Printwear

May '19

For the Business of Apparel Decorating

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1 8 P R I N T W E A R M A Y 2 0 1 9 1 8 P R I N T W E A R M A Y 2 0 1 9 SCREEN PRINTING From Software to Substrate created hard-edged breaks for recesses and additional shapes in the costume to provide ease in the selection of areas for painting the shadows. We moved the paths to Photoshop for the painting chores by selecting the paths in Illustrator, then simply copied and pasted, making sure the path was highlighted in the Palette, renaming the work path layer im- mediately for saving. Our hero would be busting through like a comic book cover, so we added some ripped edges for that dramatic entrance. We would also incorporate a pattern from the booth design, which became the background el- ement comprised of stripes at an angle to give a sense of movement. We also used those big clunky halftones common in the old comics. To add light and shadow to bring the character to life, we took advantage of the black garment to get additional values. The absorption of brightness from the black helped the base do most of the work for the pop and drama of the bright colors. We also removed some of the color from the red, yellow, and blue to give us even Top: The absorption of brightness from the black helped the base do most of the work for the pop and drama of the bright colors. Above left: The white printer almost becomes a grayscale illustration by it- self, albeit not as colorful. Above right: A 65/90/65 triple-ply dual durometer squeegee with a soft edge and hard backer did just the trick for a clean opaque white on the surface of the fabric. "With great power, comes great responsibility!" Top: 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. Above left: We chose to use the primary colors yellow, red, and blue to create bold colors as well as the addition of a flesh. Above right: To add light and shadow to bring the character to life, we took advantage of the black garment to get additional values.

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