Classic printing techniques such as screen printing rely on old school techniques to mix inks to form a colourful design. One of those methods is to directly overprint two colours on top of each other as a subtractive mix to provide additional hues alongside the primary ink colours. Typically this effect is produced at the printing stage, but similar effects can be replicated digitally in Photoshop and Illustrator. This showcase features 30 fantastic designs where the classic overprint effect is prominently used, resulting in interesting blends of text and images.

Wolf & Lion by Joshua M. Smith

Wolf & Lion by Joshua M. Smith

Broad Strokes by Jamie Rickett

Broad Strokes by Jamie Rickett

Pirate Republic by Ryan Feerer

Pirate Republic by Ryan Feerer

Greeting Card by Make Good Things Happen

Greeting Card by Make Good Things Happen

Crawfish Boil by Ryan Harrison

Crawfish Boil by Ryan Harrison

Love & Creativity by Ryan Frease

Love & Creativity by Ryan Frease

Work / Play by iamalwayshungry

Work / Play by iamalwayshungry

Tick Tock Boom by Mitchell Thompson

Tick Tock Boom by Mitchell Thompson

I Have No Idea by JHEMINGTON

I Have No Idea by JHEMINGTON

Fake 82 by Mark Weaver

Fake 82 by Mark Weaver

Frightened Rabbit Poster by withayou

Frightened Rabbit Poster by withayou

Summit Brewing Co. by Aesthetic Apparatus

Summit Brewing Co. by Aesthetic Apparatus

Roman Candle by Doublenaut

Roman Candle by Doublenaut

Lover! Gig Poster by Mart Infanger

Lover! Gig Poster by Mart Infanger

Jack of Heart Gig Poster by Mart Infanger

Jack of Heart Gig Poster by Mart Infanger

The Feeling of Love by Mart Infanger

The Feeling of Love Gig Poster by Mart Infanger

Heirlooms Gig Poster by Brian Cook

Heirlooms Gig Poster by Brian Cook

Cute Lepers, Modern Pets by Fancy Art Club

Cute Lepers, Modern Pets by Fancy Art Club

Artcrank 2012 by Allan Peters

Artcrank 2012 by Allan Peters

Awesome Awesomeness by 55 Hi’s

Awesome Awesomeness by 55 Hi's

Never Let Me Go by Emory Allen

Never Let Me Go by Emory Allen

Bird Dog & Bird by strawberryluna

Bird Dog & Bird by strawberryluna

More we. Less tea by Northcoast Zeitgeist

More we. Less tea by Northcoast Zeitgeist

Josh Ritter by Shawn Hileman

Josh Ritter by Shawn Hileman

Mustard Overprint by Jonathan Schmitt

Mustard Overprint by Jonathan Schmitt

Shapes of Cities Screenprints by Yoni Alter

Shapes of Cities Screenprints by Yoni Alter

Knight by JooHee Yoon

Knight by JooHee Yoon

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  1. “Typically this effect is produced at the printing stage, but similar effects can be replicated digitally in Photoshop and Illustrator.”
    Please tell me how to fake it!

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  2. Wow! these are really great! – reminds me of my ‘old school’ days in the printing industry – old is new again :)

    One thing I would like to point out is that when overlaying two halftones, it is more effective if the screening is done at different angles. ie. 45deg. for the most prominent colour and 75deg. for the other.

    Otherwise you get ‘clashing’ (moire effect). It would be interesting to see the cyan, magenta wolf & lion with this taken into consideration.

    Nevertheless, cool designs.

    Cheers, Steve.

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  3. Chris, another awesome post.

    I always love seeing your inspirational posts – they’re usually a bit more colorful than most blogs’ posts like this one. :)

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  4. Remember being enthused by Morning breath when they emerged. Never quite got around to exploring the how too. Your post has re ignited the interest, not sure why I didn’t try this earlier. Another trick in the bag!
    Thanks Chris.

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  5. I have to say thank you Chris. I found after a time, looking for interesting design on the net, you’d always keep turning up…so I thought, “What am I doing?, I need to subscribe” ….and this, being the first email…..just makes me so glad I did. Nice one mate. Excellent stuff as always. Cheers.

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  6. Chris these are amazing designs! Your Blog is the first one that I have come across that really feeds my “I want to know MORE” hunger. I am looking forward to your future post and this has to be the most valuable subscription I have ever made!

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