4. Creating Screen Printing Artwork & Film: Simple One Color Spot Designs

how to create some spot color artwork for your single color single station start okay okay so today like I said we're gonna be dealing with basic spot color artwork because it's the simplest to start with and that is the type of artwork you're going to need for your one color screen printing press okay now you're going to need a couple of things you're going to need a computer of sorts a laptop will work if it has enough memory it's important to note that vector art programs can be processor intense so it's a good idea to use a computer that has a lot of RAM and you know big processors so that you can handle the imagery all right there are a couple different programs you can use and I mention vector art vector art is the standard for screen printing and basically all it means is I'm not an expert at this but vector art is put together on your computer using mathematical algorithms math numbers and you know graphing or some type of mathematical situations so that you can actually enlarge or shrink vector art without any resolution loss whatsoever okay so that's why we work with vector art because we can blow it up we can shrink it down we can move it around we can distort it we can stretch it we can do all kinds of things to vector artwork that won't affect the resolution of the artwork contrastingly if you're working you know customer brings you a low resolution JPEG or a bitmap those files you know are going to be difficult to work with so you can do one of two things you can either ask the customer for a higher resolution file or you can have it converted to vector and there are plenty services online to do that all right now so you need a computer that has enough memory RAM and processing power to handle illustrator or CorelDraw or whatever vector our software do you want to use so you're gonna need the software you're going to need a computer and then you're gonna need an inkjet printer okay now most of the time Epson will dominate the market for outputting eight jet film positives for screen printer all right but that doesn't mean you can't use other printers you can but the issue that you'll have to check with is whether or not your printer can handle clear media okay so if you have an HP like this is a little HP you know some cannons and other kinds of prayers can't actually feed a piece of clear media successfully okay so it requires a white strip down the side and they make particular films for those types of printers but for inkjet film positives where you're going to buy this from screen printing supply it's going to be clear so you're gonna need a printer that can handle clear media most epson's should do that and one of the most common and economically practical Epson prayers was the Epson 1400 which is discontinued so if you find them now new or used they're actually expensive and you know if you can get a refurbished one that's good but you know you know you could use a different Epson like maybe it workforce 1100 or something like that all right but an Epson printer is a good choice because in the future when you need to do more complicated artwork an Epson printer will be compatible with other software that you're gonna need in the future if you go all out and all the way with us okay and another thing to remember the size of your printer is going to dictate the size of the film you can print for instance this printer wouldn't be able to print either of these two pages because this is 11 by 17 this is 13 by 19 so this printer couldn't even print these two pieces I can only print eight-and-a-half by 11 on this printer so when you making your decision to buy a printer keep that in mind it's a sheetfed printer well what how big take what what size she can take normally 13 by 19 is the biggest size that you're gonna be able to get okay for sheet film roll film is different and it is you know HF film is available in roll film but for you for your little startup kit sheet film will be fine and it's gonna be available at eight-and-a-half by eleven eleven by seventeen thirteen by nineteen you know stuff like that okay you might even find eleven fourteen or something you know so the standard sizes of paper and stuff you'll find these sheets in now one more thing before we actually look at the computer and look at a little bit of artwork creation is there are two kinds of a Czech film that you'll find one is a non waterproof which is clear kind of like this and the other one is waterproof which is foggy like this take a close-up look at these two okay so quickly check out the two different types of a Czech film that you'll find first of all is the non waterproof if this is not waterproof and it's a lot clearer you can see that okay we put it in front of a screen you can see that you can see through it pretty well probably right so it's pretty clear so this is non waterproof inkjet film now waterproof inkjet film is much different and it's very cloudy okay so there you can see it's hazy it's cloudy you see that okay so this is waterproof inkjet film and you want to work with waterproof inkjet film it's really gonna give you the best film positive that you can get with an inkjet printer okay so you can see that the waterproof ink jet film is very hazy and cloudy okay and the non waterproof inkjet film is relatively clear now there's another thing you have to remember there's a right and wrong side to print on with a Czech film positives and some of them will be tabbed like this non waterproof inkjet film has a little rounded edge and that's a tab to guide you to