July '12

For the Business of Apparel Decorating

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| | | | From Software to Substrate We started in Photoshop and built a ba- sic Texas flag shape, rectangular in overall composition like a flag would be. Then we added red on one side, white on the other and a triangle at the top with a big star in the center. A real Texas flag is a bit different in shape While separation was fairly simple for the red, white and blue plates, the white under base was a bit of a trick in order that the highlights wouldn't flatten the image. The author used the composite and added stroke after stroke of white to choke it back. 24 | PRINTWEAR JULY 2012 but we liked where we were headed so far. We hand drew a tattered flag vector shape, scanned it into Illustrator and reversed it out of a rectangle using Pathfinder. We placed the shape into Photoshop, merging the layers of the flag shape in the correct placement as a Smart Object. We then used a canned tiff distressed pattern we had filed in our archive library and posi- tioned it over the image. It got a little complicated here, once position was established. We brought the transparency back to 100 percent on the layers pallet. In the Color Range, with continued on page 96

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