Printing Two Underbases

Posted on 12 November 2013 by Ben Lindsey

Have you ever thought about printing two separate bases as opposed to simply hitting your base twice? It works and it’s great for adding some depth to your images.


It’s not something many people think about doing but printing two underbases…actually printing two separate underbases, that is, is a great way to spice up a print and add some depth to your prints. In this quick video, I’ll show you what to look for when I employ this technique.  I should add, however, this is not something you’re going to want to do to everything. It’s actually only suited for a certain few specific types of images, which I explain in the video itself soooo….

Watch this video on YouTube.

Notes About Printing Two Underbases

  • Make sure you have the 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 in order to find some creative ways to achieve your own great prints and techniques! That’s part of the fun of screen-printing!

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.

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About Ben Lindsey

Ben Lindsey has been in the t shirt business designing and separating t shirts since 2001 having served as senior designer/separator at the States' #1 licensor of rock and roll apparel as well as one of the States' top 10 high-volume screen printers as listed by Impressions Magazine. Currently running Rising Sun Graphics, he continues to provide custom t shirt designs and color separations for print shops and apparel lines around the globe.

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