Sorry, my post came off a little jerkier than I intended! My bad!I see. You are correct. I have to pay attention to the dates. I just see something at the top of the list and if it interest me, I reply. I will try to rember to look at dates. Sometimes tho, it can rejuvenate a good educational post but not something like this.
I separated your project to 5 color for a white shirt and 6 color (with white base) for a Colored shirt (black or lighter)
how to use the printer for separation settings?1 Gold,
I would separate that in 5 colors if going on white tees using sim process method that would be more controllable than four color process. 6 would make it even better for using a plum color.
Indexing (does not look great) with so little colors and you need a high resolution mesh like a 300 to do a great job. Many use low mesh like 230 or surprisingly even lower. It's common for the ones who say (use index) to be using very low mesh (too low) and to be using a very low resolution file making the squares large and visible.
The fact that the are large and visible takes away from the great quality you can get from a good index. Index is great (when used to it's fullest). If it's not used to it's fullest, it's just a way of getting a job done but no real image quality to it.
I suggest using index on files that have a great deal of color and texture and detail in them like a water color on textured board, textured oil paintings, a minimum of 8 colors or more, wet on wet with a screen mesh of 305 and a resolution of 230-240 (to get great results). You are relying on the viewer to blend the results of this type of printing with the human eye ...and less blending on press. Therefore, the higher the resolution, (the smaller the dots) the better the results.