The #1 Way to Learn About Vintage Printing
If simulating old printing is a desirable outcome, then understanding how print is actually produced is essential. You can certainly read about it, but here’s an idea — it’s FREE and I’ve done it myself on many occasions. Visit a printer!
Call and ask or simply pop in for a quick a tour! You’ll smell the ink, and if you’re lucky, you’ll see (and hear!) the presses running. No printer near you? The next time you’re on vacation, find a local printer at your destination!
I’ve visited printshops in Chicago, Pittsburgh, Hong Kong and more. The last one I toured was a little print shop outside Tampere, Finland. They had an Original Heidelberg Platen Press dating from 1914 and it’s still in use. The pressman started it up for me and fed it some paper so I could see it working. It was like seeing the Nessy the Loch Ness Monster cross the street in front of me. I treasure the memory of seeing that press. So, find a print shop and (nicely) stick your foot in the door.
An Easy Way to Get Realistic Halftone Effects Digitally
In the meantime, add complex tone and variety to your art WITHOUT buying expensive boards, weird alchemical liquids or cutting and gluing fidgety bits of printed plastic. The DupliTone halftone brush pack lets you do that. Keep your destination (screen or print, high quality or low quality) in mind as you set to work so your halftones reproduce the way you intend, whether your desire is to make something smooth and clean or clogged and grungy.
The final piece of advice is to have a plan and add your tone a little at a time. A modest amount of DupliTone can go a long way. You can now easily paint whole tonal scenes – or my preference, use halftones as an accent. Any way you cut it, it’s never been cheaper or faster to add halftones. How good? That’s up to you!