November '15

For the Business of Apparel Decorating

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Lon Winters learned screen printing from the bottom up, starting his 20-plus-year career reclaiming screens. He has won nearly 50 international industry awards and honors, published numerous articles, and led several in - dustry seminars and workshops. Currently, he is president of Colorado-based Print This, Inc./, an international consulting firm specializing in technical advances, plant design, layout, troubleshooting, productivity, quality analysis, and complete garment-embellishing solutions. Visit for more information. Contact Winters at FROM SOFTWARE TO SUBSTRATE B Y L O N W I N T E R S Horsepower… Again and Again! W e recently had one of our Christian Edge clients ask for a favor. As you may or may not know, Christian Edge is the outreach part of our business, and we do a lot of work with churches and schools that fall under the brand. The favor was to build some shirts for a church member's car club. That was no favor at all; that's what we do. If you've even glanced through Software to Substrate in the last fifteen years, you have seen some consistent themes emerge. We have written a number of pieces which horsepower have been at least part of the subject matter. Anything from hot rods to motorcycles to boats have been used to set the stage. So, taking on yet another car job is just another fun day at the office. REVVING UP As usual, the original reference image that was provided was a small 72 dpi gif file from the internet, which made it unusable. We converted the file to 300 dpi for a relatively clear image we could use as reference, and researched online for the hot rod image we needed—that's a fancy way of saying we "Googled" hot rods. We found 3.5 million images or so to choose from. Without much effort we found a view of a rig we liked. First thing we would need to do is take the car off of the back- ground. In Photoshop with the image magnified, we selected our magic wand tool and using the mouse clicked a rough shape around the vehicle. We were able to get more precise using the lasso tool to add and subtract as necessary. Once we had the image 16 || P R I N T W E A R N O V E M B E R 2 0 1 5 As part of Graphic Ele- phant's outreach pro- gram, the author took on a job for a client's car show. (All images courtesy the author) ● Beginner ■ Intermediate

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