Even a great design will suffer from a poor t-shirt ink color combination. We own the best, Pantone-approved ink mixing systems in the screen printing biz!
Please use the following Ink Color Charts for choosing ink colors when creating t-shirt designs and placing orders. Below is a comprehensive list of all conventional plastisol and water-based inks that we keep in stock. All of these ink colors are available for use with no additional costs. Having trouble picking inks? Please read below for more info.
While there’s no magic formula in choosing ink colors, here are a few things to keep in mind.
If you are looking for a bold design with high-visibility, be sure to choose t-shirt ink colors that have a good amount of contrast to the garment color. For example yellow and black, red and black and pink and black are high contrast color combinations. The key with creating high contrast is choosing a light color with a medium to dark color or black.
Achieving proper color value is very important, especially with high details. To understand how value relates, think of the greyscale equivalent to your shirt and the ink colors in your design. It’s easiest to understand that printing black ink on a navy blue shirt isn’t a good combination because they’re both very dark. Medium values also don’t work well side by side. For example colors such heather grey with a light blue print don’t work very well together, because their values are on the same level. The same can be said for light color tones together and dark color tones together. To achieve a good tonal range use a combination of light, mid-tone, and dark colors in your design.
We have a wide array of pre-mixed house colors (see color charts above) for both conventional and water-based inks. These t-shirt inks are always available without any ink color mixing charges. Custom colors can also be created for only $15.
For custom Pantone colors, we suggest referencing a professional Pantone book. If you do not have access to a professional Pantone book, here’s an online Pantone reference chart. The online Pantone reference chart is not a perfect color match as all digital and web colors are changed to RGB color for digital viewing and every digital screen is calibrated differently. Actual ink colors will vary from what you see.
We only work with the best water-based and plastisol ink systems. We don’t nickel and dime our inks or cut corners to save a buck. Our t-shirt ink systems are carefully picked to achieve great color accuracy, smooth prints, great detail and eco-friendly options. Stop in to see samples of our work or get in touch if would like us to send you a printed sample.
Please keep in mind if you’re looking for water-based inks, it’s important to request water-based inks prior to placing your order. Not all fabrics, garments and styles print well with water-based inks. Additionally, we request a minimum of 24qty per design. Please check our Water-Based Screen Printing page for more info.