Let's Talk About Ink

When you're printing t-shirts, you have a decision to make, about ink. What kind of ink is most appropriate for your project? In this post, we're going to explain the basic differences between your three main choices. We can print all three of these types of garment ink here at Ocelot Print Shop.

Plastisol Ink

Plastisol is an oil-based ink that sits on the surface of the fabric and provides good coverage. So if you're printing white or a light color on a dark shirt, plastisol is a good choice. In terms of feel, plastisol ink sits on the surface of the fabric.

An example of a plastisol print

An example of a plastisol print

 

Water-based Ink

Water-based ink is more eco-friendly than plastisol ink and is by nature more transparent. Water-based ink doesn't offer the same coverage as plastisol, and is often the best choice when trying to achieve a "vintage look." You may not always want to print water-based ink on a dark shirt - it depends on what you are trying to achieve with your artwork. In terms of feel, water-based ink soaks into the fabric and creates a soft print.

An example of a water-based print

An example of a water-based print

 

Discharge

Discharge ink removes the dye of the fabric (like bleach), and is therefore the softest option. 100% cotton garments only are recommended for discharge printing. There is a $.50 per garment extra charge for discharge ink.

An example of a discharge print

An example of a discharge print