PLASTISOL BASED PRINTING
The most common ink used in garment decoration. Good color opacity onto dark garments and clear graphic detail with a more plasticized texture. This print can be made softer with special additives or heavier by adding extra layers of ink. It is also popular to make speciality print like High Density, High Gloss and Natural Suede effects. Most plastisol inks require heat to cure the print.
WATER BASED PRINTING
Printing with water based ink is becoming increasingly popular, as it results in soft prints with little to no residue left behind. A thin layer of water based ink is deposited on the garment, most of which penetrates the fabric, with any excess ink burned off during the drying process to create soft, yet vivid prints.
Discharge inks are used to bleach out the existing fabric to the color it was originally made in the factory (off-white). The print can be left in its natural color, or a different color ink can be added. Discharge printing leaves virtually no ink residue, and results in bright color that won’t crack or peel with extended wear and wash. Because the process removes color from the garment, discharge printing is best used on 100% cotton, darker colored garments. Discharge ink is also great for designs that will have foil applied to them, as foil will not stick to water based and discharge inks like it does with plastisol inks.