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Sep Studio 4™

Using Textile Color to Save Screens Walkthrough

Properly using the textile color of a print saves a screen. It can be used effectively and easily. This walkthrough will deliver information useable in countless art files.

Learn by watching the video, or review the written transcript. If you still have questions submit a tech ticket, or reply back to your technician in an open ticket.

Video Transcript

As screen printers we are always looking for ways to reduce the amount of screens used on press and ways to soften the feel of our prints.

Incorporating the textile color into the print in place of printing ink is a great way to save space on press, time, and money.

Here’s how.

This image is going to be printed on a gray T-shirt.

The image started out needing 16 screens with Separation Studio 4™ we easily reduced the print to fit an 8 color press using PressFit.

This was helpful but we can still take it a step further reducing the prints down to just 6 screens.

The underbase was made with Separation Studio 4’s live underbase feature. Right now it is a solid separation under all colors.

The image has two gray separations that could be removed without dramatically altering the end result.

Just by trashing the two gray seps the live underbase is automatically updated allowing the garment color to show through.

I think you’ll agree the image still looks great.

Now this original 16 screen job can be printed on a 6 color press.

But wait, there’s still one more awesome option that will take this 16 color image down to just 5 screens.

Now that we have the file set up the way we need it, we’ll generate a static underbase.

Unlike a live underbase a static underbase will not be altered when we delete a separation.

Knowing the underbase is going to be printed with white ink we can now delete the white separation from the job, allowing the underbase to handle the white areas, leaving us with just a 5 color print.

Now we’re ready to print.

That’s impressive power.

Freehand and you together we got this.

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