Art Requirements for All-Over T-shirt Printing
All-Over t-shirt printing is a unique style of t-shirt printing. It has more art requirements than a standard t-shirt screen-print and does have limitations. One unique feature of how all-over t-shirts are printed is, the same artwork covers all sizes of shirts. Meaning, the artwork on a small sized t-shirt will show less art than what is shown on a 2XL size t-shirt.
By printing oversized art all over the shirt from side to side, it allows a consistency between shirts while retaining individuality. But it does require special consideration as to the placement of your logo and select art elements.
Shirt & Color Restrictions
Due to garment dyes and the materials used in making shirts, some t-shirt blends and colors have limitations. The best fabric to use for all over shirt printing is 100% cotton and certain "Heather" blends. (Heather is spun yarn utilizing pre-dyed fibers. These dyed fibers are custom blended to give a specific color and look.)
NOTE: Please understand this chart below does not cover all colors available. To check if the color you wish to use is usable, please contact our customer service at 866.322.1200.
Shirt colors that work best:
Shirt colors that WILL NOT work:
All Over shirt printing uses discharge inks. These inks are used in a special process in alternative to traditional plastic based inks in screen printing. It is sometimes called "Soft Hand" or "Water Base." Although not ideal for all materials, discharge inks do provide beautiful colors with very soft prints that let the fabrics' texture stand out.
Discharge printing is a specialty screen-printing process that uses water based ink product as its base and has a discharge agent added to the ink. The purpose of the discharge agent is to discharge or take up a darker colored dye out of the shirts' cotton fabric. This leaves the cotton in its natural state, which is usually a cream or tan color.
Discharge is formulated to work on garments with 100% cotton for the fabric content. That is one of the limitations associated with its use. It cannot be used on other fabrics such as polyester or blends.