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My customer has a very cool graphic and has explicitly said, I just want it to look like the graphic. But he also asked if it could be 2 colors... He's also said, his artist is up on all the screen printing technique. So, I asked if the screen printer intended for me to use the cream color only and have the amp be a half tone where the shirt would show through and create the amp look then yes, it could be a half tone... however, the artist may have intended for it to be 3 colors by me using black as the 3rd color on top making the amp look a little sharper. This is where his answer was "I just want it to look like the picture" I had hoped he would go back to HIS artist and ask! Anyway, thoughts anyone???
 

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With this print, I think if you were to use white, the overall print effect would be too bright. I think the cream to underprint this job would work really well for the red. I see more of a darker red in this job, so if it was me, I'd be mixing my red accordingly. ( a lil darker)
And, in general, yes. Sometimes you might want to use a light gray underbase or even a clear underbase. Just depends....
 

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The cream color should work fine as the underbase. I've used several different colors as underbase (gray, yellow, etc.) and the overprint always looks fine.
 

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Yup, creme works fine for underbase - it's not a big depart from printing red onto a creme coloured shirt.

I've used a bunch of colours, depending on what I'm printing ontop. I really like using a light grey as an underbase too.

HD Projectors actually ideally use a grey for a neutral light balance of their screens. Good enough for light, good enough for ink, in my book! ;)
 

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So, my real original concern, is do we think the cream only, by itself will display the half tone of the amp correctly or do I need to add black on top to make it crisp thus making this a 3 color job. I wasn't too concerned about the cream as the underbase, I agree, that will be my underbase. I just want to be sure creating the amp as a void area in the drawing will work just fine.
 

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So, my real original concern, is do we think the cream only, by itself will display the half tone of the amp correctly
Correctly yes, Exactly no
due to lower resolution if you hit @ 55LPI with a 230, dot gain and dot loss.

If you can handle dot gain, then a 3rd color woud not be mandatory.
There is plenty way to print this nice design.


55lpi on the right


Educate you customer on the limitation of screenprinting even more if he expect to get EXACTLY what he see on screen.
 
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