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.Read More
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.
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.