Screenprinting gives your designs fantastically rich colour and a quality of image that just isn’t possible with most other techniques – which partly explains why it’s become so hugely popular for designer prints in the past few years.

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However, creating a screenprinted design isn’t as simple as drawing something and then hitting Print. With screen-printing, your colour palette is limited by the number of inks you can use, which means you need  a few tricks up your sleeve if you’re going to create the best images possible.

Design studio Waste started making screen-prints with a home-made set-up in their garage, where they produced simple one-colour posters. They quickly found themselves bitten by the screen-printing bug. Now they have a professional print studio in a basement of an old hardware shop in Nottingham.

In this tutorial you’ll learn how to colour up a four-colour design for screen-printing using Photoshop and Illustrator. There are insider tips on how to give your image more depth using highlights and shadows, how to create halftone fills that create two tones from one colour, and how to create colour separations.

Even if you’re not going to screen-print your designs, this shows you how to convincingly fake the look.


Adobe Illustrator
Adobe Photoshop

Time to complete

3 hours

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