The simulated Process is a screen printing method that generates photo-realistic, full-color images with fewer ink colors. Halftones are utilized to merge individual ink colors, resulting in a more vibrant color spectrum than traditional CMYK Process printing.

Simulated Process printing necessitates a significant amount of skill and not all screen printers provide it. At Prints R Us, we possess extensive expertise in this technique, and we offer it as a complimentary service upon request.

How Simulated Process Produces Color

The simulated Process generates color by utilizing Halftones of spot colors, which are individual colors that are not produced by blending process colors (CMYK). Spot colors are more consistent and reliable. The print produced by this technique comprises small dots that the human eye merges into a continuous tone, full-color image.

Simulated Process Printing Examples

Simulated Process Printing provides several advantages:

  • Cost Reduction – The cost of screen printing is influenced by the number of colors used, so using fewer colors decreases the expense.
  • Improved Image Clarity – Simulated Process Printing delivers better image quality than CMYK Process.
  • Wider Color Range – The utilization of individual (spot) colors broadens the range of available colors.

However, Simulated Process Printing is not suitable for every project, especially those with fine text or sharp, vector-like edges. For such designs, other printing techniques should be considered.

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