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A printing method that uses a fine mesh and blocking stencils to allow ink to seep through in certain areas. Also called silkscreen, serigraphy, and serigraph printing.

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Better way to handle colors for printing

I am paper bag manufacturer, on daily basis we are dealing with graphic designers and printing operators. Often I am receiving orders for 2-color or 3-color printing. I conveyed the same message to ...
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What are the 6 primary colors?

I'm working on a design and in the rules it says this: When designing/prepping final files, please be aware that there is a 6 color limitation on secondary and a 6 color limit on primary. Please ...
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What process for applying graphics to painted plastic or metal surfaces?

I'm working on a project where I need to apply graphics to both painted plastic and metal surfaces that will be outdoors and have UV exposure. These surfaces will experience moderate wear and tear ...
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Watercolor Art Work Prepared for Screen Printing on Fabric [duplicate]

Can watercolor artwork be printed on fabric, noting that the fabric is white? if yes how can it be prepared and if not what options do i have? Thank you
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What are the most important criteria to consider when purchasing a screen printing table for a home business? [closed]

I would like to purchase a screen printing table for my wife’s textile printing business. It would be great if the table could print textiles as large as 2’x2’. What are the most important things I ...
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Screen Printing Color Seperation

I really don't understand these color separation channels for screen printing Here are all Channels. You can see RGB and I dont understand what they are channels 2-305-process ?
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Can you fill a shape in .dxf format?

I hired a guy to do a layout for a printed circuit board design and I'm trying to get my graphic printed on the board's silkscreen. The designer tells me that he needs in in .dxf format. I found a ...
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Use of illustrations of tv shows etc. in my tshirts [closed]

I have started a t-shirt company. Can i use illustrations of tv shows and movies freely on my t-shirts?
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Screen Printing Gradients on Fabric

I'm creating t-shirts with designs printed on them (which have gradient colors). Can screen printing be used for this? Our printer uses a DTG printer, but it's too slow & expensive.
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Formatting Design For Screen Printing

I'm launching a clothing company soon, and I have a design in illustrator that I must send to my screen printer. I am mainly an artist, so I drew the design. But I feel like the file is very sloppily ...
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What kind of printmaking produces a faded result like a stamp?

What kind of printmaking produces results like this? It looks almost like a stamp. Another print with similar aesthetics is here, especially pay attention how the lower end fades out.
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Prepping graphics to make silk screen for pottery

First time posting here. Lovely to meet you all! I'm wanting to learn how to take a graphic I find online, say of a comic character, and do whatever I need to do to it to end up with a single colour ...
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Printing on small sheets of polypropylene

I'm looking to print on sheets of Polypropylene (PP) (the size of a playing card). It would be to put custom designs on PP sleeves, that look like this: I've considered some options, like screen ...
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How to prepare RGB image for silk-screen printing

I have an image in RGB which I would like to silk-screen on a t-shirt. I want to prepare the file so that the result is as close as possible to the original image. I could simply convert the image ...
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Using a laser engraver to prepare screen printing mesh?

I am curious to know if any screen printers have tried using a CNC laser engraving machine to fuse the screen mesh together with heat in areas where it should be blocked out, instead of the typical ...
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Why does screen captures get a better quality than saving (EPS to JPEG)

I have EPS files containing photographs that I can’t open in Isodraw for an unknown reason. I’m converting them to JPEG (with Irfanview, quality 100) and experience a significant loss of quality ...
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Does on-disc artwork printing and finishing use a special coating?

When professional packaging printers print artwork onto the surface of optical disc media using the likes of a UV Digital offset disc printer, Do the printers then apply any kind of special coating / ...
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Screen printing T shirts

I am designing a shirt logo. I have extensive experience with screen printing on paper, but I am unsure about a few things for shirts. Can I print a highlight colour over a darker previously printed ...
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What printers or methods are used to apply a matte lamination finish to the blank surface of an optical disc?

I am a print design hobbyist and I have been trying to learn about how I can print my designs onto the surface of blank optical discs with a professional matte lamination finished style. (As shown in ...
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How to print or transfer onto mugs?

PLEASE HELP knowledgeable people :) I am wondering what the process is in applying a design to the surface of a mug. I want to experiment with patterns and text and create something that looks modern ...
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Color Separation Layer Problem

I'm designing an image for a clothing company and this is my first art gig job ever since I graduated from my uni in May, and well I don't have any experience in getting an image print ready for ...
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Number of colors in screen print

When an artist is selling a screen print and it says it's a '9 color screen print' what does that mean exactly? For example this: http://tragicsunshine.com/art_prints/mulholland-drive 24" x 36" 9 ...
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Screen printing watercolors

Is it possible to screen print this logo on a colored t-shirt? The screen printer I am working with says we can do gradients on a colored shirt but it won't print consistently or well. She advises ...
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CMYK Color Separation for offset printing

Hello I would like to ask how to do CMYK color separation for offset printing? Is it the same for screen printing i.e. spot colors? What would be the optimal DPI, Frequency and angles? My mom sent ...
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Fine Art Printing: Inkjet Printing vs Screen Printing

I print fine art on coated-canvas using a professional inkjet printer. The images are very clear and detailed. I have very little experience screen printing, but I have read there are ~300 dpi screens....
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How can I simulate screen printing/offset colors in a non-destructive way

In screen printing or offset printing (or any other printing process that uses galzing colors) colors printed on top of each others mix together. This is similar to the multiply layer blend mode. ...
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Commercial alternative to vinyl for bumper stickers and wine/beer/food labels?

