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Old 05-25-2011, 06:30 PM   #1
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Default Need Help with Screen Print Color Separations

I'm getting freelance work from a local screen print shop - to test my skills - which will likely lead to a full-time position at the company. Even though I haven't begun my second substantial job, given to me on Saturday, the owner emailed me five more small jobs just this afternoon.

The incomplete job I speak of involves creating original art heavily based on another shirt (attached as "uniondesign.jpg"). But it includes lots of tonal variation, as though airbrushed, and I'm not sure how to approach creating and separating it. Tutorials/videos online usually just promote a software plugin, and I'll probably be limited to Photoshop.

I'm thinking I'll create much of the black art on bristol board in ink, scan that (600 dpi?), then add more airbrushed black and a layer of blue in Photoshop. Among other differences, I need to incorporate an American flag; the red shirt would just need black, white, and blue spot colors.

Any help on this process (including how to scan art, color in PS, and separate) would be greatly appreciated.
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