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Postby dan123 » Mon Jan 16, 2012 8:43 am

Hi, I am a graphic designer and have never done any screen printing myself before. I got the Speedball "ultimate screen printing kit" for Christmas and am planning to use it on a piece I'm designing right now. I've got some pretty fine line work as well as some things that might require some fairly close registration. (See attached for a screen cap of the in progress artwork. Actual dimensions are 4.5" x 5.5") The thinnest strokes are .75 pts (in Illustrator). I am planning to screen print the final design on a blue box with dark blue and gold inks. I'm guessing I'll have to rig some things up to screen print on a box and to get close registration... does anyone see any other problems (or impossibilities) with this? Is my line work too thin?

Any advice would be much appreciated. Thanks!

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Re: screen printing detail

Postby tompaine » Sun Jan 29, 2012 10:31 am

0.75pt is pretty huge, you need to learn to trap - give your gold a stroke of (say) 1pt and set it to overprint in attributes, you won't need to butt-fit.
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Re: screen printing detail

Postby Shenandoah Designs » Sun Dec 02, 2012 12:47 pm

My older version of Illustrator will put strokes a lot smaller. I've put strokes of 0.05 on things before.
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