I am in the process of playing with some photos in Paint Shop Pro to make them into good images to send away to make into Thermofax screens. It isn’t easy to find thermofax machines in the UK and I’m so jealous of you in the US!! I’ve been meaning to do this for ages, but over the last day or so I’ve sat down and made a folder full of images on my computer from my photos.
As I have been doing this, several questions have arisen in my mind.
- Which image is printed when you screenprint with the resulting screen, the black bits or the white bits?
- What happens to the grey bits? Is it okay to have grey or should the photos be black and white?
For instance, which of the following two images would be best, and do you think they would make a good image? I’m using a photo of some mud formations in the local river because that is the theme which I’ve been working through and has been running through my mind for a while now.
This is the original photo:
I cropped it, clicked ‘adjust brightness and contrast’ and ‘effects – photo effects – black and white film’ and got this:
Then I altered the above photo and changed it to ‘image – decrease color depth – 2 colour palette’ and got the following:
My question is, really, (as well as the above two questions!) which photo will print best, or do I need to do something totally different which would work better?
I would love any feedback from people who are experienced Thermofax screen printers!! Thank you!! And any other hints and tips would be greatly appreciated too… I want to get it right first time because I can only afford a limited number of screens and there isn’t any room to experiment. And the number of photos in my Thermofax folder is already 35 which I have got to whittle down to about 5….
Anne asked in the comments about PhotoEZ screens. Has anyone used these and do you know the difference between these and the Thermofax process? And do you know if they are available in the UK?