Ink Color Chart – Equivalent Pantone Colors

This page is a work in progress. When we first developed FastFilms back in 1999, we mainly used Union Ink as our test ink. We were very close back then to the owners and they provided ink for our classes. We had a lot of Union Ink on the shelves.

But, over the years companies and ink colors and their names have changed and we have customers using T-Seps and FastFilms using all the major and minor brands. The T-Seps 2.0 manual has a Reference Card showing the popular routines and the Pantone ink colors that T-Seps calls out. We have not done a Reference Card yet for T-Seps 3.0 but we will do one shortly.

This page is our first attempt in many years to put a brand/ink name to the various colors T-Seps uses for stock routines. Keep in mind that this is not an exact science. We may call for a Pantone 102 yellow but your design might have a Pantone 108 (a little golder) specified. T-Seps will find all the channel/separation information for the yellow and you simply change to the proper ink color.

We get asked a lot if users need to buy an ink mixing system. If you stay with the stock colors in the program you can generally not do that. But, in the real world of screen printing every job is different and there is often a logo or graphic that you have to match. We highly recommend an ink system. Just don’t forget that T-Seps is designed to use GENERAL PURPOSE ink for the colors on light and dark shirts (for plastisol). This means NOT an opaque ink. We recommend using a good HIGH OPACITY (not low bleed) ink for your underbase on dark shirts. It is the top colors that need to be general purpose.

Here is our “work in progress” chart. If you are using T-Seps with a brand listed or not and if you have already done this type of chart please let us know so we can possibly include it here.

