What is halftone printing?

You probably see examples of halftone printing every morning when you flip through the newspaper - they're those tiny dots you see when you look closely at a black and white newspaper photo. Screen printers use halftones to render shades (or tones) of color with just one ink color (using black ink to create grey tones, for example), which results in the gradient effect that's so essential to photograph printing and certain graphics.

The quality of a halftone image will vary depending on certain factors. Some images may look just like the original photograph to the naked eye, while others may have a distinct grain to them. In either case, a halftone printing is an efficient and affordable way to mimic shading and gradients in your artwork.

If you wish to have your artwork printed using halftones, please provide CustomInk with a high-resolution image (at least 200 DPI at print size). Before we print your artwork, we'll email you a picture proof showing a digital representation of your final design for your approval.

See the example below to better understand how your monotone upload will look in the Lab and how it will look when printed.

  1. Uploaded monotone image should be provided at high resolution (200dpi or more) at the desired print size.

  2. Your image should look as expected when uploaded and is a digital representation of your final print.

  3. Notice in the printed shirt that at a distance your image will look just like it did in the Lab but when you look closer you will notice the tiny halftone dots that are used to create different shades of color.