Various T-shirt Colours…
My intention is to give you a clearer understanding of t-shirt printing on various tshirt colours at Tshirt Canada. The following is the transcript of the video.
Printing on Various T-shirt Colours Using Different Printing Methods
Hello, I’m Brian Hawthorn from tshirtscanada.com.
In this video I would like to give you printing samples of printing the same image on different colours of t-shirts and how an image may need to be modified to print on darker colour t-shirts.
Now of course any colour of t-shirt can be screen printed with one, two or multiple colours, however screen printing has minimum ordering requirements and you pay for each colour used. This isn’t a problem if you’re order lots of shirts however if you only need 1, a few or a dozen or so it isn’t cost effective.
At TshirtsCanada we focus on two different printing methods. Printing with t-shirt transfers and screen printing. With our quality, new generation of t-shirt transfers we can easily print on white, light, mid colour and some designs on dark t-shirts.
The photos in this video are actual printed t-shirts. The only change to the photos was to adjust the brightness. We are using the “Fit Body Bootcamp” logo since we have printed these shirts in various formats.
I’ve also purposely printed additional examples on other colours of t-shirts for illustration purposes. You’ll notice that their logo is 3-colour printing; navy, red and black.
T-shirt Printing on White and Light Colour Shirts
When it comes to printing on white t-shirts there are no restrictions. We use colour laser printers to print the t-shirt transfers and then apply the transfers to the t-shirts using an automated commercial heat press. Essentially what ever you can print on your printer we can print on ours and then print it on the shirts.
When we print the same image on a yellow haze or light blue we get the same results except that all of the white areas in the image are the colour of the t-shirt. The colours darkened slightly since the ink is translucent. The t-shirt colour blends slightly with the ink colour.
As the t-shirt colour gets darker, the ink colour also deepens as the t-shirt colour and ink colour blend.
T-shirt Printing on Mid Colour T-shirts
On a daisy yellow shirt this blending doesn’t really affect the ink colour however if the blue ink was a light blue, when printed the light blue would take on a greenish hue. This is like kids playing with crayons. When you mix yellow and blue you get green.
In the next example I have an Irish green t-shirt. I printed this so you can see that the colours are now becoming shades of black. So in this instance it’s best to convert the whole image to black ink as I have done on this Kelly green t-shirt. This gives an excellent result.
Also please be aware that we have a special t-shirt transfer paper that doesn’t leave a polymer window around the printing.
T-shirt Printing on Dark Shirts
Of course there are times when you want to print on dark shirts or if it is a photograph or artwork you may need to have white ink as part of the image. We do have a process for this as well.
In the examples on the black shirts you will notice that the perimeter of the image has been trimmed away. You will also notice that the interior of the graphic has not. This is why I said that we can print some images on dark shirts.
This process doesn’t work well for text only unless the text is set up graphically so that there is a perimeter to trim away with no trimming in the interior. All of the aforementioned shirts can be printed as one-of-kind, a few or a dozen or more shirts.
It is only screen printing that has a minimum order.
Now you’ll notice in our final example that all of the colours of our original graphic were converted to a single ink colour and then the shirt was screen printed. If you want text only then your best option may be screen printing.
With screen printing you can print all kinds of text and artwork, however remember that there is a minimum order.
With screen printing the cost per shirt for 25 is significantly higher than for 500 shirts with the same image. And also the cost increased for each colour in your image.
This is why you see so many shirts with just one ink colour.
I hope this added some clarification. If you would like additional information please browse our website at tshirtscanada.com or for any questions or a price quote send an email to [email protected]
More Information on T-shirt Printing
For information and pricing for printing on white t-shirts please go to: https://tshirtscanada.com/process-1-additional-info-price-list/ For information and pricing for printing on light coloured t-shirts please click: https://tshirtscanada.com/printing-on-light-colour-t-shirts-infopricing/
For information about mid colour shirts: https://tshirtscanada.com/printing-on-mid-colour-t-shirts-infopricing/ To find out more about printing graphic art, photos etc on dark t-shirts please go to: https://tshirtscanada.com/process-2-info-price-list/
For information on screen printing (or any t-shirt printing questions) please send an email to us at [email protected] and attach any art work you may want printed.