Imprint Canada Q&A


Achieving a distressed look on garments is actually quite easy to accomplish with screen printing.  The trick is to make artwork that resembles something weathered.  Adobe Photoshop has quite a few filters that can be used to make artwork appear to be aged or worn out.  Usually it takes a combination of filters to achieve the exact desired look.

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There are a few tricks on press that a printer can use to excentuate what was done with the artwork.  Distressed prints are usually faded.  Press operators can add large amounts of clear base to plastisol to reduce the ink’s opacity.  This ink can then be printed through very fine mesh.  Something in the range of 230 to 305 is optimal.  This will keep the ink film very thin and give it the appearance of being washed out.

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