Shimmer, Metallic, Glitter: Ink That Stands Out!Rebecca Miller
March 10, 2020
We’re seeing so many graphics that shine in the market right now which means we receive frequent requests for them as well. We wanted to share some tips and useful details on selecting the right look for your graphics!
To get that eye-catching look, you have a couple of options: specialty inks or post press finishes such as foil or heat press. Each provides a unique finish or look.
Here are our specialty ink options:
Crystallina – This a sheer, specialty ink with clear, slightly goldish glitter and can printed over most colors of ink to add some sparkles.
Shimmer – A specialty ink with small bits of glitter throughout giving a consistent sparkly look and feel. We stock Shimmer inks in silver or gold.
Metallic – Looking for an edge, but no sparkle? Metallic ink is the way to go. A consistent look with a nice sheen but without the sparkle. We think this would be the perfect finish for superhero or space inspired tees!
Glitter – Less sheer than Crystallina but still best printed over a base color (often gold), this specialty ink has larger flecks of glitter than Shimmer for more sparkle, but less consistent coverage.
Here are some post press options:
- Foil – When we say foil we really mean foil! Best for a one-color, all foil graphic. An adhesive is “printed” on the garment in the shape of the final graphic. A piece of foil is then laid over the adhesive and cured with the heat press. Then the foil is pulled off revealing the finished, super shiny graphic.
- Heat Press – Plastisol inks naturally have a matte finish after curing in the dryer. If we apply heat to the graphic afterwards, the ink will change to a glossy finish. This is best for a large, simple graphic and looks really cool on tonal prints.
Keep in mind that any of these processes or inks have an upcharge over a standard print color or location. Each also has specific art guidelines for best results. Ask your sales rep for details!