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Some advice about T-shirts. (I've been in the business over 20 years).
Always use "spot" colors (Pantones) so they will separate on the screens. (In Illustrator do use CMYK color mode, but select spot colors). You can create tints of the spot colors to make additional shades too.
If the design is going to be printed on colored T-shirts and white is an element used in the design, you should pick some off the wall spot color to represent white so that you will get a color separation for the white screen. Just tell your printer that you used "lime green" for the white screen.
Don't use Photoshop for designs that call for line art. It doesn't color separate. Do use Photoshop if the shirt is a photographic image to be printed in the photo process method of silk screen.
Actually, for T shirts (or any other imprint method that can handle half tone tints) I prefer Macromedia Freehand which lets you set the line screen for individual design elements separately! Amazing stuff, but often quite necessary when dealing with silk screen. I just finished doing artwork for some plastic sports bottles that the customer only wanted to pay for one color, but the design called for three colors. I just used Freehand's halftone screen feature to set the two tints of the color (in this case it was red at 20% and red at 40%) to different line screens. The "big dots-little dots" did a good job of defining the other "colors".
Best of luck
Last edited by Swampy; 08-20-2005 at 04:14 PM.