- 1 What film do I need for screen printing?
- 2 What type of images does screen printing work best with?
- 3 What is the best film for screen printing?
- 4 What is a film positive for screen printing?
- 5 Do you need RIP software to screen print?
- 6 Can you use a laser printer for screen printing?
- 7 Do all printers print on transparent paper?
- 8 What is the best resolution for Tshirt printing?
- 9 How do I prepare my art for screen printing?
What film do I need for screen printing?
Inkjet film is preferred because it’s sturdier and more likely to take on an opaque print image. Vellum is less sturdy, but also much cheaper. It can be used for larger images or images that don’t have as much fine detail.
What type of images does screen printing work best with?
In order for raster art to be useable for screen printing, the image must be created at a minimum of 150 dpi at the size the image is to print. Vector files are usually created in Adobe Illustrator and are composed of paths. Vector files are the cleanest, easiest and preferred format for most logos and text images.
What is the best film for screen printing?
Check out the best transparency film for silk screens below.
- CISinks Waterproof Inkjet Transparency Film.
- Gold Up USA Waterproof Inkjet Transparency Film.
- Koala Waterproof Inkjet Milky Transparency Positive Film.
- Octago Inkjet Transparency Paper.
- Screen Print Direct Waterproof Screen Printing Inkjet Film Transparency.
What is a film positive for screen printing?
A film positive is required when using the photographic screen process. It consists of an opaque image on a transparent sheet, such as acetate or prepared acetate, Mylar® or copier film. In order for any design to screen print well, your image must be sharp and in high contrast.
Do you need RIP software to screen print?
All screen printers need rip ( raster image processor ) software for printing the best and darkest film positives on transparency film. If you use an all black ink system in your Epson film printer, you must have a rip software. If you want to print halftones, fine lines and details, a rip software program is a must.
Can you use a laser printer for screen printing?
Laser printers “fuse” the toner to the film with heat. The heat shrinks the film and can make proper registration of the positives and screens difficult if not impossible. That having been said, there are a lot of screen printers using laser printers successfully.
Do all printers print on transparent paper?
Transparency paper or film is a type of thin plastic sheet. However, not all transparency film works well on every printer. Both Canon inkjet and laser printers can create text and images on transparency paper, provided you use the right media and printer settings.
What is the best resolution for Tshirt printing?
The ideal resolution for printing is 200 PPI or more – at full size. That last bit is crucial. Even if you do have something that is 300 PPI, if its only 2 inches wide when it needs to be printed at 12″ wide, the resolution is still too low. Zoom in and take a look.
How do I prepare my art for screen printing?
The most reliable way to produce artwork for screen printing is to manually prepare it in Adobe Illustrator. Each of the three colors is going to form a separate artwork in a separate layer, using elements from the main image for each color.