What is water based printing?

Water based inks are soft, breathable inks that soak into the fabric of the garment, rather than sitting on top. When printed correctly, they result in crisp, bright prints that you can't feel to the touch!

When to use Water based Printing

  • For super-soft, no-feel prints
  • On white or light-colored garments
  • On dark-colored garments for a strong faded/vintage look (color of garment impacts the ink)

Can waterbase inks be printed on dark garments?

Absolutely. When water base inks are printed on dark garments we typically call this Discharge Printing, since we need an extra element to bleach the original color out of the shirt before printing the super soft water base ink. However, we can also print straight Water base onto dark garments in order to achieve a faded/vintage effect or a tonal effect.

In some scenarios, we also may use a white under base water base ink instead of discharging the garment. Each job is evaluated based on what will provide the best quality print by our staff.

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