I'm new to pad printing. Is it possible to do a halftone print with a pad printer? Basically a gray scale photo on a coffe mug is what I would like to do.
I have just printed a coffee mug with a grayscale photo quite successfully. I have put a photo in the gallery on our company website if you would like to have a look.
If you have any questions feel free to ask.
Very nice! (nice picture to print, as well) Care to enlighten us with some tips and tutorial on printing halftones?
Anyone know where we can learn about more of the "advanced" techniques of pad printing, such as half tones and process colors? I would like to read up on these techniques in regards to pad printing. Everything I find is for some other kind of printing. Everything from artwork to the final print would be appreciated.
Thanks for the comments.
There are a number of articles on this site that give details regarding process colour printing include the recommended line screens and angles to use for pad printing.
The trick is getting the original art into the right format to be processed and output in a useable format from your postscript printer or imagesetter. I tend to use halftones more these days to 'selectively' apply screen images to plates. For example when you have a design to print with fine text and also a large block of colour, i will put a fine screen image (halftone) on the block area to prevent the doctor blade 'scooping out'. Leaving the fine text as a spot colour keeps the edge definition high and eliminates the need to expose the plates twice.
A site i found really useful when i was experimenting and learning about halftones and colour separations was screenprinters.net. Althought most of the articles are related to t-shirt printing, the theories apply equally to pad printing. Take a look at http://www.screenprinters.net/articles/ and hopefully you will find it as useful as i did.
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