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How to achieve max contrast when printing white halftones on a black shirt

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Old January 10th, 2016 Jan 10, 2016 7:57:21 PM -   #1 (permalink)
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Default How to achieve max contrast when printing white halftones on a black shirt

I've had images screen printed with white halftones on black t-shirts before and have never been really satisfied with the results. The images were always on one layer and the halftones were hit either once or twice with white ink depending on the image. My main issue is that the halftones never really popped or had a real good contrast between the black shirt and white ink.

For this next round of printing I was wondering if screen printers ever created two layers for printing white on black? So rather than the "black" of the design being the shirt itself, you print a white underbase on the shirt and then print the halftone in black ink on top of the white underbase? Or would you do the opposite? Or is neither right? With a square photo print it would be easy, but if the halftone image has a real angular shape, trying to add an underbase layer would be a nightmare to me.

But...I do plan on printing halftone designs with white and black ink on heather shirts, so that will definitely require two layers, so I need to learn how to do it.

Any suggestions are appreciated.

Last edited by rockwell; January 10th, 2016 at 08:32 PM..

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