will last just as long as t-shirts screen printed with regular plastisol inks.
EFFECTS AND ADD-ONS
NO HAND/SOFT FEEL
This comes in a couple different forms. There is the no hand feel with water base and there are additives that we can add to plastisol to make them feel a little softer.
Add a little shine to your design. Foil is a shiney material that is heat pressed onto the shirt after the print process is completed.
Add a little bling to your tee. Whether you are looking at throwing a couple of rhinestones on your design to give it some cool factor or doing a complete design out of rhinestones, we have you covered.
Gel prints come out looking wet and glossy and have a raised feeling to them.
This is a hybrid of water base and plastisol. A discharge base can be put under other colors to create a very bright, vivid design with a lot less thickness than a traditional plastisol white under base.
Puff is an additive that can be added to any plastisol ink to make it raise off the shirt. This is a cheap way to get a special effect on a design.
Flock comes in two variants, a transfer flock that can be applied in different shapes or a more labor intensive version called spray on flock.
This is a clear ink that when the lights go out, your shirt design really lights up. This ink works best when printed on top of another color, preferably a light color like white.
Metallic inks are plastisol based products that produce a “chrome” metallic look when printed. They are not a nice as foil, but can be a cheaper alternative when adding a little shine.
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