I understand the differences beteween bitmap and vector, but when it comes down to it is there a difference in quality for screen printing? Better details? I’d be every so grateful if someone with screen print experience (staff or otherwise) could enlighten me a bit.
I’ve been forcing myself to learn Illustrator, but I’ve used Photoshop almost exclusively for setting up my final print files. I recently made a text heavy design in Illustrator. When I was finished I first decided to export the entire thing to Photoshop to do my color separations. I didn’t like the results. Converting to bitmap created gaps in the small text. I had to clean these up, and still didn’t much like the look of it. I then went back and just separated the colors in illustrator, and was much happier with how neat and tidy the vectors made everything look on my screen.
Are vectors better for things like fine lines? Or am I just zooming in too closely for my own good?
My next question pertains to (shudder) halftones. It’s rather general though! I promise!
Woot decrees that if you are working in Illustrator any halftones should be left as gradients so they can do the halftones themselves. I’m not looking for a step by step tutorial, but how do they make the halftones? The one method I’ve found, if I’m understanding it correctly, basically exports each layer as a PDF and the halftones are then created in Photoshop via the means we all know and love. I realize there are also fancy illustrator plug-ins capable of making halftones as well. So I guess my question is, if I make a layer in Illustrator that uses halftones, is that layer going to be converted to a bitmap image anyway? Is everything in Illustrator converted to bitmaps before being printed? Or are halftones rendered as vectors all the way and are vectors a better way to go?
I realize Woot’s methods may be different from other screen printers, but I figured I’d ask to see if I could be doing things differently for the better.
Thanks for reading! Wasn’t it riveting? I consider myself thoroughly and properly riveted.