put it in your inkjet printer so with this one we have a tab that tells us we put the in the upper right corner in our printer and we're printing on the right side of the of the hf film okay and the reason for that is is that h @ film is nothing more than clear acetate or clear film you know and it actually has an emulsion that's coated onto it the emulsion is what receives the inkjet ink so if you print it on the side that does not have emulsion it will run and bleed and never dry therefore you have to make sure you're on the right side of the emulsion on the inkjet film positive so the inkjet ink can set in the emulsion and coagulate and dry up okay now if the film positive does not have a tab there's a quick and easy way to tell which side is which your fingers moisten them a little bit and touch it the side with the emulsion will be sticky and tacky the side without the emulsion will be smooth and slippery okay now without further ado let's look at the computer and just briefly discuss basic spot color artwork creation here is a very simple piece of spot color artwork it's composed of shapes and text and a graphic in the middle okay you can see that each piece is a separate object okay and keep in mind that you know different software programs will work differently we're working in Illustrator right now because that's what I use mostly and I'm the most familiar with okay so here is the text down here that forms cats bit is actually not a font that's actually graphic objects that we created the font and we only created these letters to form cats bits so that's not a font it's actually an object of shape the URL is actually just a font okay so this would be ready to go out to film positives on an inkjet printer with waterproof inkjet film and we can print it just like this it's ready to go it's reads right it's a positive and curve I have it set up on an 11 by 17 document you see that so I can size it up and that's the other thing that's great about vector art is you can size it okay you see that look I can actually stretch and mutilate this thing and you see there's no loss of detail you see that that's because it's vector and you can do all this kind of stuff with it without having any problem resolution loss you can you can distort it in so many different ways or you can you know it's you know vector art is so dynamic and versatile that's why we use vector art in screen printing okay so this design would be ready to go to film okay so let's look at a couple other scenarios where we might have to do some artwork to some things or or create some things and I'll show you some simple ways to create some spot color artwork here is a simple shape that I basically got from the internet because this is a fleur-de-lys it's a known object or a known shape it's kind of like a coat of arms so type thing or a craft or a shield type thing and so I figured you know we could show you how to start with a simple object say you have a customer and they say we have a team logo and we want you know we want the fleur-de-lys and then our text well this is pretty simple so you have an object and this this object isn't even fully tracing and expanded quite in Illustrator but it's unnecessary to do that we don't really need to worry about it because it's one object it's one shape and we're gonna put the text in front of it so basically I would choose my text tool and I would say go team or whatever we're gonna whatever we're gonna type it could be a team name or whatever and now you're gonna size up the font and you can do it by the points you know up here you can actually drop down and make it big or you can actually with vector art you can actually just say let me scale that and just do it like this which is a little bit easier okay now one thing to you know do with with text is you know I always I always say use different text in other words take a look and use some interesting this kind of looks cool with the fleur-de-lys so let's let's see what this looks like alright and I'm gonna rotate it to make it a little bit slanted okay and we'll put it in here say we want it something like this who knows we're just messing around today so we'll go like that now you can see is a one color spot color the text bleeds or blends into the object that we have so what do we do well that's pretty simple we got to look and see if we can put a stroke on the font okay and that's as simple as that so you have to look in your software for illustrator you can come right down here in the corner and you see this box that's the outline that's the stroke and then you just change it to whatever color you want we want it white now up here we can adjust the stroke weight or size say so you can see that certain strokes will adversely affect certain fonts all right so we're with the one point just for this little demonstration okay so there's go team maybe we could push it up a little bit you see how you lose the thin lines when you start to push up the stroke so these are things that you got to be aware of alright but there you go there's a little text and then maybe we want something down at the bottom and we're going to let's choose a different font alright just because just to show you that you can actually use two different fonts on the same design okay and you know add a little bit of creativity to it now you want to make sure the fonts are you know a little bit similar or kind of work together but you know again today I'm just showing you so here's here's another text object and again it's like it's in front of the fleur-de-lys but we've got to add a stroke because you know we