The Different Varieties Of Inks for Printing T-shirts

Plastisol ink, water based ink and discharge ink are the three main choices which are used for printing t-shirts. Among these, Plastisol is the most commonly used and also the easiest to find. The other two varieties of ink are rare and are not as popular. The benefits of using the Plastisol variety is that it is more durable and the designs on fabrics on using this ink is very bright and clear. The only disadvantage of this ink is that it feels a bit thick to touch. Designs on t-shirts that have a lot of ink become very intrusive. A solution to this problem is that the negative space on the t-shirt can be used more. If used in the correct way the blank spaces on the t-shirt can give a look of using an extra print colour without the drawback of using additional ink.

Screen printed colours come in a single colour. Each colour is then printed individually to complete the design. Colour gradients, photography images and shading should be avoided since they are made up of thousands of colours. It is possible to print these complex prints however you will have to compromise on quality and the brightness of the design. The scale of the printed design on a fabric also reduces by around 80% when compared to the one you can see on the computer screen.

Shading and gradients should be avoided as much as possible for a better quality finished product. They can be used sparingly and not as the main focus of the design. The negative spaces on the t-shirt limit the ink coverage as well as the thickness of the print and thus one can make the maximum use of this area on a t-shirt to get a more fine texture to feel.

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