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A P P A R E L D E C O R A T I N G 5 2 G R A P H I C S P R O O C T O B E R 2 0 2 0 G R A P H I C S - P R O. C O M S O F T W A R E T O S U B S T R A T E We moved our type over to Adobe Photoshop to color it. The text was created with grayscale to identify contrasts in the areas where we want tonal ranges. Gradients were placed in both sections blending from yellow to orange. The Bevel and Emboss filters under the Layers menu gave us additional dimension. Rendering the pelican was done in a tradi- tional manner in a series of layers. We laid a base set of colors for the overall color theory and proceeded to add the finer details for a complete look. We had several layers apart from each other to adjust color selectively without disrupting other areas that were satisfactory. Some of the deeper colors like dark orange and dark lavender made up for the shadow re- cesses in the beak and feathers. All the tones were built on separate layers. The background required a little less atten- tion. As a secondary element, it would be cov- We used an outlined version with some grayscale components on screen-printed beach towels. We also digitized a simple version of the pelican for embroidery. Determining which dryer is best for your screen- printing business can be an easier task by answering a few questions. (Images courtesy of Vastex International, M&R Companies, and Lawson Screen and Digital Products Inc.) adequate results with some electric IR dry- ers, a gas-fired convection (hot air) dryer is a better choice because it features increased air flow to help with evaporation of water-based inks. Also, ask your ink supplier for the curing specifications for your inks. This information is essential to know when making an educated decision on the best dryer.

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