Brief Information of 4 Color Process Screen Printing


4 Color Process Screen Printing is probably the most complex of the printing processes and is recommended for automatic presses only. Fully automatic T-shirt presses work better than manual presses, which use a combination of four colors, cyan, magenta, yellow, and black, to reconstruct the full color and color range of the original image. Each color printer is a halftone of the opposite color in the original image.

4-color printing is a great way to design T-shirts. 4-color printing involves four basic colors cyan, magenta, yellow and keys or black, so 4-color printing is also known as the CMYK printing process.

Benefits of 4 Color CMYK Printing

There is an extensive list of benefits for 4 color printing. One major advantage that cannot be overlooked is its cost effectiveness. Using less colors allows for a more inexpensive process. Additionally, another benefit includes how the process is specific for light colored, white clothing materials. Not all other methods of printing may come out as well on whites. Prints made from this 4 color process allows for those four colors to create the same image that a process using more colors would.

Stages of 4 Color T-Shirt Printing

An important part of the 4 color printing process of t-shirts and apparel include how cyan, magenta, and yellow coincide with the black key plate. This allows for detailing so that the image can be properly viewed. More specifically, it is done because of the key plate that allows for different shades and contrast to form the image.

4-color Printing Has Advantages

Cost-effectiveness is a major bit: using less color allows for a cheaper process. In addition, another benefit includes how the process targets light white clothing materials. Not all other printing methods can appear on white people. Prints made with this 4-color process allow these four colors to create the same image, using more color processing.

4-color T-shirt Printing Stage

An important part of the 4-color printing process for T-shirts and apparel includes the coincidence of cyan, magenta and yellow with black keyboards. This allows details so that the image can be viewed correctly. More specifically, this is because the keyboard allows for different shades and contrasts to form an image.

Different between 4 Color Printing and RGB Process

RGB uses less color than 4-Color Printing, but creates more colors, usually on a computer screen, and 4-Color Printing is often used for printing purposes.

How does 4-color printing differ from the simulation process?

Due to the visibility of the resulting colors, the 4-color CMYK printing is different from the simulation process. This is because the 4-color screen printing method uses a minimum amount of color to mix other colors, and the overall vitality of printing is lower than other methods. Compared to the lively results of the simulation process, it can be seen how the simulation process produces more exciting color effects, and CMYK creates a milder, lighter version. Another major difference is that the simulation process can be used for lighter and darker materials, while the 4-color process is specific for white clothing and the like.

Some Tricks to Help You Print Photorealistic Images

The Right Mesh Count. Your print is only as good as the screen you use. The mesh count is an important factor in determining the amount of screen-printing ink deposited, as well as the amount of detail the screen can hold. The higher the mesh count, the finer the holes are on the screen, allowing finer detail. In contrast, if you have a design with extremely high detail, a lower mesh screen won’t hold any of the fine lines, causing a lack of detail in the finished product. Four-color process screen printing typically warrants the use of a 305 mesh count considering it is very fine, allowing for extremely high detail textile printing.

Ink Selection. The great thing about screen-printing inks is that you don’t have to look very far for what you need. Four-color process screen printing requires the use of “process” inks. Simple enough! Process inks are semi-transparent and unlike regular plastisol, formulated for four-color process printing.

Strong Color Separations. Color separation is exactly as it sounds. You are breaking an image down into four main colors–cyan, magenta, yellow, and black. This allows for professional prints. This part of the screen-printing process is where you will need to take the most time to make sure everything is correct before moving forward. If you don’t take the time to make sure your settings are right in your separation software, you will deal with frustrating production errors that will eat up your time later in the studio.

Light or Dark Garments. The CMYK process works best on white-colored garments, but that doesn’t limit you to only white garments. If you are going to print on dark garments you will need to put down a white underbase to ensure that all your colors shine through. If you were to print on a dark shirt without a white underbase, the final product will look dull. While this extra step to the process may seem intimidating, the process itself is simple and will save you from frustration in the long run.

Based on these limitations, we’ve found that CMYK is most appropriate for printing images that are:

Cartoony or fantastic graphics.

Washed out or distressed full color graphics.

Full Color on a budget where accurate reproduction isn’t as important.

Heavily processed or saturated images where memory colors have already been tweaked.

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