can't see it we can't delineate this on a one color print as a one color stencil none of this will delineate unless we put an outline around it like here okay so we're going to go in here move it to white and there's the little outline okay so there's a simple way to create one color spot color designs with fonts and an object okay so there's the fonts and then here's our object and that's it so you can you know pretty simple you know just basically using clipart or objects that you find on the Internet okay you can create simple spot color artwork let's take a look at some artwork that involves clipart all right so now here we have a piece of clipart and it's a very simple piece of clipart okay so it's made of two parts it's a ball there's a black circle okay and then we actually have this these white spots that are in front okay you see that so these two these are actually a bunch of little objects that are grouped together and the ball is just one object and together they make a bowl and this is supposed to look kind of like a kickball or any kind of generic ball really all right so one thing that I want to point out when you're working in spot color and you're printing straight from your software illustrator or CorelDraw or what-have-you directly to your inkjet printer the way you're going to get the best film positive on waterproof inkjet film is to tweak all the objects to 100% CMYK okay that means that you have to make sure your color mode see this here is in CMYK you're in a color mode of CMYK and then the object you would choose and you come over here to this little thing is one way to get in here and it'll open up this window if it does and right now you can see it's a hundred percent k so if i if i change the color a little bit like this sometimes it takes a little working to get something to stick i found i don't know why but you know sometimes you have to change it so then we change its 100% CMYK you see that so that's all you got to do really and then bam there we go and that way when it prints on the waterproof inkjet film it's actually gonna have red and yellow and and you know all four CMYK colors in there and it will create a much denser blacker more opaque film positive when you print it on waterproof inkjet film okay so now let's proceed to talk about how we might add some design elements to this ball say if we have a kickball team or something now that we've discussed converting your objects to 100% CMYK when you're printing directly from your graphic software to an inkjet printer let's then suggest that when you create new objects you're going to convert them to 100% CMYK immediately so let's say if we have a team okay cat spit kick ballers let's say so right off the bat we're gonna go right in here and we want to adjust this to 100% okay it's just a good habit to get into because then once ever thinks together you don't have to try to go back and mess with it and you know try to get all the parts separate again and then convert them all individually you just do it from the get-go and it'll be a lot easier for you okay here's a kind of a roller derby font over here I'm going to use scale and just do this a little easier and we're gonna distort this one a little bit for this okay down now you get you also have to look see how it looks kick ballers is this really legible is this font legible uh you know not real so maybe we want to change it okay so those are all things that you need to consider when you're creating your artwork okay don't just you know create it without thinking about how it's gonna look on the t-shirt or even once you get familiar with screen printing how is it going to screen print okay so now here's kit kats bit kick ballers so let's check make sure we're still 100% CMYK nothing changed by accident or anything okay and say we wanted I want this to go over the ball a little bit remember now we need to delineate this so again we choose the text go down here to the to the outline oops and we choose white now it delineates it and since there are some spots in here we got to make sure that it goes into an area that's not going to be confusing and make it hard to read okay so there it is we put in cats pit kick ballers now we want to add a little bit of a graphic element to this okay so we're gonna take let's not use that let's let's use let's see if I can get rounded we'll use the rounded rectangle tool and I'm gonna make this like this now we're gonna change the fill to white see that now we're gonna change the outline to 100% black CMYK and by the way Kay is simply black oops I was in the wrong I was in the wrong we want the fill white now I got to go out wait what happened here there we go let's see if this'll do it we want the stroke to be a hundred percent see I was on the wrong part of the object let's see if that works okay there we go all right so now we can adjust the stroke a little bit give it a little weight and now the object you know it's in front of everything so let's appear object we're gonna arrange and send it to the back okay so there you go see that so now we have a little bit of a graphic element whoops see here make sure again that you choose the right element or the right part of the element well adjust that a little bit like this okay so there we go we have a little bit of a graphic deal going on there and then you know we could maybe do something else down here you know and and use another type of element if we want and this one maybe we want this one in front you know like this so that we have a little bit of depth and layering and now we say maybe it's the Arizona League if I can