At Ink Brain Studios we provide custom silkscreen printing on clothing and apparel for all of Los Angeles and Orange County, CA. Silkscreen printing or screen printing is one of the oldest ways of printing custom apparel and it is a process that involves pushing ink through a mesh onto the fabric of your custom apparel. In order to create the design the ink goes through the spaces created by the stencil opening of the mesh and when the ink is pushed into the mesh it sinks into the garment. When it comes to screen printing every color is printed separately so each color has a separate mesh screen. The last step of the silkscreen printing process is to let the ink on your t-shirt or custom apparel dry off.
This is the traditional style of printing. Inks are thicker and rougher than our standard printing, and the ink sits on top of the shirt. These inks can be printed on any garment or fabric and work best in small print areas. Plastisol inks will be used on all 50/50 tees in place of our Standard inks.
How It Works: Plastisol is the standard, economical ink to use for screenprinting. It is easy to use because it is essentially plastic. To be more specific, it is made of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) particles and and plasticizer. PVC is a commonly-used plastic that is made fluid and flexible through combination with plasticizer, which is an additive that keeps the PVC particles from clumping together or settling. Plastisol has to reach a temperature of around 350 degrees Fahrenheit for curing. Once dry, most plastisol prints sit on top of the material of the shirt.
Waterbase printing is very similar to discharge printing but for white and light colored shirts. The inks are dyed into the fabric. When used on dark color fabrics it gives a strong faded/vintage look. Keep in mind that when using light ink colors on dark shirts the ink colors will be tinted by the shirt color. For example white inks on a black shirt will cause the inks to be a light grey. Waterbase inks must be washed before they take their “no feel” state.
How They Work: Water-based is a specialty ink for direct to garment digital printing. It is a mixture of water with dye or pigment. The water acts as the main solvent to keep the pigment or dye in liquid form but sometimes co-solvents are used as well. The purpose of the co-solvents ranges, but they are most commonly used to decrease the time and heat necessary for curing. For the print to be cured, the water has to have completely evaporated. The ink sinks into the fibers of shirt, becoming part of the fabric.
Foil Transfers are a great option when looking for a reflective surface on a shirt. The transfers are a metallic facing adhered to the shirt with clear adhesive ink. They are bright and highly reflective, although they do require special care to maintain their luster. Silver and gold are standard colors, although special requests can be made!
Foil printing is a two-step process that allows us to print your design with a shiny metallic finish. First, we screen print the shape of your design using an adhesive ink. We then apply the foil over top of the adhesive, heat it to 300 degrees, and remove the excess leaving only the she shape of your design on the t-shirt. Foil printing is a great solution for designs that require a shiny, reflective look or just for something a little different on your upcoming order.
CMYK 4 COLOR PROCESS
Four Color Process printing, also known as CMYK, uses only 4 colors to achieve your photorealistic image (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black). This process is typically performed on white or light colored garments and will not produce prints with a high amount of color detail
SIMULATED PROCESS OR SPOT PROCESS
Simulated Process printing goes above and beyond Four Color Process by blending in standard spot colors to achieve high amounts of photorealistic detail. This process works well on both light and dark colored garments.