We are your Screen Printer pt 1.

Posted on by Matt

Silkscreen printing is best appreciated as an art of volume production, producing each piece inherently different from the next in the most subtle way. From the soft coat of acrylic on some 100lb cover paper, to the sunk in, vintage look of a discharge print on a black shirt. Each one, the same, but just a tiny bit, not. 

The weave of the thread in the fabric plays just as much an effect on the final product as a ball of lint or a clumped thread stuck to the platten under the t-shirt.

There are, however, a few solid constants to keep in mind when deciding how you want to go about screen printing your garment or poster.. Darks should stay dark, and lights should stay light.

By this, I mean, if you draw black outlines around a piece of art, let them remain darker than the lighter tones used. If you don't, you'll end up with an X-ray kind of effect.. wanna see how? Find a picture of some tattoo flash, bring it in to photoshop, and invert the colors.. Bleh. No bueno.

These are just a few of many considerations when prepping art for printing. Stay tuned for part 2 for discussions of color..