October '16

For the Business of Apparel Decorating

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20 || P R I N T W E A R O C T O B E R 2 0 1 6 it spot colors. First, we selected one of the three colors in the logo in the SWATCHES menu. Then, went to SELECT>SAME>FILL COLOR. Once we had all the pieces with this same color in the logo selected, we went to SWATCHES and SWATCH OPTIONS, selecting it to bring up our menu. We then changed the PROCESS COLOR to SPOT COLOR. We repeated this process for the other two colors in the logo. The only difference was when we were changing the white to a spot color, we tinted it so we could see it on the art board. Next, we opened our art board template and went to our spot color file. We copied and pasted onto the template. While we had our art selected, we opened our TRANSFORM MENU and adjusted the size as needed. In this case, it would be 3" wide for a left-chest print. When adjusting, we made sure to check that SCALE RECTANGLE CORNERS and SCALE STROKES AND EFFECTS were selected to ensure there was no distortion. Finally, we aligned the logo on the template as a left-chest location. Because we had a few youth Ts as well, we copied and pasted the logo and aligned it to the center-chest location. Once in spot colors in Illustrator, we could output. We would image screens with both images and tape off accordingly on-press for appropriate locations. The brown and green were exposed on N-272 tpi at 45 N/cm for a nice soft, smooth hand and drape. We added 5 per- cent fashion soft base to the colors to ensure an even softer touch. For enough opacity, the white would go last in the print rota- tion on an N-166 with the same tension. We printed wet-on-wet, brown, green, then white. We also added what we call a "pre- FROM SOFTWARE TO SUBSTRATE Top Left: The artwork from the client was already presented in vector format. Top Right: The color white had to be tinted when it was changed to a spot color so it could be seen on the art- board. Middle Left: The scale of the artwork had to be adjusted so there was no distortion, even on the left chest and youth Ts. Bottom: A fashion soft base was added to the colors for a softer touch. We printed wet-on-wet, brown, green, and finally white for good opacity.

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