Pantone Matching, Stock Ink Colours, and Special Effect inks.

Nearly 40 Stock Ink Colours available, at no extra cost.

Choose a custom Pantone mix for only $35 per colour.

Add Special Effects with Metallic and Glitter Inks.

Consult the Colour Communication FAQ for more resources.

Stock Ink Colours

Use the chart below to choose a stock ink colour for your project.

Stock ink colours are not based on Pantone swatches. This Pantone and Hex information is based on the nearest optical match to the ink swatch.

Pantone 115C – Hex #FFDD35

Pantone Yellow C – Hex #FFE800

Pantone 123C – Hex #FFE700

Pantone 1235C – Hex #FFB838

Pantone 619C – Hex #9B8D39

Pantone 171C – Hex #FF674D

Pantone 172C – Hex #FA4616

Pantone 1797C – Hex #CB333B

Pantone 199C – Hex #D50032

Pantone 193C – Hex #BF0D3E

Pantone 1797C – Hex #FA4616

Pantone 200C – Hex #BA0C2F

Pantone 185C – Hex #E4002B

Pantone 195C – Hex #782F40

Pantone 7635C – Hex #C63663

Pantone 212C – Hex #F04E98

Pantone 2046C – Hex #CF578A

Pantone Violet C – Hex #440099

Pantone 2765C – Hex #201547

Pantone 539C – Hex #00263A

Pantone 288C – Hex #002D72

Pantone 287C – Hex #003087

Pantone 7684C – Hex #336699

Pantone 2191C – Hex #00A3E1

Pantone 2387C – Hex #0762C8

Pantone 2398C – Hex #00BAB3

Pantone 7736C – Hex #395542

Pantone 350C – Hex #2C5234

Pantone 347C – Hex #009A44

Pantone 7506C – Hex #EFDBB2

Pantone 4705C – Hex #7C4D3A

Pantone 462C – Hex #5C462B

Pantone Cool Gray 5C – Hex #CCC

Pantone Cool Gray 9C – Hex #999

White – Hex #FFFFFF

Black – Hex #000000

Custom Pantone Colours

Use the Pantone Mixing System to choose a specific colour for your project.

Inks can be mixed to closely simulate swatches from the Pantone Matching System. We keep a copy of both the Solid Coated and Solid Uncoated guides in our studio.

 

Once printed, the main type of inks we use are similar swatches from the Solid Coated book. The inks are slightly glossy and reflect a bit of light, so it’s not possible to simulate Solid Uncoated swatches with our current ink process.

 

Both the Solid Coated and Solid Uncoated books contain inks printed onto paper. Screen printed inks applied to textiles behave a little bit differently due to difference in the ink and the texture of the garment, so it’s important to note that it’s not possible to perfectly match a Pantone Swatch, only to closely simulate it with the different ink type. There are optical differences due to the variables between ink and garment.

 

Ask your Account Executive for more details when exact colour accuracy is a concern!

Special Effects

Add a shimmer effect to your design with Glitter Inks

Glitter Inks are great for adding a shimmer effect to your design. Designs with strong bold details and strong lines are recommended. Due to limitations with the ink some smaller details and thinner lines cannot be achieved.

 

Glitter Inks are not as long lasting as traditional inks. The glitter shines because it is raised off the print and can reflect light, but this means that the raised glitter is prone to shedding from heavy wear and friction in the wash.

 

Ask your Account Executive for more details.

Add a raised 3D effect to your design with Puff Inks

Puff Inks are perfect for adding a 3d effect to your design. Designs with strong bold details and strong lines are recommended. Due to limitations with the ink some smaller details and thinner lines cannot be achieved.

Puff Inks are not as long lasting as traditional inks. The raised print can be more prone to eventual cracking than a thin layer of ink.

 

Ask your Account Executive for more details.

F.A.Q.

Frequently Asked Questions

about Colour Communication

Colour Communication

Our eyes can see a wide variety of colours, but not all of those colours can be printed. There are many compromises happening with colour when our eyes are viewing colours represented on an RGB display like our phones, or a CMYK printout on a billboard, or a swatch in a Pantone Colour Guide, or a spot-colour Screen Printed on a t-shirt.

Use our Colour Gamut Comparison to get an idea of the range of colours that can be seen by our eyes, versus displayed on a screen, mixed with the Pantone System, or with CMYK inks.

 

DTG is great for smaller quantities; since it’s a lot like a home paper printer there is very little setup involved. Load up a shirt, and hit ‘print’. We always recommend the DTG process for small quantities when quality and garment choice are not as big of a concern as price or speed.

Screen printing requires a bit of set-up, but the process allows for a wider variety of inks, both in terms of colour variety and material. Bright and accurate colours make every design stand out, where-as some processes can leave your logo/design looking like an iron-on from a cereal box.

 

Pretty much every dot of ink from a DTG printer is made from a mix of Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, and Black (CMYK) inks. When being Screen Printed, each colour is pre-mixed and printed directly onto the garment.

 

Why does this matter? DTG inks need to be thin enough to spray through the tiny heads of the printer, the inks can’t be as opaque or bright. Since DTG printers use a mix of CMYK inks, they are limited to the colours that CMYK can mix – which is a far narrower spectrum than our eyes can see, or that can be achieved with Pantone colours. Using fluorescent pigments lets Screen Printers nudge colours to be even brighter than the Pantone spectrum, too.

 

While DTG printers use waterbased inks, it’s important to note that waterbased inks are not exclusive to the digital process. Screen Printing with waterbased inks yields the same advantages as DTG printing with softer prints, but Screen Printing inks are more opaque with brighter pigments, and better colour accuracy and wider range of colour than inks for digital printers.

 

When a colour is critical, the best way to communicate it is with the Pantone Colour Books. The books allow you to be confident that the swatch you’re looking at in your book is the same as the swatch in your printers’ book.

Pantone colours can be simulated on a computer or mobile device, but for true communication accuracy the best bet it to choose from a physical Pantone Book.

Here are some suggestions if you don’t own a Pantone Book:

  • Contact a local design studio and ask if you can visit to choose a colour.
  • Visit your nearest print shop (including ours) and ask if you can have a look through their book to choose a colour.
  • Ask any designer or artist in your social network if they may have access to a Book.

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