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August '21

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G R A P H I C S - P R O. C O M 2 0 2 1 A U G U S T G R A P H I C S P R O 1 7 for screen printers, it gives us the power to maintain craftsmanship on a professional level. With Illustrator preset options for design elements, there are several brush strokes that we can apply to a path using the Brush pal- ette. We found the Brush palette under the window menu at the top of the screen and scrolled down for the extra texture brushes. The Chalk/Charcoal/Pencil and the Paint- brush palettes gave us a combination of rough edging for the strokes we applied. The brush types and the paths were drawn in a circular fashion to create the center for our sun. Changing the width of our stroked paths allowed for different looks and different op- tions. Though the design is rather simple, it's also very effective for the look we were going for. For separation purposes, we turned the stroked paths into objects instead of paths with the effect applied to them. We had a stroked path and the expanded art next to it selected to visualize the differences. To expand the selected paths, we went under the object menu and scrolled down to the expanded appearance option to make them vector objects. This was helpful for the out- put process as it allowed for chokes and gra- dients to be applied as necessary. Color theory was nice and simple with primaries and secondaries only. As the sun sank into the horizon, many foreground ob- jects began to silhouette. Palm trees were a favorite design element and helped pop the colors. Since we were focusing on volleyball, we added a net and a swiped stroke to match the textures going on in the setting sun. By placing the flattened image in Illus- trator, we used the Image Trace tool with the image selected for a quick trace. Using the black-and-white logo option for image trace gave us a clean vector that was easily manipulated for our design. We made some adjustments to our swipe by using the warp options under the effect menu after grouping the multiple pieces. Once the design elements were arranged, we added the text to finish it out. For an energetic feel because we are so excited to be back, we used a fun, thick-scripted font with a great flare. We double stroked it to beef it up and give it some weight. Our stroke weights had a fair amount of thickness so we weren't wrestling thin areas between the colors of the strokes as it might have created issues on press. PERFECT PRINTS Since this isn't a complex design full of half- tones, it was a relatively easy white printer or base-plate to build. This was going on a lighter-color garment, and there wasn't any reason to put a base white under the navy we had designated. Typically dark inks aren't based and lend a nicer feel to the hand on the garment. We added gutters in between colors on the base that were butted next to each other to reduce movement of the inks on top, which would reduce smearing and keep colors with a nice tight clean edge. We knocked Vastex light-, medium- and heavy-duty screen printing equipment lines include: presses in 1 to 10 stations/colors, athletic numbering systems, infrared conveyor dryers, flash cure units, LED exposing units, screen drying cabinets, screen registration systems, wash-out booths and utility equipment. Vastex light-, medium- and heavy-duty screen printing equipment lines include: presses in 1 to 10 stations/colors, athletic numbering systems, infrared conveyor dryers, flash cure units, LED exposing units, screen drying cabinets, screen registration systems, wash-out booths and utility equipment. Rockets ink temps up to 350°F in the first several inches and holds at-cure temps longer for the highest possible rates. Digital temp control of 3 height- adjustable heaters maximizes efficiency for each ink type. Cure 1080+ plastisol-printed garments/h, 555+ water-based or discharge-printed garments/h, and 185+ garments/h inkjet printed with white ink. 18-, 30-, 54- and 78-inch wide models. OF PLASTISOL, WATER-BASED, DISCHARGE AND DTG WHITE INK +1-610-625-2702 SALES@VASTEX.COM VASTEX.COM JJ-0338 Mix & match chambers and conveyor extensions for limitless possibilities! Made in USA Vastex light-, medium- and heavy-duty screen printing equipment lines include: presses in 1 to 10

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