Derby #601: Space Wars
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Finding Obi

Finding Obi
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Cr1venS


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Half tone blacks are rendering strangely

kg07


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Cr1venS wrote:Half tone blacks are rendering strangely


I try to avoid half-tones as I have purchased several shirts that look great on screen, but when they arrive, the printed product is not that great. I assume that if done right, it works out, but seems easy to mess up. (Nice idea on the design btw)


Cr1venS


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kg07 wrote:I try to avoid half-tones as I have purchased several shirts that look great on screen, but when they arrive, the printed product is not that great. I assume that if done right, it works out, but seems easy to mess up. (Nice idea on the design btw)


Thanks!

I'm wary of it as well but I have seen half tone digital black printing produce the shadow effect I'm after and it was the only way to stay under colour limit. I guess I should just used images showing how it will look rather than incorporating the actual half tone pixels which is what has created the weird moire effect.

Narfcake


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Cr1venS wrote:... I'm wary of it as well but I have seen half tone digital black printing produce the shadow effect I'm after and it was the only way to stay under colour limit. ...

The moire issue may be because of resizing/resampling. What angles are you doing your halftones at anyway? 90 degrees seems to be a common no-no when it comes to halftones.

Here are a couple guides written by artists here:

- Design Tips: I Have Become Halftone, Destroyer of Shirts... (Part One)
- Choosing the halftone that's right for you: A halftone tutorial by ramyb

Do keep in mind that your thumbnail should be a simple crop of the design and the comp should have both the design and a representative mockup on a t-shirt.

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Cr1venS


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Narfcake wrote:The moire issue may be because of resizing/resampling. What angles are you doing your halftones at anyway? 90 degrees seems to be a common no-no when it comes to halftones.

Here are a couple guides written by artists here:

- Design Tips: I Have Become Halftone, Destroyer of Shirts... (Part One)
- Choosing the halftone that's right for you: A halftone tutorial by ramyb

Do keep in mind that your thumbnail should be a simple crop of the design and the comp should have both the design and a representative mockup on a t-shirt.


Thanks for the guides. I've been using Illustrators basic graphical dots patterns. But clearly that isn't working.

As for the thumbnail... Oh to be able to edit my post. Colour me resigned.

acraigl


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Cr1venS wrote:Thanks for the guides. I've been using Illustrators basic graphical dots patterns. But clearly that isn't working.

As for the thumbnail... Oh to be able to edit my post. Colour me resigned.


You can do a lot with Illustrator and halftones. Start with a black/white gradient that works for your image, then use the Effect > Pixelate > Color Halftone command. I generally use a an 8-16 pixel size and set all angles to 45. That keeps it from getting too repetitive/square. After that you use the object > expand command, allowing you to trace the pattern, making it a vector object for recolor, resize or other styling effect.

There's lot of tutorials online on this, so have a look. Good luck!

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