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4-Color Silkscreen Prints

4-Color Silkscreen Prints

Learning CMYK printing has been daunting—my first attempt was a mess. But I was determined to master the entire process—from mixing the inks to be just the right consistency, to ensuring every step is taken for precise registration, and applying the right amount of pressure at the correct angle on the squeegee as I'm pulling ink onto the image.

An early attempt.

To make the halftone separations, I use Adobe Photoshop, guided by documentation provided by the print shop staff. Each of the four separations is laser printed onto vellum; the image in black is then shot onto a silkscreen coated in emulsion on a light table. After the image has been washed out, I set up the screen and mix the ink with a transparent base and some water, and finally get to print one color. This is repeated 3 more times!  Although the process is labor-intensive, hand-printing photos I’ve taken around the world has been truly rewarding. These were printed in the summer and fall of 2015.