A Tip For Glitter Inks

nba all star tees

The glitter inks on these UNK NBA all-star tees holds a little secret…but it’s not in the glitter itself.

Glitter inks on NBA all-star tees

Glitter inks on NBA all-star tees

Glitter inks can be overused in my opinion but I like the way UNK utilized it in these two NBA All Star tees for Kobe Bryant and Lebron James. There’s not a lot of it and it suits the occasion.

These are both simple spot color seps done in Illustrator but there’s a little more to these than the blurry picture lets on. There’s glitter around the names but the beauty is in the base beneath it.

My Secret For Glitter Inks

I always lay down a 20% base underneath it to help the glitter pop more. I’ve had plenty of printers look at me like I’m nuts until they tried it themselves. If you think I’m crazy too, keep reading.

Picture the dot from a 20% base laid down underneath the glitter using a 110 mesh screen at 45 lpi. The spaces in between the dots fall out to the tee while the parts printed on top of the dots jump up.

This amplifies the effect of the ink itself, which almost doesn’t need a base because it’s so opaque.

If you think I’m crazy too, try it for yourself and compare it to a print with no base (or 100% base) printed underneath. Trust me, it’s a slam dunk! This method works with shimmers as well.

To Recap:

  1. Print a 20% base underneath – 110 mesh, 45lpi
  2. Print the glitter on top – 25-40 mesh, lpi is irrelevant

So, what do you think? Are you up for trying something new? Print one up for yourselves and let me know how it came out in the comments section below.

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