What are my options if I would like to print a full-color image on a t-shirt?
There are two main printing options when screen printing full-color artwork on apparel: Full-color process or CMYK and Simulated Process printing.
CMYK (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Key)
CMYK is a widely used technique to replicate full-color images on light colored backgrounds. The full-color process originated to accurately reproduce artwork on white paper. Once the textile and t-shirt screen printing companies got word of this process, the experimenting began!
The inks are semitransparent and look best on white apparel or very light colors. The transparency in the inks allows the colors to overlap and create a large variety of colors similar to how your printed at home prints on paper. However, the steps needed to reproduce a full-color screen printed t-shirt are very detailed.