Screen printing has long been a method for creating hundreds of copies of an image, with its earliest examples coming from China around 1,000 years ago. The very fact that it’s cheap and mass-produced led to its popularisation by Andy Warhol. More recently, the imperfect production process has been to its credit, as it means each copy is, in its own way, an original.
To make a screen print you need to block out areas of a mesh to create a negative version of your original design; this determines where the ink will be pushed through. You then use a squeegee to transfer ink through a woven mesh onto whatever surface you like. For each new colour, a new template is needed and by combining several layers of ink, different effects can be achieved. We’re going to show you how to create this effect in Photoshop.
Scan your drawings and separate the colours to create individual layers for each.
Put a paper texture in the background and don’t forget to make sure all layers are set to Multiply.
Use a scanned square of paper to make a frame. Do this before misaligning the layers.
Add the texture to the layers. As they’re all flat colour you can also play around with the hue to suit.
Move, warp and transform the layers to create the misaligned look or overlap to make new colours.
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