im thinking of trying to do some overprinting to save on inks and maybe try some different color effects. problem is im not a printer so i cant experiment on my own. I know poster artists do this a lot.
can the same effect be achieved with tees?

Is the shirt color a variable?

Whats the best why to simulate this in say photoshop, or do i just have to rely on my knowledge of color theory?

drew millward’s headache t is a good example of what im talkin about but id like to do a dark shirt.
  • Randomentity

    overprinting in PS tutorial
    maybe that’ll help
    as far as the printing side goes, i have no idea.
  • derekdeal

    i thought i had seen an overprint tutorial in one of my old mags a long time ago. thanks.
  • gregispaperroot

    If you are talking about t-shirts, there are specific inks that you can use to get that effect. They are called transparent plastisol inks. Union ink Plum series are great, i’ve just started experimenting with them. The color of the shirt is a variable, as they will not show up well on dark shirts unless an underbase of white or discharge is printed. White shirts are recommended. Hope this helps.
  • miles to go

    id guess its process too. if you do it on a color shirt youd need a white under base too, but im sure on grey it was ok like drews shirt
  • derekdeal

    this is all really helpful. Ill have to ask the client about printing options on my design. I have a poster of that millward art and its definately not process. I was hoping it was printed the same way, which would have been pretty slick.

    so when its printed process does that mean its dtg or is there another way to do it?
  • gregispaperroot

    I agree, it’s definitely not process. It’s just the transparent inks printed on top of each other. There is less control over the shades of the overprinted colors, which is why the overprints in the tee above have somewhat odd (but good) hues. But that is basically how they act. Each is printed wet-on-wet on the shirt which creates the overlapping colors. This is actually a much easier solution for printing many colors because you don’t have to do process separations and fine detail, it is pretty much spot color separations. If you can find a screen printer that has these inks available, it is a pretty simple task. Again though, there is less control over the basic colors created by the overlaps.
  • Colemadethis

    recuring wont really effect the previous print unless its gets to extreme temperatures and the ink liquifies again… and thats very very unlikely with standard conveyor dryers and flash dryers.

    the only thing i would think to worry about is opacity of the second layer print.

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