February '13

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Step Four In the next part of the process, use the undo key (Ctrl-Z) and go back and forth between the indexed file and the regular file and watch the change. In my first try on the Hawaiian art in the example (Figure 2), there was too much gray in a lot of the colors and not enough dark gray, so the 5 whole design looked dull (see Figure 5). I went back and forth, undoing the file and redoing the change, looking at areas of the design that seemed to lose the most color, detail or quality. I could then focus on the dull areas and add an extra color or change some of the colors in the table. 6 I did so by undoing the index color. When I pulled up the custom table, it already had my previous colors still in there (if you are leaving the design for a while it is a good idea to save a complicated color table so you can load it later). For the Hawaiian art example, I added some colors in the yellow/black transition and darkened the gray as well as added a dirty orange color. Step Five In review of the index split of colors after the adjusted table, the results were pretty good (see Figure 6). One trick I love to do at this point is to stretch the colors and adjust for some colors in the table that may fall off of the under base, and darken them too. Once the color table was final, I saved the file with an "_indexseps" at the end so the split was good. Step Six Pulling the colors is really easy now: open the color table and change all the colors except for that which you are pulling into white and the color that you wish to pull out into black. Save this version of the file as a separation file or copy and paste the result into a channel for a digital mockup of the design. When you want to pull the under base file, select all the colors in the table that need white under base. Change them all to black and the rest to white and you should be good to go. Fargo, ND Las Vegas, NV NEW LOCATION COMING SOON! Your home for Heat Transfer and Digital Material 1-2 Day Shipping Free Shipping on orders over $150* *some restrictions apply Wholesale Pricing *NOW SHIPPING TO CANADA* NEW! CE6000 Series • CE6000-40 15" • CE6000-60 24" • CE6000-120 48" Now Supplying: • • • • Auto Open Press Clam Shell Press HobbyLite Press Cap Press THERMO TRANSFER FOR TEXTILE Only Source for 8 Colors of 20" Easyweed That's that The process is really simple. Creating the separation for the Hawaiian design in the example literally took less than 15 minutes. The only downfall is that the design ended up with 10 colors (whereas a simulated print would have only used about seven). The moral of the story is: if you don't mind a few more colors, the volume is enough to justify it, and the art is well-suited to it, go with index printing. The savings in press down-time (from dot gain) and the lack of scrap might make you a regular index dot screen printer after a few designs come out perfect. pw Order Now! Online, E-Mail, Phone 1-888-819-4421 Use Info # 277 2013 February Printwear PW_FEB13.indd 57 | 57 1/17/13 12:11 PM

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