October '13

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From Software to Substrate by Lon Winters |||| n Cheers! Intermediate Adding glitter to jazz up a design A s we raise a glass of Diet Fresca to celebrate yet another good week here in the studio, we clink our Lon Winters learned screen printing from the bottom up, starting his glasses to a unison of voices, resounding in "cheers!" 20-plus-year career reclaiming screens. He has won nearly 50 internationWhat a fun, celebratory exclamation. Cheers is a common al industry awards and honors, published numerous articles, and led sevtoast meaning to your health, originally used almost exeral industry seminars and workshops. Currently, he is president of Colo.clusively in England, as a toast accompanied by a clink of based Print This, Inc./, an international consulting glasses or raising of the same. It has come to mean almost firm specializing in technical advances, plant design, layout, troubleshootanything in a positive connotation. It's used in a number of ing, productivity, quality analysis and complete garment-embellishing languages and countries from English to Austrailian to Casolutions. Visit for more information. Contact Winters at nadian and more—many of which we've come to express personally through our travels. But, this piece isn't about raising a glass or even about any of the experiences throughout and must be completely rebuilt. That's okay those travels. (Had you going. We did lead you down an interesting trail, didn't we?) Here, though, because that's what we do. we'll look at a job we did for a local high school cheer team, as in cheerleaders here in the Importing the file into Illustrator, we sleepy ranch community of Elizabeth, Colorado. knock the opacity back to 50 percent transparent. This is our first layer, so we lock it to use as a template on which to build the Finely-tuned routine art and separations. The next step is to pick We start with a very simple concept and add a little old-school bling to jazz it up a bit. With a similar font to build our type solutions. all the online design tools available, it is not uncommon to get art from customers that is In this case, we start with the EHS portion a printout of a file from another printer's design tool, presented to us as "digital" art. As (see image). you know, this is not quite ready for print. In fact, it is really nothing more than a concept Here, we took a simple concept and added a little bit of bling to it to jazz it up. (All images courtesy the author) 16 | Printwear PW_OCT13.indd 16 October 2013 9/17/13 8:47 AM

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