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How Soft-Hand Printing Via Discharge Inks Works

Posted by Sharprint Associated Press on Tue, Mar, 10, 2015 @ 10:03 AM

Discharge ink was developed specifically for soft-hand printing on dark garments. Discharge is a water-based ink that bleaches the garment weave while depositing pigment. The look of the final print is quite different from traditional plastisol prints. The end print is more muted, the colors are flatter, and the edges of the screen stencil tend to soften through the production run. Butt-to-butt registration is not guaranteed. Discharge is really great for vintage looking prints with lose designs. Tight logo style graphics aren’t ideal for discharge printing.

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Topics: discharge ink, soft-hand printing

Putting Your "Hand" to the Challenge

Posted by Maureen Alfonso on Thu, Nov, 17, 2011 @ 11:11 AM

Have you ever put on a decorated t-shirt and immediately felt like you were wrapped in cardboard? Though that may be a bit of an exaggeration, I have experienced and worn t-shirts that were incredibly uncomfortable due to the design printed on the front of the tee.

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Topics: discharge ink, chino ink, soft-hand

Printing a Vintage Looking T-Shirt

Posted by Tara Zanzig on Tue, Apr, 12, 2011 @ 10:04 AM

Everybody has that lifelong favorite t-shirt with the faded color, slight tear, and small but noticeable ketchup stain. Why do these tees continue to stay in the closet and out of the trash? Well, aside from the ketchup stain, people like the vintage, worn-out look.

Using specialized inks, decorating manufacturers are able to give a brand-spanking-new shirt the look of an old-worn-out tee.

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Topics: screen printing, discharge ink, water-based ink

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