spell properly let's see there we go now we're gonna choose a different font again let's let's scale this a little bit just a little bit because when you change fonts the scale can change on you too so you want to really choose the font before you you know before you really manipulate the font okay so get the font that you want and then manipulate it after your decide that that's what you want and now remember we got to go in and make sure it's a hundred percent okay there we go so there's a simple design that I just slapped together you know and you know you can do any number of things with shapes fonts and clipart okay so there you go you've got font you've got shapes and then you've got the clipart which if I pull this out it'll I didn't group it so it left the parts of the ball behind if you want to group it you would select both of those and tell it to group and then when you pull it it's gonna pull everything so when you have a piece of clipart that you're gonna use like this it's a good idea to group it all right so there's a little design simple one color spot color design for screen printing here's another piece of clipart that's fairly simple and it's important to note that clipart may also be known as lineart and you can see why this is a particular piece of clipart that would be referred to as line art and it's much like a pen and ink drawing it's positive and it's all lines and white paper okay so sometimes you can refer to clipart or screen printing spot color art as line art all right now we're gonna take this simple doll the dolls already grouped and it's 100% CMYK alright so we're going to just add a few elements to make it look more like a doll so for instance say the customer says yeah I like the doll but it's got no face and it looks like it's amputated arms and feet and stuff so well you know I don't have a whole lot of graphic skill in illustrator but this is something I can certainly doctor up with some shapes okay so there I created a shape and I immediately converted it to a hundred percent CMYK now I'm gonna copy it and paste it because that was the eyeball right and I just made two little eyeballs okay so they're little doll girl dolly has two eyeballs now and let's do just a simple you know simple mouth very simple you know but also you know very simple but in accordance with the rest of the art because the rest of the art is very simple so you wouldn't want to do anything highly detailed with this piece of clipart because it would look funny so you know adding a couple of shapes we added a face now let's try to add a little bit of a limb now I just used the pencil tool to do that you can use whatever tool might work good for you and then I'm up here adjusting the stroke to match the rest of the drawing see that okay so I just made this little thing good to kind of look like this I really don't even know what's going on is this supposed to be her arm going behind her back who knows but now it looks a little bit more cohesive right but she's got no feet so again we'll just take a simple shape and some like Charlie Brown feet or something and let's see where am i this is the filled will that oh the fill okay let's see we got to change it and make it go to something and then we'll tweak it to a hundred percent and hopefully the fill will go black but it doesn't want to okay so we got to try to get this thing to go black this is what I'm talking about see sometimes just weird stuff you know I don't know why does that so we're gonna take we're gonna take the this stroke and just get rid of the stroke because I only want to deal with the fill all right so again remember that different software programs are gonna behave differently and have different menu functions and stuff but for the most part I'm showing you just what you need in the final product so you're gonna have to learn how to use the software that you buy I can't really teach you that because it's very complex and it could take a long time so there again CMYK hundred percent and there's the little foot and we're gonna put it kind of in place where it might look okay but it doesn't look right like that so what I'm gonna do is send it to the back okay see that and now it looks more like a Charlie Brown foot or something right so there it is a little foot now I'm just gonna copy paste that and use the same object for the other side and I gotta send it to the back again okay so there it is so there now we kind of made this a little bit more cohesive and it looks a lot better so now I'm gonna group it and now the whole object is a little doll and it looks a lot better right very simple but it looks a lot better so let's now take a look at what we might do to create a design out of this alright so here we have the doll ready to create a design out of and this kind of looks like something that could be good for a school or kindergarten or something like that so I might make something that looks like a chalkboard shape okay and now it's important to note that when we talk about fill and stroke this outline that you see here is considered the stroke the inside of the shape is considered the fill so currently we have no fill and we have a four point stroke okay so this is fine for what we want to do here kind of looks a little bit like a chalkboard I might be the stroke a little bit okay and now we got to send the object to the back because it'll look better coming from behind the girl like that see so now we're going to add you know text elements and at this point honestly for this design I already know what font I would use which I don't have on the computer I would