Today we tackle another project for Redline Shirt Club. I always have a great time doing jobs for them. There is always a ton of colors in the design and I love figuring out how to condense these color down to 5 or 6. Unfortunately for us we don't currently have an 8 or 10 color press so we have always try to make it work using 6. It's tricky sometimes especially when you are trying to get a lot of shades out of 1 or 2 colors.
So let's get started. For this design I decided to separate the colors using Separation Studio. Personally I think sep studio is a great tool. A lot of people say they hate it for some reason, I think it's probably because they don't understand it. So in Sep Studio it will sep the colors up to 10-11 colors (Black and Brown) But in this case we will simply be using the Base, Black, Red, Blue, Gold and Green. Now this design here would have came out so nice if I would have been able to use the grey channel and make an orange color using the red channel. But we can only do 6 for now.
Once I separate the colors in sep studio it is now time to bring the channels into photoshop and make them haltones. I normaly use 45lpi and 22.5 for the angle with elliptical dots. Now full disclosure, I am not a pro separator but this has been the formula I have followed the past 8 years. I am always looking for advise so if you guys have better settings please share! I know doing the halftones in photoshop is a lot of work but I like doing them like this because I get to see a better preview of what I should expect on press.
For this design the only real changes I made after the seps was taking out the gradient inside the black channel. We want the green to pop a little more so having that black gradient back there will only make the green color darker. Now for the orange effect I simply just let sep studio do its thing! Which mainly means there will be about 100% red and 40-50% gold yellow starting from top to bottom. On press we may have to flash in between the red and yellow to keep the effect from smudging to much with the final screen.
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Luckily for us this job didn't give us any trouble. It printed exactly how we expected. Here is the print order and rotation.
We did this job in orbital mode to preserve the effect for the orange color. We could have done it in one rotation but the blend just looked cleaner once we flashed it and printed the last color with out any ink build up on it.
Over all I think it came out pretty good, what do you guys think? The photo doesn't really capture the colors, but they are nice and bright. I took some video footage of this job begin printed so I might make a quick video of it. Stay tuned.
So this blog thing is new to me, so any suggestions on what kind of topics and content you guys may be interested in reading about , please let me know. Colors Seps, Screen Printing business, Screen Prep ETC. I'm open to anything really just need ideas what to write about.
I have been in this industry since before social media was a thing and color separations were done manually. Yes we are talking about the 90's. Now , I was a kid still in the 90's but that is the time I learned this beautiful craft. Along the way I have grown to love it even more and hate it as well. But nonetheless I do enjoy the process very much and this blog is to document some of the daily jobs we do at my shop. I will take you through some of my easiest to more complex jobs that come through our shop.