Printwear

January '19

For the Business of Apparel Decorating

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2 0 P R I N T W E A R J A N U A R Y 2 0 1 9 2 0 P R I N T W E A R J A N U A R Y 2 0 1 9 SCREEN PRINTING From Software to Substrate out of other plates. Actual photos were used for true to nature flowers and greenery in tropical splendor. A few well-placed vines helped pull down some of the green for life. The white printer was intricate as there were so many ranges of color and contrasts. The hibiscus flower had some great highs and lows in values allowing the black of the shirt to help the tones of the multiple ink colors. The palm leaves had bright tips that recede towards the stem thus giving the tips a pop. The woodgrain had areas of missing base ink to help the grain contrasts and gave the illusion of real wood. We tackled every design element with a method of transition- ing the halftones on the base from light to shadow. It really gave depth to the print. We incorporated a technique of two different white printers. A soft plate with some re- duction to the ink muted the base for subtle and darker transitions, followed by a wet, hard base for the bright spots in the illustra- tion. The two were used in combination to develop the highs and lows precisely. The elephant texture plate was ap- proached with consideration to the feel we were trying to get. It needed to have the touch of what the skin of an elephant might feel like. This area was broken up in strips 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 1) The design started as a pencil sketch. 2) The visible elephant skin was broken up in strips with limited spots in order to be most effective. 3) The skin needed to look textured like a real elephant. 4) We tried to keep the details of the hula dancer reflection in Elton's glasses to a minimum. 5) The woodgrain had areas of missing base ink to help the grain contrasts and gave the illusion of real wood. 6) The white printer was intricate as there were so many ranges of color and contrasts. The hibiscus flower had some great highs and lows in values allowing the black of the shirt to help the tones of the multiple ink colors. 7) We tackled ev- ery design element with a method of transitioning the halftones on the base from light to shadow to give depth to the print. 8) The final result was full of textures and bold, contrasting colors. 8

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