Screenprinting Photographs

We often get asked if we can screenprint photographs. The answer is yes, but it looks very different than a digital print. In order to print a full colour image, we need to separate the image into 4 layers – CMYK or Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, and Black. These layers are first halftoned and then layered on top of each other. As the colours overlap, they create other colours – for example blue and yellow make green.

You can see from the example below how a screenprinted photograph differs from a digitally printed photograph.

screenprinting photographs at Kid Icarus

halftoning

You can see from the example below that this postcard was printed using yellow, cyan, magenta and black layers. The finished postcard is on the bottom right.

4 colour CMYK separation screenprinting at Kid Icarus

screenprinting photographs at Kid Icarus