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Is there a way to produce screens that create a gradient effect? Answered

I want to print some of my artwork onto t-shirts using silk screens. How do I create a screen that will produce a gradient effect?


yeah, when you go to squeege the ink across, pour one color on the left side, leave a small gap, and pour the next color on the right. than when you squeege they blend and create a gradient. its called a "split-fountain". ive only seen it on paper so who knows how it goes on paper.

If you're looking for a two color gradient, a trick I heard from an amazing screen printer, Jay Ryan, is to pour two colors of ink and then press them together to create a gradient.  It produces a really cool effect: www.thebirdmachine.com/detail.php - I'm sure it takes a whole lot of practice to get it to look that good, but it is possible.

Thanks so much for all your suggestions!!

If you're silk screening, and use the right chemicals, it should make a gradient on it's own, no?

huh? there is no emulsion that accepts gray scale values without the use of halftones. if you want a gradient, you have to use halftones on your transparency. the halftones used by the printer are way to small to work.

1.You can use screen halftone ,the smaller the dots the smoother the gradient ,
If u find a decent image of halftone in b/w on the web or have use of photoshop you can create your own half tone .See this for more info about screen halftones and also how to create them in photoshop :


2.When you are happy with the haltone and the way you have incorporated it into your own design ,print it in black onto acetate using a photocopier (you can get his from most good stationary or art shops ) onto 2 x A3 or A4 sheets (depending on the size of your design)
3.Stick the two sheets together with tape so that the two images match (or in print terms, register).to make one final stencil.
Note :At least two layers are required to to get a really dark image for exposure on normal photocopiers .This is because darker stencils produce the best quality exposure the idea is to block out as much light as possible when exposing your screen to get a crisp print .

If you are feeling rich there are specialists who will be able to print stencils with a special ink that is 100% opaque however this is quite expensive and depends on how much you wish to reuse the stencil.

4.Place the sheets of acetate stencil over your screen on top of the photo emulsion to expose .Follow the normal process for exposure and final screen printing process.

Hope this helps !