BREAKDOWN OF PRINTING PROCESS:
Spot colors : Basically what it sounds like, you are printing pure solid colors. They can overlap and you can use gradients, tints and shadows. Best for logos, trademarks for brands.
Index Color : A process where an image with several colors is reduced to a limited color palette, and where only a few, specific colors are used to create the image. Use for reducing screen count.
Simulated Color Process : Can be from 4 - unlimited colors, depending on how many colors your machine can print. All the colors in the design work to together to create a photographic or full color image. Works best on white shirts and if printed on black or dark shirts, will need both a white underbase and top white base for richer color.
4 / c or CMYK : Printing, halftoning (also called screening) allows for less than full saturation of the primary colors; tiny dots of each primary color are printed in a pattern small enough that human beings perceive a solid color. Basically four colors are used to create unlimited amount of colors.
Water base / Water Base Discharge : Used to print lighter colors onto dark background fabrics, discharge inks work by removing the dye in the garment this means they leave a much softer texture. They are less graphic in nature than plastisol inks, and exact colours are difficult to control, but especially good for distressed prints and underbasing on dark garments that are to be printed with additional layers of plastisol.
SPECIAL EFFECTS INKS:
Glitters : Silver and gold 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. Glitter is thicker, just like well, glitter. High deposit lead-free plastisol GLITTER inks with excellent opacity. These inks will heat cure to a glittering textured metallic finish when printed directly on textiles and take on the finish of release papers when used for heat transfer printing. Available in : Silver, Pale Gold, Dark Gold, Brilliant Red, Mono Blue, Emerald Green, Super Silver, Super Pale Gold.
Metallics : Similar to glitter, but much smaller smaller particles suspended in the ink, more similar to duct tape, with a flat silvery finish. Come in various gold and silver colors.
Shimmers : High deposit lead-free plastisol SHIMMER METALLIC inks with excellent opacity. These inks will heat cure to a glittering textured, or "shimmer" finish. These inks have outstanding brightness relative to regular metallics, and unlike standard glitter inks will not tarnish with age or washing. The opacity and flexibility of the finished prints are excellent; may be printed on black or dark colored grounds.
Expanding ink (puff) : An additive to plastisol inks which raises the print off the garment, creating a 3D suede feel.
Suede Ink : Suede Plastisol Ink combines an extremely matte finish with a fuzzy texture and a slight puff. The resulting print is almost indistinguishable from suede leather in texture and appearance. Suede Plastisol can also be used to simulate sand or s tone and other unusual and subtle special effects. Can be mixed into any color.
Flashback / Reflective : Flash-Back printed garments will provide enhanced visibility for joggers, cyclists, construction workers, and others who work around traffic at night. It is also a great novelty ink for Halloween or any other situation where the shirts will be worn at night in an area where strong beams of light are present.
Water Based : Printing WB inks is very popular right now for having a soft feel and if used properly are more environmentally friendly. They are concentrated pigment based dyes that penetrate the fabric with a thin layer of ink producing a soft feel with brilliant colors. The printed image also softens after washing and if cured properly, they will last just as long as t shirts printed with regular plastisol inks.
Pricing: $1.00 extra per area application.