to prepare artwork for a multi-color shirt!
Preparing artwork for you t-shirt is
an important step. You don't need to be a professional
artist to enter the screen printing field. Many
people have started successful businesses even though
they could barely draw stick figures. This tutorial
will show you how to prepare artwork for a two-color
t-shirt. Artwork can be prepared in many different
computer programs. Corel Draw and Adobe Photoshop
are two popular programs used by screen printers.
A two-color shirt requires two separate
screens that must be predpared. The tutorial below
will show you how to prepare the artwork needed to burn
into each screen.
| The Image
|| The image
on the left is the design we will put on the t-shirt. This
design has two colors, red and black.
||In order to
print multiple-colors on t-shirts, your artwork must be
separated into the different colors. We need to separate
the red and black parts of the image.
The four bulls eyes on the left are
actually "registration" marks. These
are used to line up your multi-color jobs on the silk
screen machine. This will ensure that your images
print where they are supposed to when they are printed
on the t-shirt.
This image would be printed off on
transparency or vellum. We are now finished with
this color. It's time for the next color.
||The next color
to be printed is black. This is done the same way
as the first color. The registration marks are also
on this image.
This image would also be printed
on transparency or vellum. Two separate images
make one multi-color image.
The artwork is now ready to be burnt
into the screen.
t-shirt will look something like this.
This is the process that is used
for all multi-color prints. If you have questions
about this tutorial please email