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To all of the more experienced screen printers, i am looking all over and all screen printers go by colors.

What does a color entail? Does it entail all shades of that color?

Example: A waterfall that has different shades of blue, dark-light blue. Does that count as one color for blue? Or does each shade count?
 

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It depends on the colour range. Generally blue is one colour, and to get different shades of blue you'd use half-tones. But if the shade difference is extreme (baby blue to navy blue for example) it wouldn't look good, so you'd split it to two screens/colours.
 

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It basically looks like three (white, light blue, dark blue).

But it could also be done as four (white underbase, white highlight, light blue, dark blue), or more (e.g. two whites, light/mid/dark blue, etc.). Or two I guess (white/blue).

It would depend on the printer, and the result you wanted (e.g. super opaque white, or a dull white is fine). A lot of technical choices go into printing, but in the end a lot of it is seat of the pants art choices as well. There is no one correct answer on how to print that shirt.
 
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