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5 Different Ink Printing Methods for T-Shirts

Screen printing t-shirts are one of the effective ways to promote an event. Custom designed logos and designs can help a company stand out as they are appealing and eye-catching. T-shirts with a custom design are also a great marketing tool to help raise brand awareness. Printing a creative design on a t-shirt can be done in a variety of ways with the advancements in printing technology. Here are some of the printing methods that are available for custom t-shirt design orders.

1. Spot Color

Spot color is a commonly used method for screen printing t-shirts. This method uses full-tone and raw color to create a vivid image. Each color image is printed separately on its own screen and the user has maximum control over the color. This means that the color ends up being concise and clear. A vibrant finish is produced and can be printed on any color garment and any type of material. This method is used for standard printing of logos, graphics, and text on a garment.

2. Grayscale

An inexpensive way to print an image or photograph is to use the grayscale printing method. Grayscale uses shades of gray, black, and white, but it’s not the same method as printing in black and white. This technique uses RGB (red, green, and blue) and CMY (cyan, magenta, and yellow) to help create the image desired. That is where grayscale differs from traditional black and white. It’s recommended to print on light color garments so a grayscale image stands out more.

3. Halftone

The halftone printing technique uses lesser amounts of ink in certain colors. Essentially, halftone printing mixes the garment color and print screen colors to create the desired effect. The process involves printing tiny dots on the shirt using a single color. This creates an illusion of more colors on the t-shirt, even though fewer colors are actually being used. Lighter and muted color tones are produced with halftone printing at a higher yield. This style of printing is recommended for dark prints on light color garments.

4. 4 Color CMYK

4 Color CMYK print designs that require a full-color image or photograph on the garment. This method uses the basic colors of cyan, magenta, yellow, and black to create the design. Essentially, 4 Color CMYK is a more inexpensive process because it uses 4 colors to create an image rather than printing colors separately. The reason for this screen printing style’s popularity is because it’s able to combine different colors and gradients. 4 Color CMYK is printed only on white t-shirts because it’s best for lighter colors yields.

5. Simulated Process

A vibrant color design has its challenges when printing on a dark color garment. A simulated process screen print uses an increase of color and tones to provide sharp images. Unlike 4 Color CMYK Printing, the simulated process creates all colors in an image by using a combination of half-tones and spot colors. Since this printing method uses all colors, the image comes out bold, and realistic with details. This printing method can be printed on any color garment and is especially vibrant on a dark colored t-shirt.

Not all t-shirt companies are created equal and they may not have the best printing techniques at their disposal. This limits ordering options for screen printed t-shirts. At Caribbean Embroidery, all the latest printing techniques are available to provide clients with the best screen print option for their order. Stand out with a screen printed t-shirt from Caribbean Embroidery today at 1-786-865-9097.