May '19

For the Business of Apparel Decorating

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1 6 P R I N T W E A R M A Y 2 0 1 9 From Software to Substrate Lo n W i n t e r s 1 6 P R I N T W E A R M A Y 2 0 1 9 SCREEN PRINTING I t's super to attend a trade show like THE NBM SHOW and see designs printing in real time to get a hands-on experi- ence. It's like magic. But, much as Iron Man is prepared for every challenge, so are we. We never know what press we may be up against but in brightest day, blackest night, no printing technique shall escape our sight, beware our power... Graphic El- ephants might! We just made that up. Just kidding. We might be stealing some of Green Lantern's oath, but it applies to this month's spectacular column! SMASHING THROUGH THE SCREEN Our client wanted to ride the current trend of the superhero phenomenon and have us create a hero of their own to symbolize their strength in the industry, so to speak. We would need to create our own superhero with an incredible physique, a square jaw, that perfect smile, and the ability to leap tall buildings. And we mustn't forget a cape! Since many comics are still hand drawn and inked manually, what better way for us to handle this project as well? The black line practically gave us a perfect template in Illustrator. It fenced off everything and al- lowed for quick coloring. This also helped the separation process. We used the Pen Tool to create the path work for the objects and then colored them accordingly. It gave us a clean look and sharp edges. Perfect for this art style. We would be printing on an eight-color press, thus limiting our ink colors. Several print heads were reserved for the white printer, a flash, a smoothing station, and a highlight white. We chose to use the primary colors yellow, red, and blue to create bold colors as well as the addition of a flesh. For highlights and shadows, we Here I Am to Save the Day!

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