PLASTISOL BASED PRINTING

The most common ink used in garment decoration. Good color opacity onto dark garments and clear graphic detail with a more plasticized texture. This print can be made softer with special additives or heavier by adding extra layers of ink. It is also popular to make speciality print like High Density, High Gloss and Natural Suede effects. Most plastisol inks require heat to cure the print.

 

 

DISCHARGE PRINTING

Discharge inks are used to bleach out the existing fabric to the color it was originally made in the factory (off-white). The print can be left in its natural color, or a different color ink can be added. Discharge printing leaves virtually no ink residue, and results in bright color that won’t crack or peel with extended wear and wash. Because the process removes color from the garment, discharge printing is best used on 100% cotton, darker colored garments. Discharge ink is also great for designs that will have foil applied to them, as foil will not stick to water based and discharge inks like it does with plastisol inks.

 

GLITTER / SHIMMER

Silver flakes are suspended in a plastisol ink to create this sparkle effect. Usually available in gold or silver but can be mixed to make most colors.

 

 

EXPANDING INK / PUFF

An additive to plastisol inks which raises the print off the garment, creating a 3D feel.

 

 

FLOCKING

A fuzzy, plush like application.

 

 

FLOCKING

A fuzzy, plush like application.

 

 

 

SUEDE INK

Suede is another great ink that is easy to print and gives the image a textured leather, simulated suede look and feel. With suede additive you can make any color of plastisol have a suede feel.

WATER BASED PRINTING

Printing with water based ink is becoming increasingly popular, as it results in soft prints with little to no residue left behind. A thin layer of water based ink is deposited on the garment, most of which penetrates the fabric, with any excess ink burned off during the drying process to create soft, yet vivid prints.

 

 


FOIL PRINTING

Foil printing results in a shiny metallic print, available in your choice of silver, gold, copper, red, blue, or various other colors. Due to the fact that foil application requires the temporary melting of adhesive, you may see some distortion in the original design. Though this distortion is usually minor, we don’t recommend printing foil on detailed designs that include many fine lines. It is best to apply foil using a distressed pattern or to highlight certain areas in your design.

 

 

METALLIC

Similar to glitter, but smaller particles suspended in the ink

 

 


GLOSS

A clear base laid over plastisol inks to create a shiny finish.

 

 

 


GLOW IN THE DARK

A very transparent ink that glows brightly in the dark.

 

 

 

FOUR COLOR PROCESS

Artwork is created using dots (CMYK) whic combine to create the full spectrum of colors needed for photographic 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.

 

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