Friday, February 03, 2006

To go about printing on the dark side of your shirt

Simulated process uses opaque inks and in more than just four colors, often between six and eight. These are usually White, Red, Yellow, Green, Dark Blue, Light Blue, Gray, and Purple.
Simulated process colors are usually printed wet-on-wet, with few flashes. For example, to create a flesh tone simulated process would use a mixture of tan, opaque yellow and possibly white.
Since the colors are opaque, the dark background becomes a non-existent. If individual, particular colors are needed, they can be mixed to specification and individually printed.

When done correctly and successfully, it is the most accurate version of full color reproduction. And for shops with smaller presses with fewer heads available, the multiple colors required for simulated process may not be possible at all.
Also for subtle, nuanced art with slight changes in tone, such as pastels, the bright, solid colors of simulated process do not work well.

While screen printing images on dark shirts may be difficult, the results can be amazing and are worth the time and effort involved regardless of which type of printing you use.

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