www.images-magazine.com JULY 2022 images 31 KB TIPS & TECHNIQUES Separations expert Tomasz Sykutera from Dragonfly Colors describes how this photorealistic design was prepared and printed Anatomy of a print www.dragonfly-colors.com www.sampro.com.pl/en All the separations were done by Tomasz in Adobe Photoshop without any plug-ins or separation software. The screens were printed on an M&R I-Image S computerto-screen imaging system. For the underbase, Sampro used Wilflex Epic Quick White, while the colours were from the Wilflex Epic Color System. The print order was: white base, flash, 431, 319, 2727, 072, 1625, flash, 3945, 160, 802, 357, black, top white, flash, clear base. The design was printed on Basic single jersey, 100% cotton T-shirts from Malfini. The emulsion used was Murakami DLE and the screens were all 120T yellow mesh. The halftone dots were printed at 65 lpi and 72 degrees. For the glossy leaves, Wilflex Epic Special Effect Clear was used with a 43 white mesh. It was printed on an M&R Gauntlet 16/18 stations press, with M&R Red Chili D Quartz Flash Dryers. The sandwich squeegees were 75/90/75 shore. My Danish client wanted to get some promotional printed garments for his coffee brand. Unfortunately, he didn’t have a good quality source file from which to create a design, so I downloaded some low-res pictures from his website. I pulled them through software to increase the resolution, sharpen the edges, and remove the noise, before creating a complex design where I added the fonts and a photograph of a sea wave. I then contacted a friendly printing house, Sampro from Łódź in Poland, to arrange the production. I chose this company because it is known for its highly trained crew and unquestionable quality of prints. Sampro also has a big enough machine to handle this project.