Not all self-adhesive stick well on bottles or car bumpers because the surface of the glass and shinny paint isn't very porous; the glue has no grip. It also needs to be resistant to some conditions ...
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Do I need a black stroke when saving white artwork for it to be able to print?

White vector graphic with black stroke, do I need this for printing? Otherwise artwork is white and artboard is white, any other ways to do this? This artwork will be silk screened on a T-Shirt using ...
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How to prepare a screen (for screen printing)

Pls how long does it take for emulsion applied on screen to dry up, so that one can start exposing an image on it? How dim should the room be when applying the photo-emulsion on fresh screen? How dim ...
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PCB Screen Printing Problem

I exposed the board under the sun at 2 pm for 12 min, it got slightly overexposed I think as washing the not exposed part was a bit struggling. But when I started to print through it for the first ...
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Can I scale illustrator files up when printing? [closed]

I'm a student in textile design but I do a lot of my work in photoshop and Illustrator for textiles. In my course we have a fabric printer, however everyone only prints their fabric in meters and not ...
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How can I predict how colors will mix when silkscreening?

I'm just starting in silkscreen printing and I would like to know if there are common ways to predict the final result of overlaying transparent inks on paper? Are there methods that could help me ...
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Branding Cars on Photoshop / Illustrator

Any idea on how to Design Printable stuff for different cars. I mean branding a complete car by designing stickers which are than pasted on a car. The main problem is that how can we get the ...
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White ink on black paper - how should I knockout a stroke around some text?

I am preparing artwork to be sent to a printer for the production of custom umbrellas. We want to print a logo on black fabric with 2-inks: white-spot and orange-spot (PMS 021) colours. The path in ...
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How should artwork be setup for T-shirt printing?

What does it mean to colour separate the artwork for T-Shirt printing? It is normally suggested to use Pantone colours for T-Shirt printing. Is it the Pantone Coated or the Pantone Uncoated? The ...
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T-Shirt design from an A4 drawing?

I'll try to keep this as simple as I can. I'm just about to pen over a sketch on A4 paper but my intention is to print it on a shirt about A3 size. It's also a design which doesn't look very well ...
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Can a client use my designs on products I do not provide?

I've developed several designs for military units over the past few years for one particular store on a military installation which is a not for profit entity. Most of the designs were developed for ...
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Is there a quick way to prep an illustrator file with tons of strokes and fills for screen printing

I needs to look like it looks here with three different pics for screen printing. Is there any way to do this quickly or do I have to do it manually?
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How to re-size images taken with Print Screen while keeping the original aspect ratio?

Say for instance I have pressed Print Screen and cut the following image: Now I wish to scale this down to about 338 width and 338 px height. However when I do this in Paint (I know, noob program) I ...
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How to recreate a Photoshop sketch in Illustrator

I have attached a quick unfinished sketch made in Photoshop that will be developed for digital and screen printing on fabric and paper. It's basically a mix of hatching and erasing in different ...
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How to prepare an image / graphic file to be printed or embroidered on clothing and garments?

I recently created some graphics with Adobe Illustrator, saved them as PDFs and sent them to a printing company for a quote for part embroidery, part screen print on clothing. The quote came back ...
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Simple Spot Color Separations for Screen Printing

Ok, I'm an Illustrator noob, but I've worked in screen printing. I made a design which is composed of an expanded Live Trace, a couple of rectangles with fills and strokes, and some text within said ...
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What are some important things to look out for when buying a used silkscreen press?

I've had my eye on Craigslist for a few months looking for a silkscreen press. I've only ever dealt with my own 1 color/1 station press which I purchased new, so I'm not especially well versed in what ...
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Photoshop (CS6) bitmap halftone pixelated

I want to create a halftone effect in Photoshop. The only output I'm getting is hard pixels and nothing like dots. I also tried lines, diamonds, etc. etc. and the output is always the same. It also ...
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What printing technique can I use to print a poster that is too vibrant to print using screen printing?

I've got a poster design that I wish to print. But provided that poster has multiple colors that won't go good for a screen print (further, I would like to restrict screen printing to t-shirts), is ...
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Is there a guide out there for printing and selling T-shirts?

I'm looking for some advice on printing and selling tshirts. Is there a tutorial somewhere out there for designers who have created a design and want to make and sell shirts? I know a couple of ...
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How do I determine exposure time for a silkscreen?

I'm trying to expose a silkscreen with photo-emulsion. I have an LED light (90 w) that is equivalent to a 450W - 500W incandescent light. The light is mounted 18" from the screen. I'm trying to ...
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Screenprinting sans power-washer setup?

(I'm not entirely sure this is Graphic Design worthy, but since screen printing is a favorite medium of graphic designers for posters and the like and is certainly one of the popular commercial ...
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Will 300 dpi (non-vector) result in blurry artwork for screen printing?

I created a .psd artwork on a t-shirt that has several "sponsor logos" on it sized at around 1x1inch each. I created the file at actual size with 300dpi. I then got an email back from the printer ...