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The following guidelines are meant to assist you in having a good experience. Some of the information may make you scratch your head, but once you take the workshop many of the things below will be more clear.
Please review all specifications before submitting your file. If you need assistance please call (303) 321-7101 or email with any questions. Please also review the design tips to make sure what you create will work well for the process.
File Due 5 Days Prior to Workshop
This enables me to confirm printability. You also have the option of using an image from a selection of files I have on hand the day of the workshop.
Please Note: You are required to send a file or choose art from the selection in order to keep the workshops on time, as we do not create art on site. If you do not submit a file you will be required to choose from Ink Lounge files.
Art Size: all workshop images have a maximum size of approximately 10x13 inches, unless otherwise confirmed prior to workshop.
Art as a Positive: whatever is black will be the ink color and will be used to expose the stencil for printing. No need to reverse, invert, mirror, etc. The black image will be what you print, although you can pick any color to print with.
File Color: file submitted must be solid black with no grey tones, as that will effect the exposure process. Full color illustrations or photos are not permitted.
File DPI (dots per inch): images must be sent at 100% size you want to print it, all files should be a minimum of 150dpi. For best results 300dpi.
File Formats: PDF, JPG, AI, PSD, EPS are all acceptable and I use the Adobe Creative Suite.
Layers: for people learning the paper process your file needs to be set up in 2 layers with each color on it's own layer. Fabric process is only 1 color, but you will see a demo on 2-color.
Image Rights • Please take a moment to review our image rights policies.
Line Width: please keep your lines 1pt and larger, especially for fabric printing. If drawing by hand, 1 ink pen line is too thin, but 2-3 thicknesses and you'll be fine. In Photoshop, at 300dpi and 100% size, 5 pixels is about 1pt.
Solids: for beginning printers I recommend not using large solid areas. Large text, patterns, and thick line illustrations all work great.
Fonts: if you are designing in Adobe Illustrator and have text in your file, please convert all fonts to shapes. If working in a text program, Microsoft Word or Adobe InDesign, please send file as a PDF. Adobe Photoshop, send as a rasterized jpg.
Paper or Fabric*?
Don't forget to select either paper or fabric for the workshop as the screen mesh and printing is slightly different. You will print your image as either 6 fabric prints, 1-side (fabric not included), or 8 - 10x13 paper prints (paper is included where we print on 4-8 different colors). Fabric registration and printing will be taught on a 1-arm fabric press, paper registration and printing will taught using table clamps. Everyone should get to see a little of both depending on how the class is split.
*Please Note: For fabric printing, your 6 items must all be the same type of item, so bring all T-shirts, or all tea towels, or all tote bags, etc. Please do not mix item types as registration and printing is different for different types of items. Please make items are flat for the printing area – no zippers, pockets, textured items as you will get unexpected results. For T-shirts, various sizes is OK within an age group (all adult, all youth, etc.) and a reminder that you will only be printing on 1 side.
We have aprons for you to wear, but don't wear your fancy pants. Comfy shoes are also good as we're standing for most of the workshop. Snacks and beverages are fine to bring, but no alcohol. We do our best to keep on time, please make sure you are here and ready to go by start time. Any questions, just give us a call at (303) 321-7101 or send an email. Thanks!
Entrance & Parking
Our main entrance is located on the west side of the building, accessible through the alley. PLEASE NOTE: Alley entrance is only accessible from Ellsworth, between Fox and Galapago. Look for the big sign!
There are 3 spots available plus a 15 minute drop off/pick up spot. If they are full you can also street park and walk down the alley.
File Upload Form
PLEASE NOTE: For school workshops please contact your teacher to have them submit all files at once.
Workshop Cancellation Policy
There are no refunds, but we have several options that are listed on individual workshop pages.