I would use the chalkboard font and you can easily find that online I actually have it somewhere but I know it's not I think it's on my other computer actually it's not loaded on this computer but I would use a chalkboard font again the fonts are really important to match with the concept you know so you want to try to use fonts that that kind of go along with the concept that you're creating you know what I'm saying so when you think of something like that erasing font or a chalkboard font chances are it exists so you can go on the internet and search for fonts and you know try to find yourself an appropriate font for the design now here I'm just scaling alright and we'll just using this font here for this for the moment okay cat spits cool and maybe let's take the same now Oh before we go on remember 100% CMYK right because we don't want to have to come back whoops and change anything so there we go now when I copy and paste that it's already 100% CMYK and I can change it to screen-printing okay now you can see that you have to consider a lot of things when you're putting together elements and consider what it looks like so we're gonna we're gonna work on this a little bit cat spits cool screen printing all right we got to add an of right but we're not gonna use the same font let's choose a different font okay so let's figure out what font we can use for of so let's just type it in and probably want to bring it up a little bit so you can see it its size right and now let's see what we might use for this so a lot of the times you can spend a good amount of time going through fonts you know so artwork you know artwork can take a good amount of time so it's always a good idea to make sure that you're you're compensated for it or that it the the cost of the print job you know pays for the artwork otherwise you can you can actually spend a lot of time doing artwork and if you don't get paid then you know that can really hurt the profit margin on a job so you know keep that in mind when you're working with artwork and you're working with a customer you you know you need to make sure that you're compensated one way or the other for the amount of time you spend on art which can be tremendous okay so all right so this is just a simple design it would be a lot better with the chalkboard font but you know my computer is not capable of going online and doing that while we're recording it'll crash so we're gonna just wing it with this for now and you know there are different shapes that can be used you know we have a little star we might put this on the girl shirt you know or you could you little dots and make three buttons on there if you wanted to now down here you know I don't know what shape could we use we could use different shapes let's let's see if we have if we can get anything to do something cool let's let's see what we can make this shape do if we use I think this is free transform for some reason my pop-ups aren't coming up right now see so it's free transform once you do that use that tool you can manipulate the the design the shape okay so there's that let's see it's a little big you know so here's another shape that we might try to use okay so first off I'm going to send it to the back and then I'm going to move it where I want okay and there again see that the foot is blending in there so what we would have to do is ungroup this so we can grab this foot and try to put an outline on it and see if that will let it delineate okay and you can see it made the foot a little bit smaller because it you know it adds that white outline so I'll beef it up and then let's see now you see that so now it has a delineation there okay so we can put this wherever we want maybe we want it something like this but this shape oh I don't like I don't necessarily like that pointing out so I'm gonna go ahead and see if we can shrink it down a little bit more okay so there there's another shape and we have the little line in there to delineate and now we can add some font or text in here and we'll do the reverse of what we did here so let's take a look at that so before I go any further I'm just gonna check and make sure that this 100% because I'm recording this video I'm a little bit distracted so I forgot to do that right off the bat but you should get in the habit of doing that when you create shapes or setup fonts go immediately in and change it 200% CMYK if you are printing straight from your graphic software to your inkjet printer okay so there we have the shape now we're going to put a font on top of that and I don't know let's say what would it say at this point maybe it's the Phoenix district okay and I don't know how that font got up there but you know what I'll roll with it and we're going to its bold that's good and now because we're gonna put it on top of this shape we're going to make it light because it's a reversal kite type of caper okay and for this we want to bring this to the front all right so now we have this and then you can see see that alright so now we have to make it do what we want and manipulate the font a little bit and then position okay and remember I'm just creating this stuff out of my head so obviously if you had information or concepts and everything it would probably be a lot easier to be creative I'm just kind of winging it and slapping stuff together but if the customer came to you and had the font or text information and some kind of concept that would help kind of direct you in what fonts to choose or what shapes to use or what you know generally what to do with the design so you know the direction from the customer