Serigraph printing technique
When it comes to t-shirt serigraph printing, we have an expanded palette. Yet, the most popular one is screen printing Today, we`ll focus on the best five serigraph printing approaches for personalized t-shirts.
There are several ways you can print, as far as the inks are concerned.
Now, we’ll be talking about this from a more professional way. When screen printing becomes all about quantity, it becomes much cheaper and easier, because the more t-shirts you produce, will balance the time required to prep the screens. We have discussed previously about this business.
There is a ton of different serigraphs methods and I’m going to go through the most popular ones. Screen printing is the way for you to go and figure out what makes the most sense:
1.PLASTISOL- this is perhaps the most common and cheap ink used for t-shirt printing
Plastisol, it’s a very robust type of ink, that stands up over time.
Is oil-based, so cleaning it will require chemicals. If you’re environmentally friendly, you will tend to avoid.
Despite that aspect, it is definitely the most popular and it can be printed on both black or white colored shirts. Keep in mind that anything printed over a white base will pop and shine a little bit more. Also, consider that each color is adding extra cost. So the more colors you choose for a t shirt design, the more expensive gets.
You can do quite large colored printed designs if you want to. 8, 10, 12 colors, depending on how many stations the screen printer has and their automated or hand done presses.
Around three colors designs are the cheapest and affordable. As you go beyond that, things can get expensive.
So, you should be thoughtful about how many colors you’re using, because is having an impact on the final cost.
On white shirts, you don’t have to use that backer color because you’re printing on a nice light color. That’s definitely a positive. Another plus of printing on lighter colored t-shirts is that the less ink, the softer the shirt will feel.
So, one color over white it will feel slighter inky than let`s say, the Rolling Stones logo.
Another downside is that as it gets older they tend to crack. So if your favorite t-shirt that has a bunch of little crack marks over time, you can go for the next method:
2 WATER BASED PRINTING, as opposed to plastic, uses inks that are water-based
Unlike plastisol, this is a super soft print. Water-based printing is easy to clean up. You won’t need chemicals to clean off the inks.
3. DISCHARGE SERIGRAPH- the bleaching method
4. CMYK PRINTING.– Cyan yellow magenta and black to emulate a photorealistic print
It sure won’t be as crisp as a real photo, but they can do a pretty darn good job.
4 With serigraph, you can FOIL print as well
5 DYE SUBLIMATION SERIGRAPH – all-over t-shirt print