Color Hacks for your Next T-Shirt Screen Print


Hey guys I’m Summer for BELLA+CANVAS we’re in the middle of a series on design innovation so far we’ve talked about incorporating specialty ink to create a dimensional effect and shown you how creative print placements can elevate any design today’s video is all about color choosing a unique color parent is a great way to create a design that stands out while only doing a one color print in today’s video we’re gonna focus on two color relationships tonal and complementary a tonal print is when the ink is a shade lighter or darker than the tee this less is more approach is one of our favorites Tom from Motion textiles is going to show you an awesome hack for creating tonal prints in multiple colors with minimal effort so for this technique we have a little bit of a hack as far as how to achieve a tonal effect on three different substrate colors traditionally we would pick a unique PMS color for each garment color in this case we’re using a soft plastisol base so it’s a very very low viscosity base it’s almost like water and we put just a tiny drop of black pigment into the ink to provide the shading so the obvious advantage to doing this is that we’re working with one single ink color we don’t have to custom mix three separate inks for the different various garment colors we’re actually just letting the garment color do the work for us as it shows through the semi clear base and you could do the exact opposite and start with a clear base add white pigment and you could ever so slightly lighten the garment color same exact principle when people think about complementary colors they often think of the slightly jarring combinations used by sports teams think about the LA Lakers yellow and purple but one great trick is to choose a t-shirt color that is complementary to your designer logo but this is shade lighter or darker this will create an eye-catching combination but is much more subtle on the eyes so the next technique that we’re gonna show is how you can really take a simple one color print on the shirt and really create impact by using complementary colors we started with colors that are basically on the opposite end of the color spectrum and there’s nothing special about the colors themselves and nothing really even special about the substrate color but when you combine the two together the color creates that impact the great thing about working with the bella canvas line is the color selection the number of colors that bella canvas creates sky’s limit for design choices color choices in the print we started here with a nice blue shirt with the red ink again two colors on the opposite side of color spectrum I really love the gray with the gold because it’s kind of a purple blue shade of gray and we contrast that so nicely with the gold my favorite colorway in this design is the sunset heather with the green ink you wouldn’t think of a forest green ink necessarily as being a sexy color but when contrasted with the sunset substrate color is fantastic for the first two colorways we used a soft plastisol ink soft plastisol red 186 and 343 for the green on sunset we knew when we were gonna print the storm gray shirt that we wanted to go that we had to go with the discharge ink our concern was how well the fabric would discharge in testing that came out beautifully and we printed the 75 48 gold ink on the storm grey and I completely removed the dye from the shirt and ended up with a nice rich bold color we hope this video sparked some ideas for your next design if you want to learn more about color relationships make sure to check out our previous video about picking the right color ink for your tee well make sure to link to it in the description make sure to like this video and subscribe to our Channel we’ve got another video from our innovation series coming next week. Be Different. you

9 Replies to “Color Hacks for your Next T-Shirt Screen Print

  1. So do we just tell our printers to do a tonal color to have the lighter shade of color garment to the design? And they'll know what to do?

  2. Great video series, I love them. Question, what did he mean when he said "use soft Plastisol ink"? Is there a special soft Plastisol ink available?

  3. Anyone have a suggestion for the transparent base? I mostly use Union inks in my shop but i can't seem to find a low viscosity transparent base from union

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