Simulated process is the preferred method used to screen print artwork containing gradients, paintings and photo-realistic imagery. Through the use of halftones, optical illusions, and screen print voodoo magic, your eye is tricked into seeing more colors than are actually being printed. To understand the basics of any process printing, you’ll need to understand halftones.
Halftones are a series of dots created at various sizes to reproduce color gradation in artwork. Below is an example of a one color halftone reproduction.
If your artwork has more colors, it will require more screens. For example, we used 6 colors to create the print below. All of the gradients were created by using halftones to “blend” the different colors into one another. From a short distance, this “blending” gives the illusion of many more colors being used, but that’s just your eyes being tricked. Upon closer inspection, you can actually see the halftones of the various colors. See, we told you it was magic.
Simulated process can range from extremely simple to extremely complicated. A line of text with a gradient of the rainbow is technically simulated process and yet, so is this 7 color example. With 40+ years of combined experience, we not only have the technical expertise to execute simulated process prints, but we even use water-based + discharge inks to do so, giving you an eye-catching print that feels like part of the shirt.