There are three particular methods usually employed to accomplish screen printing that produces printed garments for promotions, merchandise and fashion.
In t-shirt printing, 'Spot Colour' printing is the most common and works exceptionally well for a great variety of graphics. Spot colour printing is best used when printing graphics which are usually not very photographic in nature.
The colored ink that is used in reproducing graphic images are chosen by a graphic designer and more often than not are Pantone specified colors. Pantone coated or uncoated colour references are chosen to specify the ink colours of the design. The Pantone matching system is an international colour reference used in publishing, printing and design whereby each colour is identified by a unique pantone name and number.
Spot colour printing is well suited to printing branded promotional garments or items in which colour identity and uniformity needs to stay the same throughout a varying range of items.
"4 Colour Process" is another method of screen printing. This printing process is utilised primarily with photographic designs and sketches comprised of a broad variety of hues, shades and gradations. Hard covers, paperbacks and periodicals all use the same four-colour process.
Reproducing the colours of the original image requires a mixing of translucent inks on a white background. It is much harder to do the same on cloth rather than than paper. But the method used is about the same. If you are going to use this kind of printing it will obviously only work on white garments and will not work for coloured fabrics. This type of printing is only right for use in print runs of one hundred or more. This is because it simply costs more to set it up. A process called "Simulated Process" is used in cases where garment screen printers copy full colour pictures using coloured cloths. The artwork is separated into various colours and shades using a method similar to spot colour printing to achieve the overall look and feel of the original image.
Most t-shirt printers use this method, and it is especially popular when used to copy fantasy and heavy metal album artwork onto shirts to be sold by the band. This is the most expensive form of printing and as such used only on larger print runs due to the higher set up costs involving the colour separations and larger number of colours used to print the images.
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