This class will introduce you to the basics of creating graphics for screen printed garments using vector art drawing programs.

It is important that you understand the essentials of vector art drawing because over 80 percent of screen printed garment designs are created using these programs.

This class was designed to help you, the beginning artist, produce designs that screen print beautifully and efficiently while creating satisfied customers who will return to your shop.


"Vector Art for Beginners" will cover:

  • Setting artwork print size, colors, register marks, and essential information you need to set up your graphics in preparation to print
  • An overview of the main "Tools" in your software and basic instruction on how to use those tools
  • Creating vector-based artwork and using vector designs from outside sources (example: clip art or vector services)
  • Learning about printing needs like the Choke, Butt, and Trap in registration, and how and where to use these features.
  • Step-by-step follow-along instructions for creating an under-base or ink-primer layer, and understanding the overlaying colors
  • Working with customer-provided artwork, including a step-by-step follow-along sample job provided to the students
  • Creating quality film positives using the RIP software
  • Working with screen printing limitations on the graphics

Students will be given set-up files and practice-job files to use in a follow-along style of learning.

Students are expected to bring their working laptop with Adobe Illustrator or Corel Draw and RIP software installed, tested, and functioning.

Classes will start at 9:00 am and typically run until 4:30/5:00 PM with a lunch break.