Textile Screen Printing
Plastisol Printing (Most Common)
Plastisols are the most commonly used inks for printing designs on to garments, and are particularly useful for printing opaque graphics on dark or coloured fabrics. The ink sits on top of the garment instead of dying the fibres like water base or Discharging.
On lighter fabric, plastisol is extremely opaque and can retain a bright image for many years with proper care. It's Very Durable, won’t fade and has a slightly rubbery plastic feel.
Water Based Printing
Unlike the plastisol inks Water based ink transfers dye and pigments to the t shirts, this type of ink leaves little or no surface residue, giving a soft zero feel. Water Based inks are ideal for tea towels, pillowcases,T Shirts, paper and cardboard. The only downside is that this can fade out quicker than Plastisol wash after wash.
Discharge printing Literally Bleaches the Garment fibres when heat is applied after the printing process. Discharging can be awesome for cutting edge fashion labels and brands that are after a durable opaque zero feel print.
This style of print requires an expert printer for top notch retail quality results, the Bleaching mix must be perfect as does the curing time. Standard untinted discharge often will reveal the colour of the garment before it was dyed, for example, a Black
T shirt in most cases turns a bone beige colour after discharging, but sometimes it can be like opening up a can of worms and throw an Purple Maroon or other colours. Its always best to test print and ensure the whole batch of tees getting discharged were manufactured at the same factory at around the same time – this way you can achieve a consistent discharge colour finish across the run.
HD (High Density) Printing
HD or High Density Printing utilises advanced technique from an experience screenprinter to achieve a unique 2D style finish that is raised from the Tshirt. Correct HD printing isn't just building layers upon layers using normal plastisol ink through a standard coated screen. To achieve the best result, it all comes down to the screen itself. We coat the screen multiple times until we are happy with the thickness of the outside face of the screen, we then use a special film that works with this thicker emulsion. Once our screen is complete, we mix a specially formulated HD ink which will slightly raise but still remain sharp. This process is fairly complex and time consuming but the results speak for themselves.