Printing soft-hand on dark garments is probably the single most challenging aspect of textile screen printing. The “hand” of a print is referring to the feel. The softer the hand of a print, the less you can feel it. There has been some really great improvements in the screen printing ink industry with ink additives and the onset of discharge printing. However, there is not a cut and dry solution for a bright print with a super-soft hand on dark garments.
The most successful soft-hand screen prints begin with the design. Usually the shirt color works with the art and is allowed to influence the print color. This allows the printer flexibility to use regular plastisol, soft-hand inks, or discharge depending on the complexity of the design and amount of detail.