You’ve picked your textiles, created a t-shirt design and placed your order. So what happens next?
The first step in getting your design onto a t-shirt involves printing films for the various colors used. A graphic artist will look at your artwork and determine the best method of printing the colors.
The two main methods of printing colors are spot colors and four-color process. Spot colors are individual colors that are printed separately. There are 100’s of pre-mixed colors and an infinite number of colors that can be mixed to specification (e.g. Pantone Matching System colors).
Four-color process physically blends four colors (Cyan (sky blue), Magenta (hot pink), Yellow and Black) on the textile to create a large variety of colors. Four-color process, also known as CMYK, is used to simulate photographic work and graphics with sophisticated shading and textural effects. A hybrid form of printing known as simulated process is sometimes used, combining components of both process and spot color printing.
The graphic artist creates transparent acetate films of each color and prints them in black along with registration marks and...