Printmaking 101: Four-Color Process

I’m now taking an advanced printmaking class this quarter and basically it is studio hours where you can do whenever you want to create a beautiful larger size print!

I learned a new technique called 4-color process which I didn’t get a chance to learn last quarter. I learned about half-tone process instead. I was told that it’s not an easy process. I remember the first time I tried and it didn’t work. Only two colors came out, so I had to start all over again. This time it worked! It made me so curious to experiment more of this technique.

Here is the result of the second print –


It came out nice. You must wonder how it works, right? Basically you need 4 plates that have CMYK colors. I had 4 different films to print out that show all the half-tone color (black one) that represents each color, then expose them on the UV exposure machine and then develop them for 9 minutes. My professor said we have to remember the steps for color to overlap which is the YMCA song, which I found funny.

Here is the picture of each plate to overlap to make a beautiful print –


If you really like to experiment a new field, then printmaking is one of the classes that you can experiment all variety of fine arts/photography etc. to make a beautiful print! 🙂

About Aileen

Name: Aileen (Ally) Wu

Major: Graphic Design

Hometown: Flushing, N.Y.

Why I chose RIT: RIT provides outstanding access services for deaf and hard-of-hearing students, and also has a great graphic design program that I wanted to pursue.

Clubs/Activities: Asian Deaf Club (collaborated events with Global Union, Asian Culture Society, Chinese Student Scholar Association, Deaf International Student Association and Pi Delta Psi), NTID Student Congress, and cashier/stocker at  The Market at RIT’s Global Village.

Hobbies/Interests: Designing/sketching, reading design inspiration blogs, hanging out with friends and working. Anything to keep me busy!

What I like best about RIT: I love the diversity here, and that I can interact with people from both the deaf and hard-of-hearing, and hearing worlds. I get the best of both worlds.

Favorite T.V. Shows: “Grimm,” “Law & Order: SVU,” “Cold Case” and “CSI.”

Fun fact about me: I’m a 24-year cancer survivor!

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