Tonal printing, a recent popular print style, which we’d like to think is a phrase that we've coined in the screen printing industry, uses water based ink to achieve a hue somewhat lighter (Tonal Light) or somewhat darker (Tonal Dark) than the color of the garment. It creates a very subtle print, so if you’re looking for an out of the box printing style with a vintage edge, tonal light or tonal dark is the way to go.
Turnaround: No additional time
Tonal light: Prints a hue or two lighter in color from the shirt color itself.
Tonal Dark: Prints a hue or two darker in color from the shirt color itself.
Good colors to print on: Tonal dark only works well on dark colored shirts. If you want a tonal dark color look on a lighter shirt, then you can either choose from one of our free stock colors or pay an additional charge for a Pantone match.
Example: Using tonal dark on a pink shirt to get a magenta doesn’t work. In this case, we recommend using a stock magenta or choosing another Pantone color.
Best Fabric to use: Although, we really like the look on blends, tonal printing will work on any shirt (100% cottons, 50/50 blends, tri-blends, etc.). The heathered aspect of blends plus the tonal ink lends a cool, vintage and washed look on a range of shirts and colors. What’s awesome about tonal printing is that you can use it on any shirt color.
Pricing: No additional charge unless there is a pantone match ($20/per color)