Screen Printing - October/November 2017 - 28
"Specialty" flesh tones can add some complexity to the separation process, but the steps are essentially the same, and the results are well worth
it. the author's original sketch [left], final design file [center], and printed shirt [right, courtesy of rokkitwear].
to prevent colors from stacking up on
one another to make sure your total ink
volume stays down. The rest is up to the
production crew to manage.
A final consideration that can make
things a little scarier is the addition
of strange color overlays, transparencies, or special effects (see Figure 6).
When designs go outside the ordinary,
it may require some additional steps
to integrate the hues of, for instance, a
decaying zombie with a lot of green and
yellow tones. For the most part, you can
use the same process to separate these
types of images, adding more steps
along the way to blend special effects
into the flesh tone separations.
Getting realistic flesh tones in a
screen print can be a standard process
that won't cause you nightmares; it just
takes a little practice. Soon enough,
you'll never have to run from flesh
thomas trimingham has been helping screen
printers for more than 25 years as an industry
consultant, freelance artist, and high-end separator. thomas is currently working with M&r
Companies as an online marketing manager.
You can connect with him on Linkedin.