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A P P A R E L D E C O R A T I N G 3 2 G R A P H I C S P R O F E B R U A R Y 2 0 2 1 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 a deep taper. This was perfect for a shadow to help contour the definition. The horse was the easiest element to create and was almost an entirely black silhouette. We added a slight reflection quality to some of the contours of the animal. Using a little blue ink under a tinted black gave us a blended darker blue. Additional texturing was added as an overlay on top to sim- ulate a vintage "worn over time" look. We used three different textures—two were fairly course and used in the graphic com- ponents and one with much softer tones laid over the entire de- sign. Since this design was going on a light-colored substrate, a white printer or base plate was not necessary. We did, however, add a highlight white. CREATING THE VIBE The client wanted a very soft hand to all the inks. The colors held up well. Too well. We had to cut them all 50% and more, with the blue and turquoise all the way up to 80%. This added transparency to the inks and contributed to the softness and show through. Once seps were completed, we outputted them on CTS at a 55 LPI frequency at 22.5 degrees. We used high meshes on everything starting at 230 and up to 380, all at 35 N/cm and 10% - 15% EOM using 75/90/75 triple-ply dual du- rometer squeegees. We pre-ironed on press for a smooth base and post ironed after flashing with a smoothing screen to matte down the fibers. Since the garments were long sleeve, we added a simple two- color type solution with the same print techniques. This finished out the whole vintage, retro, old school, tropical, beach, country- Hawaiian T-shirt. GP At 21 years old, LON WINTERS was the production manager for Ocean Pacific and started his 30+ year career reclaiming screens. He's the president and founder of Colorado-based Graphic Elephants, an international consulting firm and apparel decoration studio specializing in screen printing technical advances, plant design, layout, troubleshooting, productivity, quality analysis, and complete apparel decorat- ing solutions. Learn more at The finished vin- tage, retro, old school, tropical, beach, country- Hawaiian T-shirt.

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