CMYK Silkscreen Printing Explained

CMYK silkscreen printing is pretty much a toilsome task. How can you manage to silkscreen print conventionally a photographic full color image on a typical cotton fabric? It is certainly a tough job to take hold of.  Whenever the word halftone is heard, one automatically relates it to Desktop Publishing or Offset Printing. Basically, there are numerous silkscreen printing companies and small printing establishments practice the application of CMYK printing.

If you are a silkscreen printing enthusiast, undeniably, you will always have that passion to also achieve the art of CMYK-Silkscreen Printing.  Images below represent CMYK-silkscreen process perfectly. If you intend to implement these graphics into spot colors, it may require you more than a dozen colors, a great deal of screen frames, brim over inks, as well as a large portion of working hours. Evidently, your material cost will increase and you might as well end up with a depreciating profit.

Digital separation of final image involves four plates, which are C for CYAN, M for MAGENTA, Y for YELLOW, and K, which represents Black. Graphix85 has the customary of putting the plates with its monochrome laser printer using 85 gsm tracing paper.

The next step to do is probably the hardest, “Photo Exposure”. There could be a lot of mistakes during the exposure of the four plates. 

Your hand pressure to your squeegee and the number of ink run on your screen frame should be limited, the CMYK ink mixture plays another important role, and you just have to remember that.

You should practice pursuing at least the most accurate replica of the CMYK colors. Just to remind you, a 30% black wet paint when it is dried will not be the same 30% black; it may be 30% less or 30% more since this also depends to your media.  In other words, you should never rely always to what your eyes perceive, but rather have a swatch print first, let it dry, and compare. Once you acquired at least the exact replica of the standard CMYK colors, you will never fail to print a full color photograph.  Familiarization is the key here.

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