Printing Two Underbases

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Break the rules and print two underbases as opposed to simply hitting your base twice. It works beautifully and it’s great for adding depth to your images.

It’s not something many people think about doing but printing two different underbases on top of one another is a great way to add depth to your prints. In this video, I’ll show you what to look for when I employ this technique.

Of course, this is not something you’re going to want to do to everything. It’s only suited for a certain few specific types of images, which I explain in the video itself soooo….

Using Two Underbases in Photoshop For Screen Printing

Watch this video on YouTube.

Notes About Printing Two Underbases

  • Make sure you have room on the press. I know this sounds ridiculous but it’s always a factor and at times, can be overlooked.
  • When prepping the separations, pull your second underbase back using levels so that its edges do not end where the first base’s edges end. This will help keep the fade off onto the tee nice and smooth.
  • Hit the bases wet on wet, then flash. No need to flash in-between.

Have fun with this and don’t be afraid to step outside of what you’ve been traditionally shown in screen-printing. Doing so might help you find some creative ways to achieve your own great prints and techniques! That’s part of the fun of screen-printing!

And remember, printing two underbases doesn’t lend itself to every image. So don’t go putting two underbases on everything you sep!

Have Your Own Special Techniques?

Share them! Leave a comment below and share the techniques you use that you’re proud of! It helps everyone who stops by to read this site and being a part of a conversation is a great way to gain new knowledge for yourself.

Ben Lindsey
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Ben Lindsey is a 15-year veteran of the apparel and licensing industry. He continues to educate, consult and produce high-end color separations for clients around the globe.

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