Knowing that, you can achieve some amazing results with discharge screen printing just by playing around with different fabric composition of the shirt you select. There are no limits to the kind of looks you can achieve when you pick the right combination!
So, what do we mean by that? A white discharge ink printed on a black 100% cotton t-shirt will have a significantly different result than on a black blended t-shirt (with white polyester & rayon fibers).
With the right color and fabric composition, you can go bright and bold or vintage and tonal. A white discharge ink printed on a black 100% cotton t-shirt will have a completely different result than on a royal blue 100% cotton t-shirt. Although both of these shirts are 100% cotton, the royal blue t-shirt will result in a vintage tonal color effect (see example below). Royal blue, kelly green and red tend to have similar vintage tonal results when using discharge inks. So, whether you’re looking for a brighter “pop” of color or a more subtle vintage color, we can help you achieve the look with discharge screen printing!
Just as important as it is in the creating a design, fully understanding that discharge inks affect different shirts will be an asset in how great your shirt turns out; selecting the right fabric and color composition will only strengthen your design and brand.
Here are some visuals to help you achieve some great results when discharge screen p; whether it’s a bright look or more of a vintage (subtle) look. On each of these, we used the exact same white discharge ink.
Canvas 3001 in Black (100% Cotton)-print result is brighter
American Apparel 2001 in Royal Blue (100% Cotton)-print result is a tonal look
American Apparel 2408 in Asphalt (100% Cotton)-print result is bright
Next Level 6210 CVC Crew in Charcoal (60% Cotton/40% Polyester in white)-with white polyester, print will be brighter
American Apparel TR301 in Tri Black (60% Cotton/40% Polyester in black)-with black polyester, print will be subtle
Next Level 6210 in Black (60% Cotton/40% Polyester in black)-with black polyester, print will be subtle
Next Level 6040 in Premium Heather (Tri-Blend)-print will always be subtle
*Don’t worry, if a more opaque look on any of these shirts is your desired look, we can still achieve that using our High Opacity ink.
These are not the end all be all–there are so many more fantastic results that can be achieved with discharge screen printing. Our AE’s are pros at helping you determine which fabric and color composition would best fit the look that you want to achieve to strengthen your design or brand, so please don’t hesitate to contact us. We’ll help you make it happen.
You can feel some discharge samples with your own two hands, we’ve got an awesome Sample Book for you to compare the looks and feels of discharge inks and water based inks on different garments with different fabric compositions.