Water based screen prints have a super soft handle. The ink is absorbed by the fabric, effectively re-dyeing it a new colour.
Best used on:
Light coloured t-shirts
Avoid using on:
Dark coloured t-shirts, sweatshirts
Colour on light:
Colour on dark:
Good (will fade)
Discharge printing is similar to water based printing, however it is designed to work on dark garments by bleaching the fabric.
Dark colours (black, navy, grey)
Bold colours (red, royal, green, etc)
Ok (will fade)
Very good (soft)
Plastisol printing is bright and hard-wearing, however it has a harder handle to water based printing. It is also seen as less eco than w/b.
Bold, text-based images & logos
Distressed, fine graphics
3D Puff printing is an effective method of adding relief to your graphic. It has a soft, pillow-like handle, and expands under heat.
Light-coloured text & line-work
Highly detailed images, bold colours
High Density printing is a premium technique, created by producing an extra-thick stencil, and printed with multiple layers. Requires underbase.
Chunky text and minimum 3mm lines
Fine detail/text & linework
Gel prints offer a glossy, wet-look, translucent finish.
T-Shirts, as an accent colour or texture