will help you quite a bit in deciding what to do with the artwork okay so there you go that's you know another simple design at this point I would group everything so that I can you know move it around or do what I have to and you know if I had the size this now a little bit I could so times after you set something up and you size it weird things can happen so if it's possible at all I would suggest sizing like the doll the clipart sized the doll at the beginning and work to size all the way from the beginning to end and that way you'll avoid any complications that you might have if you complete the design like we did here and then try to bring it up you know cuz sometimes weird things can happen okay you know for the most part it should be fine because it's vector like I said so now we sized it and it's fine we're ready to go to film with that right now if this was what we wanted to print we would be ready to print this to film okay and let's take a quick look at the print dialog and show you a little trick in there all right so if we're ready to go to film at this point we're going to go to print now remember different software it's gonna work differently okay so the first thing you got to do this is illustrator and the first thing we'll do here is is choose the correct printer okay now at this point it's on eight and a half by eleven paper that's fine for this demonstration you know we're not gonna actually print this I'm just going to show you what I do in order to get a very dense film positive when I'm printing straight from illustrator to the inkjet printer and you know just for simple spot colors you really you know you don't need to do much more than that so we go into the setup and we'll go into the preferences and we're going to pick you know for for the inkjet waterproof inkjet film positive I will take photo paper glossy I'm gonna say best photo enhance we want it to be very sharp and then you go into advanced and you turn off high-speed okay let me show you that again and you always want to check that when you do stuff it doesn't change other stuff because you know how computers are okay so we had best photo photo enhance paper glossy and then advanced I went in here and I turned off high-speed I want it to print take its time printing okay so that's it you know and four different printers it'll it'll be a different dialogue so that's one reason why I don't teach how to use illustrator because first of all I'm not an expert and secondly you know it can vary from version to version and it can vary you know from software to software okay so all right so that's it and it didn't it didn't stick yet because we didn't we didn't do it we didn't print it we didn't save it or anything I just closed it so there you go photo paper glossy photo enhance go to advanced wherever your Advanced tab is turn off high-speed say okay and now now it should be ready to go you see it so everything's still there high speed is good good print and then we would say print and that's it it's a positive so we're printing it just as we created it in Illustrator all right so that's it that's just a quick rundown for you on simple spot color artwork okay there's a quick very simple brief summary rundown of creating simple spot color artwork for screen printing and remember this is going to be one of the most challenging parts of screen printing for you because you have to learn the graphic software right so you've got to allow for a learning curve in creating artwork and achieving all the different effects that you want to achieve in your artwork is going to take some time to learn how to manipulate the art and to utilize your graphic vector artwork software properly and to your advantage okay because over time you're gonna learn what works best with screen printing and what doesn't so then when you get to that point when you create artwork you will know what to do and what not to do at the inception at the creation of the artwork okay so that's really important because once you have a better understanding of how screen printing artwork prints then when you create your artwork you can create it in such a way that you will not have a hard time on the press you follow okay so we ran through some of the printing settings and stuff like that right and I you know I apologize to fight with there really fast you know you have the DVD so you can always rewind and watch the sections again but here is the piece of film that we're going to work with on this instructional video and show you how this design onto your screen okay so we last left off on how to print so basically once you do all those settings you would click print make sure your films in the printer right side up emulsion side up to get printed on and you print it and then you're gonna end up with a film positive just like this okay so I'll take a quick look at this film positive and then we'll move on to the next part of the DVD all right and finally once your design is printed out onto the inkjet film positive it should look something like this this is an old one I've used this many times so it's a little beat-up and a little dirty but it will still do the job so we're going to use this today but this is basically what you're going to end up with this is considered an inkjet film positive for screen printing and you can see that the artwork is printed positively just the same way it was set up in Illustrator right okay so that's it so now we're ready to start thinking about getting this design onto your screen okay so the next step we got to start thinking about is screen preparation and mesh preparation

