Simulated Process Printing: This combines standard 4 color process printing with spot color printing. This may also be done by printing spot colors with halftone colors which combine to create the colors of the original image. Here we use spot colors to intensify the overall look of the printed shirt. This may also be done when 4 color process printing is unable to reproduce a color the customer wishes to be dominant on the final print. As many spot colors may be added as needed but limited additions are recommended. This process can actually be more expensive than process printing because it can require complex artwork and the addition of many screens. This is most often the process used to print complex images onto black colored garments. It can produce some excellent imagery but requires some experience in artwork creation. The feel of this print will depend on the artwork and the under base if printed on black shirts.
4-Color Process Or CMYK Printing: This is probably the most complex of the printing processes, although it may be done on a manual printing press, optimum and consistent results will be achieved better on a fully automatic press. Here we take a full color photograph or image and break it down into its four constituent colors; cyan, magenta, yellow and black. The printing process uses these four colors combined to recreate the full tonal and color range of the original image. Each color printer is a halftone of the opposite color in the original image.