Yay for CMYK

Screen printing can be a flat process, but there are a few ways you can achieve a photographic and/or painterly quality to your prints. One way is through the CMYK process, where the artwork is separated into four colors – Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, and BlacK – and into tiny dots at different angles that when printed together recreate the original artwork.

We did some CMYK printing recently for a print job that required the reproduction of an original drawing on posters and flyers for an upcoming art show. We worked with this drawing by John Brown:

Drawing by John Brown

Drawing by John Brown

And separated it into four colors/CMYK with the help of our pal Illustrator so that we could retain the softness and sketchy quality of the drawing. What we ended up with was this, Cyan and Magenta and Yellow on their own:

The Cyan, Magenta and Yellow layers

The Cyan, Magenta and Yellow layers

Which when printed together, on top of each other, gives us this:

Cyan --> Magenta --> Yellow --> Black

Cyan --> Magenta --> Yellow --> Black

The drawing was not only separated into colors, but also turned into tiny dots, allowing it to be screen printable:

And in the end we have posters and flyers promoting Paintings & Drawings by John Brown: