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advanced photoshop
Aug
20

Screen print photoshop tutorial

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General, by Adam Smith

Sketch your outline, colour and set up your file.

Start with a sketch

Draw up a concept sketch directly in Photoshop using a graphics tablet and a soft, transparent brush style. Block in the shading quickly, as this will be your guide.

Screen print photoshop tutorial

Set resolution

Resolution is crucial when illustrating screen print artwork in Photoshop. Set file DPI to at least 600, keeping the drawn lines crisp when zooming in at 100% and adding detail.

Screen print photoshop tutorial

Digital inking

Add a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer above the sketch to make it less distracting. Set Hue at 205, Saturation at 100 and Lightness at +85. Apply an opaque, pressure-sensitive hard brush to digitally ink your sketch on a separate layer titled ‘Outlines’.

Screen print photoshop tutorial

Colour amounts

Choosing the number of colours in your design is the next step. Remember – the more colours, the higher the production costs will be. Three to five in a swatch should suffice for a poster or T-shirt design.

Screen print photoshop tutorial

Pantone guide accuracy

A Pantone Uncoated Color guide is a necessity for artists creating pieces for screen print. Your printer will ask you for the PMS ink colours, and with this guide you’ll have them ready to add.

Screen print photoshop tutorial

Solid colour layers

Apply each colour on a separate layer beneath your ‘Outlines’ layer, working from dark to light – in this case orange through to white. Keeping colours on separate layers makes it easier to change them at any time.

Screen print photoshop tutorial

Use your base colour

The fabric or paper colour you’re printing to can be incorporated. For example, in this design we applied green dots on a new top layer to let the shirt colour show through in the print.

Screen print photoshop tutorial