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 industry!
Please use the Ink Color Charts above for choosing ink colors when creating t-shirt designs and placing orders. We’ve put together 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 + black, red + black, and pink + black are high contrast color combinations. The key to creating high contrast designs is choosing a light color with a medium to dark color substrate.
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 that are used together as well. To achieve a good tonal range use a combination of light, mid-tone, and dark colors in your design and always keep the substrate color in mind.
We have a wide array of pre-mixed house colors (see color charts above) for both water-based and conventional plastisol inks. These t-shirt inks are always available without any ink color mixing charges. Custom Solid Coated (plastisol) or Uncoated (water-based) Pantone colors can also be created for only $15 per color.
For custom Pantone colors, we suggest referencing a physical Pantone color guide. If you do not have access to a physical Pantone color guide, but have particular colors in mind for your design, we strongly suggest ordering an ink swatch test. Any digital colors viewed on a monitor will never be a perfect color match to what the color looks like once printed, as all digital and web colors are changed to RGB color for digital viewing and every digital screen is calibrated differently. An ink swatch test is the only sure-fire way to ensure you know what the final printed color will look like. Of course, completing an ink swatch test will add some time to your turnaround and cost to your total, but it’s the only way to ensure you’ll get the exact color you’re looking for.
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, and great detail. Stop in to see samples of our work or get in touch if you 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 let us know that’s what you would like so that we can point you in the right direction when it comes to the garments. 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.