August '17

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20 || P R I N T W E A R A U G U S T 2 0 1 7 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 I f you have read this column over the last couple of decades, you have seen a number of projects we have worked on that involve one of our daughters, Alexandria, and the activities she's done growing up. During her college years, Ax, as we call her, was a member of the Gamma Phi Iota sorority in college. We, of course, did plenty of event shirts for her sorority while she went to school. Imagine our surprise to get the call from the Gamma Social Chairman for shirts to commemorate this year's summer get together for actives and alumni alike. The camping, drinking, grilling, and all things outdoor get together has affectionately become known as the an- nual Rabbit Roast. Rabbit being the sorority mascot, not what's for dinner. HOP TO IT Typically, sorority events are lighthearted, so we went with a whimsi- cal approach. Because it's a summer event, we decided on a surfing theme. This was a straightforward, object-oriented design. The en- tire thing was created with vector objects and a sprinkle of gradients. We included a classic woody wagon complete with surfboard, fun colors, and comical fonts. The image itself required a simple line look for a cartoony feel. Even with a traditional ink drawing, the black line had to be estab- lished first to define areas and corral colors. In Illustrator, we used the brushes palette to create this line work. Using the drop-down menu of the brushes palette, we went with a brush of our own making to create a thick to thin ink style. It was basic but effective. Using the shape tool, we made an ordinary circle. With the free transform tool in the tools palette, we brought the top down to the bottom and squashed it. We drug the object di- rectly into the brush palette window. When asked what kind of brush we would like to make, we chose "art brush," which took us to another window where we could modify the shape. Using the pen tool, we cre- ated a path and applied the brush with the stoke feature in the "fill and stroke" color options in the tool palette. We were able to make the path go from tapered end to tapered end with a thick- ness in the middle. We then Don't Know What This Rabbit Did, But it Must Have Been Bad… Rabbit Roast We kept the design simple and light for this year's Rabbit Roast T-shirt for our daughter's sorority. (All images courtesy the author)

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