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File type for screen printers

Discussion in 'Screen Printing' started by Anastasi55, Mar 6, 2020.

  1. Anastasi55

    Anastasi55 Member

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    One of our brand logos was designed as a raster based file. The designer used a method to get a chrome effect. However, we get requests for this logo as a vector for screen printing. I'd like to re-render it in Illustrator, with gradients approximating the chrome effect, using spot colors. Would this work?
     
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  2. FireSprint.com

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    Depends on the screen printer, but it's where you would need to start. If they are running 4 color process that's one thing, if they are running only spot colors, that's another and they may not want to do it.

    I would create several versions of any logo I designed. From 1 solid spot color to 4 color process and a few in between. Then the supplier you are using could easily tell you which one would work best for their process.

    FireSprint is a wholesale polysytrene printer.
     
  3. Anastasi55

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    That's a good idea... I can always go from spot to process, not necessarily the other way around... I'm also trying to convince a younger guy that yes, spot colors are still used in certain situations...
     
  4. Solventinkjet

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    With spot colors you could convert the gradients to half tones in illustrator.
     
  5. Anastasi55

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    True. There are quite a few possibilities that we old timers understand...
     
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