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Choosing Pantone Ink Colors for Custom Safety Apparel

We know that when it comes to your budget and your brand, both are equally as important. That’s why we created this guide to help you decide on the right Pantone colors for your company. Whether you are looking to print on safety green or safety orange, you need to know your colors will show up the way you intended.

Here are some suggestions when selecting ink colors for printing on your safety shirts, sweatshirts and vests:

  • Black is by far the most popular color we use for ink. Over 90% of the orders we receive for printing on safety green or safety orange apparel feature requests for black ink.
  • White ink looks good on safety orange, but without a dark outline around the border of the image and wording, it will not appear very strong or striking on safety green.  In fact, many people will see an orchid-colored cast in the white ink due to the vibrancy of the safety green fabric.
  • Due to the vibrancy of safety shirt colors, many inks will appear much darker on these fabrics.  For this reason, we suggest bright royal ink rather than royal, light navy rather than navy, burgundy rather than maroon, and dark green rather than forest ink.  Forest, maroon and navy inks almost appear black against our safety orange and safety green shirt and vest colors.

We can provide close matches to custom PMS colors, and we also offer dozens of other off-the-shelf colors such as fluorescent options. Below are just some of the stock colors that we frequently use.  Keep in mind that a computer monitor’s rendition of color can vary greatly from monitor to monitor. Ultimately, if you still have questions before you place your order we suggest you contact us. We are happy to help you make the best choices for your screen printed safety shirts and apparel.

PANTONE 485

Bright Red

PANTONE 202

Cardinal

PANTONE 209

Burgundy

PANTONE 229

Maroon *

PANTONE 1665

Bright Orange

PANTONE 2627

Purple

PANTONE 348

Dallas Green

PANTONE 349

Kelly Green

PANTONE 350

Dark Green

PANTONE 3302

Forest Green *

PANTONE 109

Lemon Yellow

PANTONE 123

Yellow Gold

PANTONE 2995

Light Blue

PANTONE 660

Bright Royal

PANTONE 2945

Royal

PANTONE 281

Light Navy

PANTONE 289

Navy *

PANTONE 388

Orbit Green

PANTONE 427

Light Grey

PANTONE 429

Medium Grey

PANTONE 425

Dark Grey

PANTONE 445

Charcoal Grey

*  These colors print very dark and typically we do not use them.

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