Adobe Illustrator and Screen Printing

Adobe Illustrator and Screen Printing

Adobe Illustrator for creating artwork for Screen Printing:

FlightCheck, the preflight software from Markzware, can preflight Illustrator and package Illustrator. Adobe Illustrator for screen printing created a buzz of re-tweets, and Markzware was one of them, for an article and tutorial on the prepress side of your graphic designs for digital layout being output onto a t-shirt or fabric.
Illustrator Screen PrintingOur tweet fed onto on this preparing Illustrator artwork article. As do other print forms, screen printing really requires preflighting during prepress. Illustrator, itself, has no Preflight and Package function, but FlightCheck does. FlightCheck supports the .AI file format and does preflight Illustrator and package Illustrator. In addition to Illy (Illustrator), FlightCheck can also find potential print problems in a host of DTP files types, such as:

  • Adobe InDesign
  • Photoshop
  • Acrobat PDF’s
  • QuarkXPress
  • and more.

Here is an excerpt from the tutorial with link-through to the full article:

Preparing Artwork for Screen Printing
in Adobe Illustrator

Getting t-shirts printed is an ideal way to promote your business, organization or event. They are a promotional item that people can actually use, and they have the added bonus of being an advertisement for you. In this post, Adobe Illustrator will be used to create a three-color screen print using a fictional company logo, and have it set up to allow a screen printer to easily print the color separations that create the separate screens for each color print.

Although some printers prefer to create their own separations, it’s always good to understand the process. Be sure to communicate with your printer as they will specify their requirements, and will often give you tips for avoiding potential issues in the process.

Printing Techniques
As the t-shirt is going to be printed in three colors, we have to create separate artwork for each layer of color. Each of these layers interact with each other to form a complete image.

Trap_Knockout_Overprint Read the full article at Preparing Artwork for Screen Printing in Adobe Illustrator

A lot more than meets the eye, which is why it is vital to use FlightCheck to preflight Illustrator when screen printing. Get FlightCheck at the online FlightCheck page and preflight and package Illustrator today! See more printing solutions on the Markzware Products page.

Adobe Illustrator and Screen Printing

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