To turn your image into a design for screen printing, I’ll make a simple adjustment to turn your colour or greyscale image into black and white. Design work and more advanced edits are not included. I’ll give you a chance to have a look at your adjusted image in advance, though, in case you’d prefer to go with a different one.
(If you have Photoshop, you can play around with this yourself using the “Threshold” adjustment layer).
Creating Your Design
There are so many ways to create a design for screen printing. You can take a photograph, create something in Word, or draw something by hand with a sharpie or india ink and send along a scan or photo of your creation. As long as I receive a digital copy in either jpg, png, pdf or doc format, I can work with it.
Email your image to firstname.lastname@example.org at least one week in advance of your scheduled Print Night.
What You Need to Know
A few things to keep in mind:
I can only get so much fine detail with the silk screen mesh we’ll be using. I’ll do what I can but you’ll get the best results with thicker lines.
If you’re sizing the image yourself, make sure it will fit on an 8.5” x 11” piece of paper. If I’m sizing it, let me know approximately what size you want it (small or large) and I’ll use my best judgement.
High resolution images (150-300 pixels/inch) make a big difference. Lower resolution images can work too, they just won’t be as clean.
Images can look really different printed with light coloured ink verses with dark coloured ink. It’s like looking at a negative of an image (see example below). If you’re planning on printing with light ink on dark fabric, let me know.
Most importantly, and this is key: have fun with this part! Keep an open mind. Sometimes the coolest designs are the ones that aren’t at all what you intended them to be.
What To Expect
Here are a few examples of images and what they look like once I’ve adjusted them to be black and white: