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Please take time to go over this page thoroughly so you understand what is required to have a good learning experience. Once you have had a chance to review, feel free to call or email with any additional questions before submitting your file(s).

File is due a minimum of 2 days prior to workshop to confirm printability.

File Guidelines

Your art will be output as a B&W film positive during the workshop. The purpose of the film positive is to block the light during the exposure process leaving unexposed emulsion that is washed out, creating the stencil and allowing that specific color of ink to pass through the screen mesh onto the paper or fabric. This is why the image must be 100% solid black.

Fabric files for either workshop: art no larger than 10"x12"
set your file page/art board size to 11"x17"

Paper file for Saturday workshop: art no larger than 12"x16"
set your file page/art board size to 13"x19"

File Dimensions: Your image should be created at 100% size printing, and when you are ready to submit the film, the overall file dimension (canvas size/art board/page size/etc.), should be set to print on one of the standard sizes of film listed above. For fabric make sure your art fits on your shirts.

General Line Thickness: Lines should be a minimum of 1pt in thickness. In Photoshop, at 300dpi, 1pt = around 5 pixels.

Art as a Positive: Whatever is black will be the ink color and will be used to expose the stencil for printing. Please do not reverse, invert, mirror, etc. the image. The black image will be what you print, although you can pick any color to print with.

We will go over the basics of file setup in the workshop so don't worry if some of this doesn't make sense. Do the best you can and I will confirm what you submit will work well for the learning process.

Please review Ink Lounge Image Rights Policy to make sure your image adheres to the studio image usage policy.

For those that are fluent in creating digital images, below is more detailed information to help out.

Questions? (303) 321-7101 or stuart@inklounge.com

File Upload Form

Raster Settings

Raster images are created with pixels using programs such as Photoshop, Procreate, etc. They can start as imported photos, scanned illustrations, or  drawing direct on your tablet or computer. Please use these file settings when finalizing the file for film output.

File DPI: Confirm file is set to 300dpi at 100% printing size.

Canvas Size: Adjust canvas size to match film output size if necessary.

Layers: Discard all unused layers and flatten file.

Color Mode: Convert to greyscale or bitmap halftone.

Color Density: Confirm entire image is set to 100% black, with no greytones unless you are converting to a halftone (more details).

File Format: Save final file as a PNG or JPG. Do not use program's export feature as it often defaults back to 72dpi/RGB.

Vector Settings

Vector images are created with drawing tools using programs such as Illustrator, CorelDRAW, InDesign, etc. Vector images are also scalable which allows them to scale and lines will stay sharp. Please use these file settings when finalizing the file for film output.

Fonts: Convert all fonts to shapes using the Create Outlines.

Canvas Size: Adjust canvas size to match film output size if necessary.

Layers: Discard all unused layers and additional artboards.

Color Mode:  Set file to CMYK and swatches to either Greyscale 100% black or acceptable to set black swatch as CMYK (0c/0m/0y/100k).

Color Density: Confirm entire image is set to 100% black, with no greytones unless you are converting to a halftone (more details).

File Format: Save final file as a AI or PDF with no color conversion.

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