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Under-basing colored inks on dark garments. Does it have to be white?

Here is some of what I have learned from the battle………..

1.) People who think they know it all… learn very little!  

2.) Under basing inks on dark garments can be a halftone or screen tint.

This can make the image more three-D and keep the solid ink from cracking. And keep the garment breathing better.

3) Under basing inks on dark garments can be a different color then White.

This is great when you have limited heads and a lot of color. Light colored inks might work best.

4) Under basing inks on dark garments can be a thin ink.

We do not need to block out the dark shirt just create a base for the ink to set up on rather then absorb into.

5.) Under basing with a thin white or gray and adjusting you highlight white to the brightest areas can create awesome mid-range detail.

6..) Trying a color that is not light or bright can have unique and beautiful results.

7.) Experimenting is like a box of chocolates…………

8.) the phrase ” they’re only t-shirts” can have a profound effect.

9.) art is subjective! What some people call wrong, can be beautiful to others.

Case in point… Here is a job we ran today. Our client could only afford three set-ups and prints…. and It is not enough shirts to add additional color just to do a great job.

The Lobster on the course is red not blue and the mountains look terrible in red. the text needs to be White or most bright…. this only leaves one more color

and typically we under-base the white so as not to have to print flash print every color. With gray, as mentioned above it looks very three-d But is lacking color contrast and interest

as iy just looks red and white…. So….. I know… Lets print a blue under-base??????

Here are the 8×10 Glossies….. alright they’re 2 megapixle iphone shots.

Here is the base blue……….

Blue under base


Now I thought that flashing it would help the next colors from absorbing into the garment and getting toned down with black…. Also I thought that because plastisol does not like to stick to itself wet, the next colors would be muted.

However here is what happened,,,,,, printing the white second on the wet blue base blended the fades and halftones much more smoothly. the passover from the red also helped the inks merge and blend…. however it also lifted the Brighness of the wet white,

but since we did not need to flash we simply reprinted the white last with a quick light pass.

here it is with White next on wet blue.

Blue with white

and Here is the finished print.

Final print

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