Screen printing

After starting a new module in ‘Image’, we had been given the task of preparing an image for a screen print by using different features and tools in Photoshop to manipulate photos.

On Monday we were given the task of picking a suitable image with high contrast. We were aiming to change it into a halftone image which would be suitable to use for a screen print.

I chose a pair of scissors as a test to edit in Photoshop, so I was able to follow the workshop. This would then allow me to choose my own image later on instead of using an image off the internet.

After choosing an image, we opened it into Photoshop. After pasting the image into an A4 document we copied the image into 4 new layers so we could use different effects on each layer. On the first layer we pixelated the image. We chose to use the ‘Color Halftone’, and set the Max. Radius to 8 pixels. This made the image look pixelated in dots. The smaller the size of the dot, it corresponded to the light area of the photo. And the larger the size of the dot, it corresponded to the darkness of the areas of the image.


We then moved on to use the filter gallery. I tested with different filters under the ‘Sketch’ category and eventually chose to use the ‘Stamp’ effect. I adjusted the ‘Light/Dark Balance’ and the smoothness of the print. By decreasing the smoothness, the texture of the blade from the photo of the scissors made the photo look more interesting.

filter gallery.jpg

For the final effect we adjusted the levels of the image. I adjusted the ‘Black’ and ‘White’ underneath the graph to be closer together. This would adjust the image so that no tones of grey were in the image, meaning only black and white would be visible to show contrast between the light and dark areas of the image.

After testing using all the techniques in making the image halftone, I could now experiment with different effects. I chose to use the ‘Dissolve’ effect on the layer. As you can see, the ‘Stamp’ filter I used on the second layer and the pixelated layer boded well as a ‘shadow’ effect for the final image, which makes it look more dramatic. It reminds me of the pixelated effects used in comic books. I intend to use this effect for my own image when it comes to my screenprint workshop.




Author: jennifertaylorgraphics

First year student studying Graphic Communication at the Cardiff School of Art and Design

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