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Poster Design: Textures and Halftones for Screen Printing

DKNG Studios, Design + Illustration

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21 Videos (2h 19m)
    • Trailer

    • Introduction - A Screen Printer's Perspective

    • Textures - Part 1 of 3

    • Textures - Part 2 of 3

    • Textures - Part 3 of 3

    • Separations - Part 1 of 5 (Pathfinder Method)

    • Separations - Part 2 of 5 (Pathfinder Method)

    • Separations - Part 3 of 5 (Manual Method)

    • Separations - Part 4 of 5 (Manual Method)

    • Separations - Part 5 of 5 (Manual Method)

    • Pro Tip - Know Your Colors

    • Pro Tip - Overprinting

    • Pro Tip - Trapping Defined

    • Trapping - Part 1 of 2 (Pathfinder Method)

    • Trapping - Part 2 of 2 (Manual Method)

    • Halftones - Part 1 of 3

    • Halftones - Part 2 of 3

    • Halftones - Part 3 of 3

    • Pro Tip - Bitmap for Predictable Results

    • Pro Tip - Halftone Considerations

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About This Class

Bring your artwork to life! This class is for designers who want turn their work into a screen printed poster. We'll teach you how to convert your digital design to screen-printable color separations. You'll learn how to create realistic textures and use halftones to maintain the details in your work. 

This class is a great follow up from our first Skillshare class, Rock Poster Design: From Concept Development to Execution.


If you don't have a design that you're prepared to use for the project, don't worry. We'll provide the working files for one of our original designs. You'll be able to download and work with these files as we take you step by step through our process of converting that same design into print ready files. 


If you do have an original design that you'd like to use for your class project, more power to you! You'll also be able to apply the same steps and techniques to your own artwork.  (Note: we recommend using a basic design for the project as artwork with multiple colors or photorealism will increase the degree of difficulty.)


What You'll Learn

  • Basic Principles. Considerations in the screen printing process.
  • Halftone Textures. Create halftone textures from an original photo or scan.
  • Consideration of Color. Separate full color artwork into individual color separations.
  • Trapping. "Trap" your artwork hide errors in the printing process.
  • Final Touches. Techniques and settings to use to create halftoned files for printing.
  • Testing. Test your file to easily predict results on paper.


What You'll Do

Work from existing DKNG artwork or use your own artwork to add texture and create print separations that are ready for screen printing. You'll have the opportunity to share your progress with your classmates and follow along step by step as you prepare professional quality print separations.





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DKNG Studios

Design + Illustration

DKNG is a full service graphic design studio with a focus on the entertainment industry. We work directly with bands, venues, promoters and a range of independent and corporate clients.

Dan Kuhlken and Nathan Goldman were both drawn to music and design at an early age, but didnt combine their talents until 2005 when the duo founded a design studio with the goal of fusing these two creative avenues. The pair has found a niche in linking a personal and unique aesthetic to the worlds most...

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