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How to make a T-shirt Custom glow in the dark 2023?

10-Jan-2023- 5 min read

Style sometimes calls for different looks and coming up with a distinct undertone in your outfits and accessories. Different people use different methods such as choosing eye-catching color schemes or wearing glow-in-the-dark clothing to impress colleagues. If you feel like shining your shirt in the dark, don't worry about it because it's an easy process and won't require much time or effort.

How does glow-in-the-dark work?

Glow-in-the-dark ink is one of several photoluminescent products. You`ve probably seen lots of these products withinside the path of your life. Both twinkling stars and glow sticks are photoluminescent products.

These glow-in-the-dark products get their glow from phosphors. Strontium aluminate or zinc sulfide are often used in glow inks because they last longer.

When you leave something that glows in the dark in the light. So its phosphor molecules get excited. Again, in the dark, the molecules release their energy, and they glow.

T-shirts using glow-in-the-dark ink or HTV should be exposed to light to "charge" before using in the dark. Depending on the phosphors used in the ink, the T-shirt can glow anywhere from ten minutes to twelve hours.

Note that inks using zinc sulfide will lose their luster before inks using strontium aluminate.

Ideas for T-shirt ideas for glow in the dark 

Before creating your go-in-the-dark design, be aware that you may need to use an under based on a black or dark-colored t-shirt. The under base is a layer of white or light-colored ink for glow-in-the-dark ink.

If you decide not to use an under-the-base, you should know that glow-in-the-dark ink is unlikely to show up on a t-shirt. Still, with glow-in-the-dark, HTV under bases are often unnecessary. The first way you can design your shirt is to make the entire design white. Once you have completed the white base that will be visible in regular light. So you can go for a redesign in glow-in-the-dark ink. Your final design will change from white to glowing green as you move in and out of the light.

Another design idea is similar to the first. Design in white. Once finished go back with glitter ink and outline and highlight the design.

When you switch from light to dark it will make a noticeable difference in the design. One unique design that we don't often see on glow-in-the-dark t-shirts is hidden images. Start by drawing a picture in white ink and mask over the top with a similar, possibly spooky, glittery ink.

Once in the dark, your printed image will appear through the white ink to surprise you with its glowing ability.

The next design idea might be a bit complicated but worth it when screen printing. Create a design for you under the base that is simple and can be built later. With glow-in-the-dark ink, redo the entire design.

Tips for Glow in the Dark T-shirts

One of the best tips for making glow-in-the-dark t-shirts is to make sure you're using quality products. A well-made t-shirt plus good quality ink or HTV goes a long way to creating a pretty professional-looking final product.

Following are some tips for screen printing with glow-in-the-dark ink.

  • Use eighty mesh count screens.
  • The more ink you can use, the better the brightness.
  • Colored ink will reduce the effect of glare.
  • White ink will have the most contrast on black t-shirts.

Of the two methods, screen printing can be the most difficult if one has little practice. Take your time, and make sure your t-shirt looks exactly how you want it to.

This list includes some tips for making a t-shirt that shines with HTV.

  • Check your transfer carefully before applying.
  • Preheat your t-shirt to remove moisture and wrinkles.
  • Peel off the provider sheet while it`s although warm.
  • Use t-shirts that are polyester, cotton, or a poly/cotton blend.


These t-shirts can look great when done right. Use these tips to create the best version of your flashy t-shirt possible.


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