Custom Screen Printing Details

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There are different types of screen printing processes and depending on the art and fabric color different methods are needed. A simulated process breaks down colors using the Pantone coated color palette opposed to the more common transparent CMYK colors. You might ask why this is important. Basically, not all screen printed t-shirts are screen printed on your average white t-shirt. Darker colored T-shirts are incompatible with transparent 4 color process inks, at least by Cherry Top’s screen printing standards. By design white halftone under bases are  printed with highly opaque Pantone colors this allows ours screen print to achieve full color prints that are dynamic and rich. This is especially true when printing white ink on darker t-shirts


Simulated Process Screen Printing

Simulated process screen printing is typically used for photo-realistic artwork including full photographs, and graphic art artwork composing of complex gradients, shadows or other photo realistic effects.   Because of the complexity and the amount of art labor involved with the simulated process, it’s important to understand this method can be very expensive. Full color artwork is generally supplied in PSD format (Adobe Photoshop).  Though can also be supplied as TIF file, or if necessary in a high resolution JPG.  200-300 dpi resolution, actually sized artwork is ideal.  RGB color mode is preferred.

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Process Color Screen Printing (CYMK)

When you here screen printers use the term "4-color process", this style of screen  printing can produce an endless amount of colors by blending and mixing screen printing primary colors (CMYK) and this allows us to produce countless secondary and tertiary colors.  A very effective printing method

It’s important to note that by screen printing standards a 4 color process is antiquated for achieving the best results. The transparency of the plastisol inks used in 4-color process can be obscured by impurities in the fabric. Process inks are also not as durable as other inks due to their weak pigment load and transparent base, and most importantly, the color rendition of these inks leaves something to be desired.


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Spot Color Screen Printing

The traditional method for screen printing is called "Spot Color".  Areas of color are put down on shirts per the design specifications as individual areas of color. Typically this method of screen printing is for more simplistic designs with broad and well defined areas of color.  Vector graphics are usually used for spot color.  Pantone color matching is used to ideally match your concept of color.  The most common type of art file associated with spot color printing is EPS or encapsulated postscript.  EPS, AI, and CDR are common vector file formats and most often are created by programs such as Adobe Illustrator or CorelDraw


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