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I want to create designs for silkscreen printing

Posted: Wed May 24, 2006 2:48 am
by rhondalea
I work on my mac and have CS2. I need to learn how to take a photo and turn it into a design for silk screen prints. I have visited and need to learn to do that type of work. I have searched the web for tutorials, have checked with friends and teachers, and have gotten nowhere. Is there anyone who can give me detailed instructions or perhaps a site with tutorials to go to? I need DETAILED instructions because I am fairly new to PS, however, I do understand quite a bit of the terms (except channels). Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you very much!!! :D


Posted: Wed May 31, 2006 11:18 pm
by grahicsgoddess
According to the Adobe "Proxy" magazine, you should be able to take a JPG file in to Illustrator CS2 and have it create vector art. Then you can color it, add filters, etc. I am only running Illustrator 10, and can't do it, but you should be able to.

Color Seps for Screenprinting using Photoshop

Posted: Thu Jun 01, 2006 1:59 am
by ntoothman
You are not clear whether you want to do color seps from continuous tone photos, paintings or simply spot color art. I was Creative Director for a number of years for an ad specialties company with an on-site screen printing department [tee shirts, etc] and part of my job was doing color seps. There are different ways to approach color separating. If you have solid blocks of spot color, I suggest you simply create spot colors in the channels palette, save as a DCS file and then output each channel separately [with reg marks of course] for as many different color screens as you need. You can also import and print these files from Freehand [my preference] or Illustrator. Separating complex color bitmaps is more difficult. You can use a modified 4-color process, again using spot color channels or you can purchase a software plugin for professionals and these are usually as pricey as Photoshop itself. Sending your work out to a professional color separator might cost $400-$500 for a six-color job.
I kind of need more information to be more specific. But as I mentioned already, you can use a modified 4-color process is a free work-around. I just purchased CS2 myself and I haven't used it enough to know if complex color seps for screenprinting are built-in but I sort of doubt it.
Nancy Toothman [Conk Point Graphix]

creating a screen print design

Posted: Thu Jun 01, 2006 4:29 pm
by rhondalea
Nancy, Thank you so much for replying. I appreciate your help. Let me try to explain a little better what it is that I need help with. I have an opportunity to create designs for a screen printer. However, I do not know how to do it. I know that he will RIP them for me so I do not have to worry about that. I am waiting for a response from him right now to see how the sample turned out that I did in Illustrator. My confusion is HOW do I get started and WHAT do I need to know to make the design correctly? How: Do I have to draw each portion of a picture as a closed path so that I can then fill it with a color? Can I use gradients? How do I draw in "shapes" and get a realistic look? What: Do I need to create in Illustrator or Photoshop? He mentioned starting in IL and continuing in PS, however, he is not a designer and doesn't know much more than that. He also mentioned making channels in PS but I have not worked that much in the area of channels so I am just lost. I am a non-traditional commercial art grad (49 yrs old and graduated this month!) and have not had that much education in PS. And my teacher has no knowledge how to go about creating designs for screen printing. I am just lost, Nancy! I need to make some money and have so many possibilities but am becoming so overwhelmed and beginning to feel hopeless. Any help you can give me would be greatly appreciated. If you want to contact me via my email, you can do that, also. You can reach me at Thanks so much!!! Rhonda