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N°001 — Preparing the file

1. Click the mouse to switch into grayscale mode.

2. Mouseover along the x-axis to adjust the level of pixelation.

Today, we will be taking a look into the art of screen printing, which is also known as silkscreening.

Screen printing is a printing technique that uses a woven mesh. A stencil forms open areas of mesh that transfers inks, which can be pressed through the mesh onto a substrate. A fill blade or squeegee is moved across the screen stencil, pumping ink into the mesh openings by capillary action during the stroke.

To start, we need to prepare our file. I've created a collage using found material, but it needs to go through Photoshop before it is blocked onto our screen.

Opening up our image in Photoshop, we can break up our channels into CMYK, and then pass it through a pixelation filter set to 8 pixels. The pixel width depends on our screen. For our mesh density, this number is perfect.