We pride ourselves on the quality of our products and use the latest technology and equipment in the industry. Whether using plastisols, waterbase or discharge inks, we ensure your final product will have a custom look and feel you are satisfied and proud of.
The most common form of commercial T-shirt decoration is screen-printing. In screen-printing, a design is separated into individual colors. Plastisol inks are the most common application, however Strictly T’s also uses Waterbase and Discharge Inks. We are also well educated and skilled with handling multiple methods of reproduction and needed to run a screen printing business including spot color, simulated spot process and 4 color CMYK.
Plastisol Spot Color Printing
Chances are most T Shirts, sweatshirts, jackets etc. you’ve ever gotten have used this type of ink and it’s the most common choice in our shop as well because of its versatility and durability. Because plastisol comes in strengths from transparent to very opaque, you want to work with a shop that has our experience, as we know how to handle the proper opacity, keep the inks from becoming contaminated with other colors, and know what is the best printing process and curing temperatures to ensure a quality product!
Simulated Spot Process
Spot Process Screen Printing is the the method of printing when an image is not reproducible using basic spot color methods within a graphics vector program; typically photographs, complex tonal illustrations, scanned images or any style of complex halftone tonal images that will be printed on either dark or light colors garments including white using halftones. Since the early 1990’s Spot Process has been widely accepted and replacing the need for CMYK Printing.
4 Color CMYK Printing
CMYK printing is still a useful method for a number of projects when printing on white garments only ANDwhen the artwork consists of an image that does not contain colors that need to be exact, washed out or distressed full color graphics. The colors are represented as percentages of cyan, magenta, yellow and black. Varying the percentages offers thousands of color possibilities. When four-color process printing is used to reproduce photographs, decorative elements such as borders and graphics can be created out of process colors. This helps to avoid the added expense of an extra plate needed to print each spot color. When you come to us, we will make suggestions for the best methods of reproduction and make suggestions for how to reduce costs whenever necessary.
Discharge Ink Systems
Discharge inks actually remove color out of a shirt, similar to the effect of getting bleach on a shirt. The ink has no “feel” on a shirt, as it soaks into the fabric instead of sitting on top of it, as plastisol does. When you use Water-based & Discharge inks, you are left with a super soft and natural feeling print.
Glow In the Dark Inks!
Put the spotlight on your designs Glow-in-the-Dark Ink! Best used as an overprint with white or light-colored inks, this special effects ink is translucent and can be used over one specific area or all over your image. Because of the phosphorescence nature of this ink, the final print will have a slight green cast and Pantone matching is unavailable.