Choosing the ink color you will use on a t-shirt or fabric that you want to have custom made can be very important to the success of the overall design. Many times the printers and also the fabric companies that you’re working with can offer tips that are worth looking at.

What Does Your Ink Palette Look Like?

Sometimes it’s tricky selecting the ink and t-shirt color appearance and combination, especially if you are doing so online. The lighting in a screen printing lab or on a computer versus lighting in the real world can be very different. A good custom printing company has personnel that are trained to give you their expert advice on how to color combine your clothing without much trouble.

For example, an ink may look great on a yellow shirt but not on a dark blue shirt. There are options to preview color combinations ahead of the printing job. This is one reason why it’s important that you consider where you should go to get your fabric, as well as what colors you select when you are looking for a great color-ink to fabric combination.

Here are some standard color group types that may be available to choose from:

  • Basic Colors that are standard
  • Solid Colors that are no risk
  • Bold Colors for a bit of a fun statement
  • Subtle colors for the more conservative
  • Heather colors that are fashionable

Avoiding Color Fabric Mismatches

Those seeking to have custom clothing made must try to avoid making mistakes in the beginning by making sure the ink color you select is not the same as the color of your fabric. Blue ink on a blue fabric material will not stand out. Complimentary colors are always a win. Get some advice from the pros in order to get a great outcome on your custom clothing.

Some colors can be combined and will give a special and unique look to your piece of clothing, but make sure once the print is made on your fabric that it will look exactly as you had previewed it on a screen or at the print shop. If heat is applied along with the ink onto the fabric, that can also make a difference in the final outcome.

Fabric and Heat Transfer

Remember to decide on the color of the garment you are selecting prior to creating a custom transfer or design. Heat transfers are always important to take into consideration when getting inspired and choosing the color you want. The ink may vary from printer to printer, and many printing companies have their own palette from which they will ask you to select.

Consultation with the specialist is usually your best bet for getting your custom clothing to look just how you want it. Many printing companies can also show you the clip art or custom ink color collection they offer prior to any payment and may be able to offer a test-run of a design before you turn in a bulk order.

You can choose a layout that you like if you don’t already have your own, then the color and type of method used to get the ink onto your fabric will be discussed with you before the job is started. Once you feel satisfied with your choice and selection, you can be confident in the final appearance of your order.

If you would like more information about designing custom clothing, contact RiverCity Screenprinting & Embroidery, located in San Marcos, TX.