PRODUCTION SPECS




Maximum Printing Size And Colors: Up to 10 color 26″ W x 24″ H prints…



 

Color Separation Techniques: Learn what type of color separation technique works best for your designs and budget…


Spot Color is used to separate colors that are not to be mixed. In this case, each spot color is represented by its own ink, which is specially mixed. When a design has very basic, solid color fills that are easy to identify, we refer to the separation type as spot color. A spot color will match specific colors in an image and will often be set to a Pantone solid color. In addition to even better coverage over dark garments, spot colors offer more consistency while printing and between print runs. Advantages: Inks can be opaque or semi-opaque / Offers best coverage and color matching on both light and dark substrates. Disadvantages: Requires the most screens for a full color image
Halftones is the technique that simulates continuous tone imagery through the use of dots, varying either in size or in spacing, thus generating a gradient like effect. The halftone process is based upon meeting the need for grays through the principle whereby a pattern small enough to be at the eye’s separation threshold will create diffusion on the retina which may convince the eye it is seeing something that is not actually there. Halftones are created through a process called dithering, in which the density and pattern of black and white dots are varied to simulate different shades of gray. Advantages: Reduces costs for photographic designs / Creates the attractive texture of typical screen printing patterns / Can be used to combine two different colors and create a third one Disadvantages: Light water base colors print on light colored fabrics only / colors might loose intensity or wash out up to 20% without proper care or after many washes and repetitive high temperature tumble dry.
4 Color Process is very useful for multi-color photographic like prints. 4 Color process is a color separation technique that combines cyan, magenta, yellow and black to reproduce the entire spectrum or gamut of colors found in the image. Process color printing usually requires more then just the 4 basic CMYK colors for a quality print. Adding a highlight white helps to control the lighter color ranges. Additional custom colors may also be included for spot color matching or out of gamut colors. Advantages: Unlimited color prints / reduces costs for multi-colored designs (5+) Disadvantages: Prints on very light colored fabrics only / cannot guarantee pantone color match
Index Color is a process where a design with lots of colors is reduced down to a limited color palette using Adobe Photoshop’s Index Color Mode. The process of “indexing” a design also converts the design to a diffusion dither random square dot (all the dots are the same size) pixel pattern rather than halftone dot patterns. The design is separated and printed directly from Photoshop, or the file is brought into a drawing program for additional text or graphic elements. You actually pick colors from within the design for Photoshop to use as your master Color Palette. It takes these colors and creates an image using just the colors you pick. All secondary colors are made using the colors you pick for your color palette.

 

Know Your Ink: Know what ink works best for your ideas and materials…


Plastisols are the most commonly used inks for printing designs onto garments. They’re particularly useful for printing vivid colors on dark fabrics and have the most durability. They are composed primarily of two ingredients, PVC resin and plasticizer. Plastisol inks do not color the fibers like a dye, instead the ink wraps around the fibers and makes a mechanical bond with the fabric. Plastisol inks are innocuous when used with reasonable care. A true plastisol ink contains no air-polluting solvents or volatile organic compounds. The manufacture, transportation, storage, use and disposal of plastisol inks do not cause injury, illness, or environmental contamination as long as the appropriate safety and environmental protection procedures are followed as we do in Psylo Graphics. Advantages: Long lasting vivid colors / brighter whites on dark garments / works on most types of garments and materials with proper bonding agents. Disadvantages: Dark garments require a flash base that increases printing prices and can result in a thicker print / print might crack without proper care or after many washes and repetitive high temperature tumble dry.
Water base inks are environmentaly friendly and print great on textile materials. These inks have an incredibly soft hand making them great for printing on different kinds of applications. Water based inks are free of most environmentally damaging chemicals such as PVC, phthalate, heavy metals, azo compounds, nonylphenos and formaldehyde. Advantages: Exceptionally soft hand / intense pigment colors / ease of use and breath ability of the ink on fabric / works on most type of garments and materials. Disadvantages: Light water base colors print on light colored fabrics only / colors might loose intensity or wash out up to 20% without proper care or after many washes and repetitive high temperature tumble dry.
Discharge became very popular in the last 15 years. Though it is not as environmentally friendly as water based inks, discharge inks offer a unique solution for garment decoration. This ink can be printed as direct discharge, dye discharge or used as an under base for water base or plastisol inks. Discharge generates a softer feel on garments and gives a unique vintage look that customers love. Advantages: Exceptionally soft hand / intense pigment colors / ease of use and breath ability of the ink on fabric / works on most 100% cotton garments. Disadvantages: Prints on dark colored 100% DISCHARGE REACTIVE COTTON fabrics only / does not work on poly or poly blend fabrics / some red, purple, royal blue and lime green garments don’t react properly with discharge inks and we can’t guarantee pantone color match on any of this garment colors / whites might look a little tanned on some garments / might require very high temperatures or double drying for proper curing that might affect some garments / colors might loose intensity or wash out up to 20% without proper care of after many washes and repetitive high temperature tumble dry.
Specialty inks are those that create unique textures, reflections and effects to your graphic decorations that are not possible to achieve with traditional inks. We offer a wide range of products that will add great results to your garment. Specialty inks include: foil, glitter, glow in the dark, puff, high density, sparkle, clear gel, reflective, suede, shimmer, metallic, blow out base, flock and more. Advantages: Work on most type of garments and materials / adds textures, colors and effects that are not possible to obtain with traditional inks. Disadvantages: Considerably more expensive than traditional inks like plastisol, water base or discharge / might require an extra hit of glue or flash base to make the material bond with the garment and look right / might require an extra step like a heat pressing, double drying, etc., for proper curing / colors, textures and effects might loose intensity or wash out up to 20% without proper care or after many washes and repetitive high temperature tumble dry.

 

Turnarounds: 2 weeks or less…


 

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WE CANNOT GUARANTEE THAT WE WILL ACCOMODATE ALL RUSH ORDERS.
RUSH ORDERS REQUIRE PAYMENT IN FULL TO BEGIN PRINTING