4 Ways to Make Transparency Film Positives for Screen Printing at Home for Cheap. The film transparency positive seems to be the biggest barrier for people just getting into screen printing from home.In this tutorial I’m going to show you some ways to acquire a quality film positive with some creative low tech solutions. Lets get started.
1. Have them printed by a professional service.
This will be the easiest way for you to acquire a quality film positive. If you don't want to mess around with making a film follow the link in the description to have the film printed by a professional service.If you take care of them and don't get them wet they can last for dozens of screens. I have included a link to a site that prints and sell film positives in the description below. http://www.anthemprintingsf.com/Film-Output-Services-s/232.htm
2. Hand Cut Stencils.
If you have some freehand or tracing skills this is a very good option for making a film, Print a image that you want to print on a shirt. solid graphics and text are the way to go with this method.
grab some paper and cut out the graphic,
lay the stencil over onto the flat side of the screen reading backward and tape graphic to the screen, now you want to tape of the remaining open areas in the screen. When your done with that load some ink into the screen, load a scrap shirt and do a print the stencil with stick to the bottom of the screen after the first print, allowing you to do small runs with this method.
big bold graphics, short run projects, custom 1 of a kind prints.
does not hold up on long runs.
can’t do fine detail for shit.
3. Hand painted films.
This method can work surprisingly well, if you take the time to build up a solid stencil. Purchase some water proof films from one of the thousands of screen print suppliers out there. Grab a paintbrush and some flat black acrylic paint and start painting you image onto the side of the film that smudges when it gets wet. Link your thumb and index finger and pinch the film paint on the side that turns sticky.
You can print a graphic out on a piece of paper and lay it under the film to act as a guide as you paint.
Reusable Film can be used multiple times if you take care of it.
You are only limited by your ability to paint
4. Hand Cut Rubylith.
Warning this stuff has become rare as shit. I found a few sheets on eBay I ordered them, sat on my ass, until the ups guy delivered them. Effectively making this seemingly simple tutorial take almost 3 weeks to shoot.
Print out your graphic on standard printer and tape it to a cutting board, like this
Cut a piece of rubylith, place it over the graphic and tape it down
Grab an exacto knife and start stenciling the image out. Keep red were the black part of the image is, the red film acts as a uv blocker, removing the red film allows the UV light to harden the emulsion.
Creates a great reusable stencil for burning an image into photosensitive emulsion
Fairly complex graphics can be created with steady hands and some patience.
Reusable, better for lining up multi color seps, because the red is transparent.
Alright so you now have 4 ways to create a Film Positive without any equipment investment, You're welcome, Punch the thumbs up, Hit subscribe, and share this with your DIY friends.
In our next video I’m going to talk about your options when buying a printer for making film positives at home.
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