Ink Methods – Water Based, Discharge, Metallic, Digital, Glitter, Pantone Matching,
We know Water Based. Premium Water Based Inks are our specialty.
In choosing to work with Tagless Threads, you will automatically receive only the best premium water based inks on 100% cotton non jewel-tone garments. We do not believe our Clients should have to pay extra for the best quality. Aside from our Custom Tagless Care Tags, this is another area we excel in. We have perfected the practice of using Water Based and Discharge inks and we even prefer to work with it over the industry standard Plastisol Ink that most printers cannot seem to move away from. If soft, quality prints are what you are after; we are for you.
As the world of Apparel Printing changes and grows, we will flourish along side and always offer you the best quality end product in both look and feel.
WATER BASED INK
Water-based ink utilizes either dyes or pigments in a suspension with water as the solvent. The evaporation of the water is necessary to set or cure the ink. We use gas dryers to increase the efficiency of this method and also to decrease our carbon footprint. Plus, this ink type is safe for Children.
Water Based inks are essentially died into the fabric allowing for a soft hand feel.
This method is best when used on white or light colored garments. The colors are vibrant and should last the life of the shirt if properly taken care of. Water Based inks should be washed before you can feel the full potential of the soft hand feel. Can you say detail?
- SOFT HAND FEEL
- BEST WHEN USED ON WHITE AND LIGHT COLOR SHIRTS
- SAFE FOR CHILDREN
- WORKS WELL WITH PANTONE COLOR MATCHING
Discharge Printing is a method which uses a color destroying agent to bleach the dye from a garment. This changes the printed area back to the natural or raw garment color which is usually a tan color. This is referred to as a Pure Discharge.
What we can do for you is add a color pigment infused as a dye that is immune to the agent that will then produce a vibrant color with a soft hand feel. This is referred to as a Color Discharge Print. This ink method is used on medium or dark colored shirts with lighter ink. It works with a variety of brands and styles of T-Shirts, with some styles and colors having stronger results than others. Unless a brand specifically guarantees that a garment is “Dischargeable”, it may not always work. 100% cotton shirts are highly recommended and we may choose an alternate Ink Method such as Water Based Ink for you instead. Yes, it feels as soft as it looks!
We may also run an additional pass to your garments to ensure brightness of, white for example, at no additional cost to you. We can also use a Pantone Color with discharge ink, however results may vary depending on the garment color, brand, and blend of cotton.
Garments printed with Discharge Inks should be washed before you can feel the full potential of the soft hand feel.
- PRINTS BEST ON 100% COTTON
- ROYAL BLUE, PURPLE, AND TEAL GARMENTS ARE NOT DISCHARGEABLE
- PRINTS CLEAN OVER SEAMS
- CAN NOT GUARANTEE A PERFECT PANTONE COLOR MATCH
- STAY AWAY FROM 50/50 AND TRI BLEND MATERIAL
- SOFT HAND FEEL
- IF NEEDED, THIS PRINT METHOD CAN CREATE A VINTAGE LOOK ON NON 100% COTTON BLENDS
- SAFE FOR CHILDREN
METALLIC SHIMMER INK
Metallic Shimmer Inks can add pizzazz to your design. If you are looking for your design to pop or stand out, you may want to consider this ink type. Our Shimmer Ink is also a Water Based Ink with a softer hand feel than most. There are certain stock colors that we carry, but if needed we will custom make one for you. This ink type can be easily used on any color shirt, but is most vibrant on lighter colored garments. This ink type will have a thicker feel than Water Based and Discharge inks.
- PRINTS ON MOST COTTON BLEND APPAREL
- SOFTER HAND FEEL THAN MOST SHIMMER METALLIC INKS
- SAFER FOR CHILDREN THAN MOST SHIMMER METALLIC INKS
- ADDS PIZZAZZ TO YOUR DESIGN
- CREATES A MORE CUSTOM LOOK
DIGITAL PRINTING INK
The ink used for our DTG printers essentially bonds to the fibers in the garment and dies into the fabric allowing for a soft hand feel. All DTG Inks from Brother International are water based and certified Eco Friendly.
Brother International announced that their water based inksets for the Brother GT-541 and GT-782 meet the Oeko-Tex Standard 100 which tests for harmful substances. This means that Brother’s inks meet the human-ecological requirements for the standards presently established for anything printed for use with infants and children. This includes the total content of lead, azo-dyes, nickel, etc meet all Federal safety standards. This method is best when used on white or light colored garments.
What classifies a “light” color? Any color shirt that your chosen [darker] ink color will show up on! Put simply, DTG printers are a larger scale version of your desktop printer, but for garments and apparel decoration. Like desktop printers, our Digital Printer will not print white ink. As an example, charcoal is not considered a “light” colored garment, but black ink will show up on it just fine ! If you would like advice on whether or not your design is DTG compatible before you order, please feel free to email us.
- SAFE FOR CHILDREN
- ECO FRIENDLY
- SOFT HAND FEEL
- EMBEDS INTO THE COTTON FIBERS
- MOST VIBRANT ON LIGHT COLORED GARMENTS
- DOES NOT PRINT WHITE INK
There are a few different methods in which glitter can be added. There are stock colors which include the standard colors such as silver, gold, red and blue. The glitter you choose will depend on the look you are going for. Some are mixed in with the ink, while others are added after the ink is printed.
The most common form of glitter is Crystalina. This is made with a metal flake that is clear and reflective. It has the “rainbow” effect in it as commonly seen with glitter. The benefit to this type of glitter is that it will take on whatever color is printed underneath it. Crystalina is added after the layer of ink is printed first. These inks and glitter types require a much more open mesh which means it should not be printed on a design that relies on fine detail.
There are also Shimmer Inks which is a very fine glitter and often times preferred over Metallic. Glitter Inks are offered to give your design the extra pizzazz you need for your design to stand out of a crowd.
- ADDS PIZZAZZ AND UNIQUENESS TO YOUR DESIGN.
- VIBRANT COLORS
- CRYSTALINA WILL NOT FLAKE OFF
- CAN ONLY BE DONE WITH SCREEN PRINTING
- SOME GLITTER TYPES NOT RECOMMENDED FOR CHILDREN
PANTONE INK COLOR MATCHING
Although we strive to be on the same page as our Clients at all times, we cannot see the color you are dreaming up in your mind. All computer screens have backlights and can be seen differently from one computer to another. Color is subjective, and therefore it is important to give us a Pantone Color to ensure accuracy.
The Pantone Color Matching System is largely a standardized color reproduction system. By standardizing the colors, different manufacturers in different locations can all refer to the Pantone system to make sure colors match without direct contact with one another. Pantone colors are described by their allocated number (typically referred to as, for example, ‘PMS 130′) and are often used for branding to instill constancy and recognition.
Pantone Colors are an additional cost, but does not compare to your peace of mind. In the event that you do not choose a Pantone Color, we will do our best to use a color that best suits your design. In fact, we recommend that you choose a color from our Stock Color Chart when filling out your Upload Form. If you do not, our Production Team will choose one for you. *Please note that garments that are not dischargeable may not produce an accurate Pantone Color*