Your distressed, aged designs look more authentic when printed with a lighter hand and more transparent inks. The result is a low contrast print with a bit of the shirt colour showing through.
5 Steps to Achieve a Vintage Look:
Soft-hand screen printing is a popular method for creating trendy, retail-looking vintage garments. The nostalgic effect makes it perfect for corporate anniversaries, throwback campaigns and company stores.
Use an Additive
For vintage soft-hand printing, Vintage Apparel mixes a soft-base additive to plastisol ink to lighten
Use Filters (Less Passes)
Applied to the artwork, the amount of ink that passes onto the garment is calibrated to create a distressed look for the art. Try additional filters to create different levels of a distressed finished look.
Skip the Underlay
Creating a weathered look to the design is easy because underlays aren’t needed for either light or dark garments. Colour matching isn’t an exact science, and you don’t need it to create a vintage look. A distressed art filter can be used with standard plastisol inks.
Use a Soft Garment
Soft tees are the best canvas. Because garment colours affect final print colours, adjust ink variations to account for art proofs during the approval process. Multiple colour setups may also be needed for orders with multiple garment colours.
Things to know:
Fabric: No restrictions
Cotton – high
Blends – high
Polyester – high
Recommended: Using a heathered shirt or thinner fabric.
The vintage look is designed to not be opaque and reveals values of the shirt in the ink. These are the characteristics that make its distinctive looks. This also means it will have less precise colour match accuracy than other print methods.