• facebook
  • twitter
  • gplus
  • pinterest
  • instagram
menu_toggle

Screen print focus – What is discharge printing?

Tagged with:

Unlike in other forms of screen printing, discharge printing creates your design by taking away from the fabric, rather than adding to it; literally discharging the pigment from the fabric you’re printing on.

 

To help you get a better sense of what discharge printing is and when to use it, we peeled our Garment Production Manager and all-round screen print guru, Dixon, away from the presses to answer a few questions.

Dixon, screen print guru, Awesome Merchandise

So, what exactly is discharge printing?

Discharge printing is the process of using a clear water-based ink which is mixed with an additive. The additive removes the colour dye from the t-shirt when printed onto it, creating your chosen design. The discharge ink on it’s own will return the cotton to it’s natural colour (a sort of off white) however, you can add pigment to the discharge ink to print colours.

Discharge print, discharge printing, discharde printed t-shirt, t-shirt printing

What are the advantages of using discharge printing?

The advantage of discharge printing is that you get a product with very little hand (feel on the shirt) allowing the garment to feel as light as it would without a print on there.

Awesome Merchandise, t-shirt printing, discharge printing,

When would you advise using discharge ink for a t-shirt design?

If you have a design which is very heavy in terms of how much ink is going down, then discharge printing is a great option. You don’t have to put a layer of plastic down, like you would have to using Plastisol ink.

Discharge printing is also something that works well alongside other techniques to get a variety of finishes. Putting down a discharge base, then build up with Plastisol or water-based inks is a great way to reduce the amount of ink going onto a garment.

discharge printing, t-shirt printing, Awesome Merchandise

When would you advise people not to use discharge printing?

You can’t Pantone match with discharge printing because of the inconsistency of discharging. So if this is important to you and your design, then you should look into using Plastisol or water-based inks instead.

Need a little bit of inspiration? Check out our discharge printed t-shirt Pinterest board to see more examples of discharge printing.

Already know what you want? Head to our website to discover our extensive range of garments waiting for you to customise.

Leeds Beer Week, Awesome Merchandise
/ Featured / Interviews

Awesome Merchandise x Leeds Beer Week

We’re super excited to be the official merch sponsor for L...
Awesome Merchandise, Tote bag, totes
/ Featured / Tools & Tips

10 top tips for designing tote bags

Discover the top tote bag tips from the awesome creative...
awesome merchandise, promote your awesome
/ Featured / Spotlight

Promote your Awesome

From kitting out your staff in branded tees to giving out fr...
t-shirts, Awesome Merchandise, events
/ Featured / Tools & Tips

Make your event Awesome!

Heading out to an expo? Hosting a product launch in-stor...
/ Featured

Case Study – Working with Topshelf Records

Based out of sunny San Diego, Topshelf Records are an indepe...
the cribs, Awesome Merchandise, Awesome Distro
/ Featured

Case Study – Working with The Cribs

After getting out of their merch deal in 2016, The Cribs nee...
screen print, print, Awesome Merchandise
/ Featured / Tools & Tips

Screen print focus – Printing methods

Depending on your design and how you would like the finished...
/ Featured / Spotlight

Foiled Art Print Inspiration

When word spread around Awesome HQ that we were launching fo...
Awesome Merchandise, Screen print
/ Featured / Spotlight / Tools & Tips

Screen print focus – Print Position

When designing a custom t-shirt, hoodie or jumper, it’s im...
Awesome Merchandise, Ink options
/ Featured / Spotlight / Tools & Tips

Screen print focus – ink options

So, you've decided to print something awesome but you're stu...
Tattoos For Your Enemies, Awesome Merchandise, Jack Watts, Foil, Art Prints
/ Featured / Interviews

Awesome Merchandise Meets Jack Watts

We invited Jack Watts aka Tattoos For Your Enemies to Awesom...
Print, Awesome Merchandise
/ Featured / Spotlight

Print Your Awesome – Create a page-turner

A zine about jeans, a carnival-themed colouring book or a br...
foil art prints, Awesome merchandise
/ Featured / New product

New product! Foiled art prints

  We’re super excited to launch our custom foiled ...
Tattoos For Your Enemies, Awesome Merchandise, Jack Watts
/ Featured / Interviews / Tools & Tips

Top merch tips for tattoo artists

We invited tattooist Jack Watts, better known as Tattoos For...
Gavin Strange, Awesome Merchandise, Birmingham Design Festival
/ Featured / Interviews

Awesome Merchandise meets Gavin Strange

Gavin Strange is a director and designer by day, working for...