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  1. Lots of good videos and info! Here is another question, I have a single color one station press and want to print about 100-150 single color shirts front and back, but don't have the funds for a conveyor dryer. Can I use a FLASH dryer to cure PLASTOL ink? If so how long would it take per shirt? Or do you have another option you can suggest?  Thanks so much….

  2. I want to create a 50% screen tint from my BLACK ink, so how do you create a block of ink and make it a 50% screen tint for making the film positive. I'm using Illustrator 5.5…   Thanks

  3. Do you offer training for the whole process and if so where are you located, how long would training take and what is the cost?

  4. Great video! What about outlines in another color? do you separate the wording and leave outline and print two sheets?

  5. Weird things only happen when you resize, if you have strokes and/or other effects in your artwork, and if you don't have "Scale Strokes & Effects" checked in general preferences. For example, say you create a circle with a diameter of 500 points, and you give it a 10 point stroke. Then you decide to scale the circle down to 50 points, but it retains its 10 point stroke. Of course, a 10 point stroke is a lot thicker relative to a 50 point circle than to a 500 point circle, so it looks entirely different. Had "Scale Strokes & Effects" been checked, it would have scaled the stroke along with the circle, resulting in a 1 point stroke on the 50 point circle, thus no weirdness.

    Personally, I never leave strokes in my final file; I expand everything. I generally don't leave text in my final file either, I expand that as well. I like everything in my file to work by the same rules, and strokes and editable text follow different rules than ordinary objects consisting of paths / compound paths. Another problem that can happen if leaving text in your final file is that some printers can have difficulty with it. For example, I have the same Epson 1400 printer as you do, and it is not a Postscript printer (Epson doesn't make any Postscript printers). Postscript is the native language of Illustrator; in other words, Illustrator is just a graphical user interface (GUI) for Postscript, i.e., everything you do in Illustrator, Postscript is being written "behind the scenes". This can lead to problems when printing from Illustrator to a non-Postscript printer, especially with text. It is rare, but I've had certain letters corrupted on the printout, even when using common fonts such as Helvetica. Expanding the text (which converts it to ordinary vector objects, no different than if you'd drawn them by hand with the e.g. pen tool in the first place) solved the problem. Also, if you plan to send your file to someone else, they might not have the fonts you used installed on their PC, and when they open it it will substitute some other font. Expanding the text solves that potential issue as well.

    Another thing: you should add 100% CMYK to your palette, and then you could just click on it instead of typing "100" 4 times, every time. On top of that, if you have everything expanded, meaning everything is just fill, no strokes, then you don't have to worry about the color of anything you make until you are finished. When you are finished, select everything (use your selection tool to drag a box around everything, or use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+A), and then change to 100% CMYK fill; it will change the color of everything at once.

  6. @ Este Mic You are very welcome my friend. I hope that is the case. Maybe one day someone will tell Ellen to interview me 😉 Keep at it and be patient and you can become an excellent screen printer. Good luck and let me know if I can help out anytime. Thanks for watching! http://www.catspitproductionsllc.com/ – http://catspitscreenprintsupply.com/

  7. Thank you for putting up all of these videos! You are helping to change the world being a teacher. I appreciate it! Someday I'd like to be at your level.

  8. hi, i have printed the film, and exposed with exposure light unit, but when i try to wash out the emulsion, the emulsion around the graphics were also washed out. am i using too much force on the pressure wash, or i shouldn't use pressure at all?  2 screens already, OMG. please help.

