How To: Learn to set Type on a Letterpress

Check out this 1959 instructional film on how to manually set type on a letterpress. You can use these techniques to create posters, chapbooks, artist prints, and all kinds of D.I.Y. old school printing fun. All graphic designers and anyone working in the printing should check this out. The video demonstrates basic principles of typesetting and distribution. The film stresses the correct way of manipulating the type, spotting letters before they are chosen and the importance of following copy...

How To: Make a gelatin plate for printmaking

Food grade gelatin can be used as a printing surface. It is soft and malleable and allows for the transfer of shapes and great detail. You will need gelatin, water, a measuring spoon, a spoon, and a whisk. Watch this video printmaking tutorial and learn how to make a gelating plate.

How To: Remove gelatin from a pan for gelatin plate prints

In this tutorial, we learn how to remove gelatin from the pan. First, grab a butter knife and run along the edges of the pan slowly and accurately. Once you've done this, you will now be able to remove it from the pan. Place the gelatin softly under your hands and gently move your hands down to the bottom of the other side of the pan. Be careful not to create any cracks in the gelatin. Also, make sure you keep your hands wide so you are touching both sides and the full middle of the gelatin o...

News: Screenprint Your Tights

We've seen screenprinted t-shirts, sweatshirts, maybe even a dress or tie... but what about tights? Predicted trend forecast for 2010, these hand printed tights are available in limited quantities from designer Les Queues de Sardines. You can buy now at (my favorite) Colette, the famed French boutique, always on the forefront of fashion.

How To: Make a Cheap DIY Silkscreen for Screen-Printing Logos & Designs on T-Shirts

This is silk screen production, the cheap and easy DIY way! In order to make this easy silkscreen for making cool T-shirt logos and designs, you'll need some acrylic paint, paintbrushes, cheap net curtain (patterned or plain), vinyl sign sheets, blackboard (or cork board), and some fabric paints to paint with. Also, you'll need a CraftROBO precision cutter. Soon, you'll have your very own screen-printed tee shirt, thanks to your very own homemade silkscreen.

How To: Assemble a CD platen to screen print onto CDs

If you have ever screen printed, you most likely have been asked to print CDs. Here is a simple way to create a CD platen for under $15. This type of printing generally requires a vacuum frame, but not if you use the DIY CD Platen. It holds the CD in place extremely well and can be used to print more than one color. Print one color and let it dry completely before printing additional colors.

How To: Refresh your gelatin for more printmaking

In this how-to video, you will learn how to refresh old gelatin for print making. You will need old gelatin, a knife, spoon, blender, microwave oven, newsprint, and a pan to form gelatin in. Now, cut and blend a little of the old gelatin at a time with the knife and blender. Now, scoop the old gelatin out into a bowl and microwave for 1 to 3 minutes. It should become liquefied. Pour the bowl into a pan and leave it to harden over night. Skim off any bubbles. You can use this the next day. Thi...

How To: Output your positive film using Adobe Photoshop

Check out this instructional printmaking video that demonstrates how to output your positive film using Adobe Photoshop. This video goes over how to do a one color image and then a two color image. Create a black image on a clear, white background. Learn a few tips when using a toner enhancer on your film. Output your positive film using Photoshop with this printmaking tutorial video.

How To: Build a light table for silkscreening and photography

Josh Copp and Madeline Donahue show us how to build a light table from pine wood and plywood utilizing two fluorescent light fixtures as the light source inside the box. The frame of the box is fashioned out of two 1X8 planks cut into four pieces so that two sides are 30 inches and two sides are 22 3/8 inches. The base of the box is made of plywood or OSB and is 30X22 3/8. Once the pieces are cut and assembled using a pocket hole jig and wood screws, the inside of the box is painted with whit...

How To: Do waterless lithography

This video walks you through the steps of how to do waterless lithography. Waterless lithography is a lithographic process that does not require heavy or expensive presses or too many toxic chemicals. It is based in the idea that water and silicone don't mix.

How To: Begin drypoint printmaking

Drypoint is a printmaking technique of the intaglio family, in which an image is incised into a plate with a hard pointed needle. Then the print is made with ink and paper. Watch this video printmaking tutorial and learn how to make drypoint prints.

How To: Convert images to spot colors using Photoshop

In screen printing, Photoshop can be a powerful tool. If you have a jpg, tif, eps, or other type of file in which you can't alter, printing from Photoshop will give you too many separations. Here is a way to take a simple design in Photoshop and convert it to spot colors in order to print solid colors instead of mixing inks.

How To: Screen print your own t-shirts

This instructional video shows how to print your own t-shirt. The guys at Makezine.com & Etsy.com show you how to screen print on a t shirt. This is also called silk screening. This is another great weekend project by Make Magazine. Use any drawing you like, and make as many copies as you want (until the screen breaks that is). Watch this video tutorial and learn how to screen print your own t-shirts.

How To: Silk screen print t-shirts in four minutes

This video, which was made at Peopleprint Community Media in Rochdale, teaches how to easily silk screen print a t-shirt in only four minutes! First, design the artwork to be used for the print, then print it on acetate. Next find a clean screen. Put some emulsion in a coating trough and slowly and steadily coat the screen in emulsion. Then dry the emulsion in a dark room and expose the screen to light. Next wash the screen with water and the artwork should become visible. Mask the exposed ar...

How To: Clean up the screen after printing

Check out this instructional printmaking video that demonstrates how to clean up the screen after making a print. Now the ink used stays good forever (until heated), so go ahead and put it back in the ink container. Just scoop it up and squeegee it. It is a good idea to wear latex gloves. Follow the simple instructions outlined in this printmaking tutorial video to learn how to clean up after making a print screen.

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