Simulated Process Color Ink Set
Standard 9-Color Plus 2 White Union Ink Pantone Poly One Pantone
Print order – Ink Color – Mesh Count – Color Name Mesh Counts Color Name Number Color Name Number
1. High Opacity White 180-230 (70-90cm) Cotton White
2. Lemon Yellow – Pantone 102 280-355 (110-140cm) Primrose Yellow 107
3. Pink – Pantone 219 280-355 (110-140cm) Neon Pink 806
4. Light Blue – Pantone 306 280-355 (110-140cm) Brite Blue 2925
5. Green – Pantone 361 280-355 (110-140cm) Lime Green  361
6. Gray – Pantone 421 280-355 (110-140cm) Grey 423
7. Scarlet Red – Pantone 185 280-355 (110-140cm) Scarlet Red 185
8. Blue – Pantone 286 280-355 (110-140cm) Mono Blue 2945
9. Brown – Pantone 167 280-355 (110-140cm) Sienna Brown 469
10. Highlight White – all purpose or high opacity 180-230 (70-90cm)
11. Black 280-355 (110-140cm)
Standard 5-Color Plus 2 White
Print order – Ink Color Mesh Counts
1. High Opacity White 180-230 (70-90cm)
2. Lemon Yellow – Pantone 102 280-355 (110-140cm)
3. Light Blue – Pantone 306 280-355 (110-140cm)
4. Scarlet Red – Pantone 185 280-355 (110-140cm)
5. Blue – Pantone 286 280-355 (110-140cm)
6. Highlight White – all purpose 180-230 (70-90cm)
7. Black 280-355 (110-140cm)
Discharge 9-Color Plus 2 White
Print order – Ink Color Mesh Counts
1. High Opacity White 180-230 (70-90cm)
2. Lemon Yellow – Pantone 102 280-355 (110-140cm)
3. Pink – Pantone 219 280-355 (110-140cm)
4. Light Blue – Pantone 306 280-355 (110-140cm)
5. Green – Pantone 361 280-355 (110-140cm)
6. Gray – Pantone 421 280-355 (110-140cm)
7. Scarlet Red – Pantone 185 280-355 (110-140cm)
8. Blue – Pantone 286 280-355 (110-140cm)
9. Brown – Pantone 167 280-355 (110-140cm)
12. Black 280-355 (110-140cm)
Discharge 5-Color Plus 2 White
Print order – Ink Color Mesh Counts
1. High Opacity White 180-230 (70-90cm)
2. Lemon Yellow – Pantone 102 280-355 (110-140cm)
3. Light Blue – Pantone 306 280-355 (110-140cm)
4. Scarlet Red – Pantone 185 280-355 (110-140cm)
5. Blue – Pantone 286 280-355 (110-140cm)
6. Highlight White – all purpose 180-230 (70-90cm)
7. Black 280-355 (110-140cm)
Hot Split Heat Transfer 9-Color Plus 2 White
Print order – Ink Color Mesh Counts*
1. High Opacity White 180-230 (70-90cm)
2. Lemon Yellow – Pantone 102 280-355 (110-140cm)
3. Pink – Pantone 219 280-355 (110-140cm)
4. Light Blue – Pantone 306 280-355 (110-140cm)
5. Green – Pantone 361 280-355 (110-140cm)
6. Gray – Pantone 421 280-355 (110-140cm)
7. Scarlet Red – Pantone 185 280-355 (110-140cm)
8. Blue – Pantone 286 280-355 (110-140cm)
9. Brown – Pantone 167 280-355 (110-140cm)
10. Highlight White – all purpose 180-230 (70-90cm)
11. Black 280-355 (110-140cm)
11. Clear Coat
Water, Ocean, Boats 10-Color Plus 2 White – T-Seps 3.0 Only
Print order – Ink Color Mesh Counts
1. High Opacity White 180-230 (70-90cm)
2. Lemon Yellow – Pantone 102 280-355 (110-140cm)
3. Turquoise – Pantone 319 280-355 (110-140cm) Aqua Marine 320
4. Pink – Pantone 219 280-355 (110-140cm)
5. Light Blue – Pantone 306 280-355 (110-140cm)
6. Green – Pantone 361 280-355 (110-140cm)
7. Gray – Pantone 421 280-355 (110-140cm)
8. Scarlet Red – Pantone 185 280-355 (110-140cm)
9. Blue – Pantone 286 280-355 (110-140cm)
10. Brown – Pantone 167 280-355 (110-140cm)
11. Highlight White – all purpose 180-230 (70-90cm)
12. Black 280-355 (110-140cm)
Flames 10-Color Plus 2 White – T-Seps 3.0 Only
Print order – Ink Color Mesh Counts
1. High Opacity White 180-230 (70-90cm)
2. Lemon Yellow – Pantone 102 280-355 (110-140cm)
3. Pink – Pantone 219 280-355 (110-140cm)
4. Light Blue – Pantone 306 280-355 (110-140cm)
5. Green – Pantone 361 280-355 (110-140cm)
6. Gray – Pantone 421 280-355 (110-140cm)
7. Orange – Pantone 1374 280-355 (110-140cm) Orange 1655
8. Scarlet Red – Pantone 185 280-355 (110-140cm)
9. Blue – Pantone 286 280-355 (110-140cm)
10. Brown – Pantone 167 280-355 (110-140cm)
11. Highlight White – all purpose 180-230 (70-90cm)
12. Black 280-355 (110-140cm)
Fleshtones 15-Color Plus 2 White ** T-Seps 3.0 Only
Print order – Ink Color Mesh Counts
1. High Opacity White 180-230 (70-90cm)
2. Lemon Yellow – Pantone 102 280-355 (110-140cm)
3. Light Flesh – Pantone 7507 280-355 (110-140cm)
4. Medium Flesh – Pantone 472 280-355 (110-140cm)
5. Pink – Pantone 219 280-355 (110-140cm)
6. Light Blue – Pantone 306 280-355 (110-140cm)
7. Green – Pantone 361 280-355 (110-140cm)
8. Gray – Pantone 421 280-355 (110-140cm)
9. Orange – Pantone 1374 280-355 (110-140cm)
10. Scarlet Red – Pantone 185 280-355 (110-140cm)
11. Blue – Pantone 286 280-355 (110-140cm)
12. Dark Flesh – Pantone 7525 280-355 (110-140cm)
13. Brown – Pantone 167 280-355 (110-140cm)
14. Highlight White – all purpose 180-230 (70-90cm)
15. Black 280-355 (110-140cm)
** This is a lot of colors but you don’t need all of the fleshtones and may or may not need the brown. This routine gives you a lot of choices.
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