  9. Thank you for making these excellent videos, they are super helpful.

    Would love to see more in-depth graphic creation tutorials from you soon.

  10. Hello Brad, great to hear from you! I’m glad the equipment is living up to my name 😉 I do have a video on off contact but you make good suggestions. And yes, there is a very big learning curve. To artwork and printing and then both. Good luck and best wishes!! Thanks much for watching and dropping me a note. ☠

  11. Hey..from ENC (eastern North Carolina) love all the videos, just bought new Ranar equipment from you and am extremely happy with all of it. But WOW!, what a learning curve, but your videos have helped tremendously! But would love tips on initial off contact, platen leveling and screen head adj. And maybe a video tips on the importance of dense stencils and printers that are capable. Keep it up, i swear you made this video for us, InSight Designs. PeacE!

  12. Very cool indeed, thank you! You’re welcome, it’s my pleasure to help out and share information. Check out the Catspit website for a lot more free info on screen printing. Link is on the channel page. Thanks for watching & commenting! ☠

  13. LOL… yeah well I’m no language expert. Isn’t that French? 🙂 Thanks for watching & commenting! ☠

  14. Thank you! No, sorry. I don’t know every inkjet printer. I use an Epson 1400 currently. Thanks so much for watching and dropping me a note. ☠

  15. Thank you very much! I appreciate the support greatly. Thanks so much for watching and dropping me a note. ☠

  16. Yes the size of the image on the film positive will be the exact size of the print. Illustrator has vector converting abilities if you have the know-how and the right file to convert. Thanks so much for watching and dropping me a note. ☠

  17. Hi I have a questions that need answering, where do I find a software that makes vector files or anything vector? Also is the size of the design on the film going to be the actual size on the shirt?

  18. You can find them from Saati using my discount promo code on the Print Supplies page of my website. See the YouTube channel page for the Saati link. Or if you like you can test my new ecommerce store for this product. It’s ready to go and I’ll send you a link for it if you like. The store is not public yet although it is live. Thanks so much for watching and dropping me a note. ☠

  19. Thank you, glad you enjoyed it. You’re very welcome. Thanks so much for watching and dropping me a note. ☠

  20. Man I learn something new everyday. I just did a design and I thought that just the k needed to be 100% the rest at zero. Think that was because the place I get my prints done only use the super black ink so it doesnt matter. Maybe now I can do my own printing. Thanks

  21. Thank you, you’re very welcome. Yes you can use the Catspit screen printing forum to ask questions. If i don’t answer them personally someone on the forum will. Link is on the channel page. I try to use the forum so as to help more people by having the questions and answers be public. Thanks so much for watching and dropping me a note. ☠

  22. What a great video is there a way were we can contact you about any other question that we might have regarding screen printing, I'm a beginner in this so I would really appreciate if you could help me thank you.

  23. Hello there my friend! Good to see you here. Make sure to check out the 3 previous artwork videos to this one. I have a playlist for it too. The other videos prepare you for this one if you’re a beginner to Illustrator. Thanks so much for watching and dropping me a note. ☠

  24. Thank you! Glad you enjoyed this one. Yup, LOL. If you all check out the description you see why it is so long. This was a section of a canceled DVD I was going to make with a vendor I worked with. Thanks so much for watching and dropping me a note. ☠

  25. Very cool, I’m glad I can help out. Nice to know such a long educational video did some good 😉 Thanks so much for watching and dropping me a note. ☠

  26. Thank you, you’re very welcome. Good luck. Thanks so much for watching and dropping me a note. ☠

  27. Thank you, yes your number 2 point is very true. In fact I believe some printers who aren’t good printers are more successful because they have sales personalities working with or for them. I am a prime example of being more the artist and less the salesman. I have great exposure online but I continually fail to fully capitalize on it 😉 Thanks so much for watching and dropping me a note. ☠

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