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Silkscreening (HELP)

Discussion in 'Channel Zero' started by imported_Tesseract, Feb 6, 2003.

  1. Here's the deal...i maybe lucky enough and have some of my graphics printed in t-shirts...my contacts are now in thailand waiting for a cd with my stuff to get started...for the last few days i cant contact them in any way and the clock is ticking...

    What i want to know, if anyone knows, is what format/style to i send them on?

    I have the designs in the size wanted at 300 dpi ready...is that good enough? should it be RGB or CMYK...

    is that correct, please help

    Thanx in advance,
  2. WISE

    WISE Member

    Joined: Jul 10, 2001 Messages: 526 Likes Received: 0
    use CMYK, RGB is for the screen.
    use Pantone colors if you can.
    300 dpi should be ok, but def. don't go any lower.

    as for file format that depends on the shop, .eps, .psd are usually fair game. But i'm sure they'll take a .jpg as well
  3. SteveAustin

    SteveAustin Veteran Member

    Joined: Mar 12, 2002 Messages: 7,042 Likes Received: 2
    the best possible way would be to send illustrator eps files using PMS colors. If the design can't be done in Illustrator then a CMYK tif file would work. How many colors are you using? If your using the whole gamet, then the screen printer will have to use dot patterns to get all the colors. While this works, it isn't the best looking way to screen print. I've used photoshop to do some of my stuff. If its only a few colors, I seperate them into each of the C M Y K channels and just rename each channel as a PMS color.
  4. Steve is always down with the best info,
    The designs cant be done in illustrator,...i hear you on cmyk but i cant follow the rest...i know photoshop well but since i never done anything besides graphix for web and photo stuff i dunno much about how do i go on from there...what are PMS colors?
    how do i seperate the colors?

    I hate to do that bro, these last days i've bombed you with questions of all kinds..if you have a minute, please..


    ps. the resolution stays on 300 right?
  5. SteveAustin

    SteveAustin Veteran Member

    Joined: Mar 12, 2002 Messages: 7,042 Likes Received: 2
    PMS colors...Pantone Matching System. Its pretty much the standard color system. Most design kids have PMS books with all the PMS color chips. You look through the book and pick the color you want. By using the PMS colors, you are pretty much guaranteed to get the exact color you wanted. Screen color varies from machine to machine but PMS is right on.

    Photoshop files are automatically seperated into the 4 channels (providing its a CMYK file). Offset printing uses four different colored inks (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black) to get the full gamet of colors. There is a screen printing method that mimics offset printing by using the four colors and dot patterns. If your design uses more than a couple of colors then this is what you will need to have them do. If its only a couple colors lemme know and I'll tell ya what I do.

    Yeah, resolution stays at 300. I just sent you an email regarding the other subject. Hit me up on my email with this stuff if you want. Kinda busy today so it might take a bit to get back at ya.
  6. Steve, got the email..you're the man!!! thanx

    I'll send you an email...hit me back whenever you can, no worries

    thanx again
  7. SteveAustin

    SteveAustin Veteran Member

    Joined: Mar 12, 2002 Messages: 7,042 Likes Received: 2