Art & Separations for Screen Printed Apparel (Fairfax, VA)

December 2 to 3, 2019
Fairfax, VA

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SGIA Member  $336.75
Non Member    $449

Who Should Attend

Apparel Decorators


Johnny Shell

Tired of struggling with art and separations in your shop? Having problems creating screen print friendly art? Streamline your creative and production art process by learning from one of the masters! Dane Clement will step through each phase of the process to get you on the right track to success! Dane will cover some creative design basics to produce eye-popping prints and cover the secrets of producing separations for any type of printing. You’ll learn how to work with popular graphic applications to handle simple vector art through more advanced separation techniques like 4-color process and simulated process.



Dane Clement has become one of the most well-respected and recognized computer graphic artists in the apparel decoration industry. As the president of Great Dane Graphics—the only stock art supplier to offer full color, high-resolution files for multiple garment decorating processes—he gained international recognition for his highly detailed, full-color artwork collections, now totaling 8 books.

It was his artistic ability, creativity and garment decoration knowledge that caught the eyes and ears of GroupeSTAHL and led to his present position as Vice President of Art & Creative Process for GroupeSTAHL.

As a well-known industry educator who conducts seminars at Imprinted Sportswear Shows, DAX, and SGIA, Dane is also a regular columnist for multiple trade publications. He has taken his knowledge around the world as an international consultant, helping art departments work smoothly and efficiently. Valued for his artwork experience and expertise, Dane is also a respected judge for the Impressions Awards and the SGIA Golden Image Awards.

In 2008, he authored T-shirt Artwork Simplified, in Adobe and Corel, a how-to book on creating artwork for decorating apparel. He has created various training videos teaching how to handle the most common artwork related problems. He has written Artwork for Vinyl Cutting books, in both Adobe and Corel, that teaches how to create artwork that is easy, quick and efficient when producing heat printed designs.


Day 1

9:00 AM - Introductions 

9:15 AM -
 Design Basics
  • Making Better Designs
  • Working with Color
  • File Formats
  • Fonts
  • Before Designing 
10:30 AM - Break

10:45 AM -
 Art Room Equipment
  • Computer
  • Scanner
  • Graphic Software
  • Proofing Printers
  • Digitizing Tablets 
12:00 PM - Lunch

1:00 PM - 
Managing the Art Process
  • Vector/Raster
  • Working with Freelance Artists
  • Working with Contract Artists
  • Art Department Staffing/Skills
  • Creative Environment
  • Creative Process
  • Charging for Artwork
  • Using Clip Art
  • Documentation 
Day 2

9:00 AM - Vector Artwork
  • Simple 1-Color Vector
  • Vector Underbasing
  • Vector Gradients
  • Vector Type on a Path
  • Multi-Outline Effect
  • Distressed Effects
  • Recreating Art 
10:30 AM - Break

10:45 AM -
 Raster Artwork
  • Starting and Setting Up a Raster Image
  • Photoshop Layer Styles
  • Drop Shadows
  • Raster Type on a Path
  • Stock Art
  • Removing Backgrounds
  • Creating white/black Backgrounds
  • Paths
  • Raster Distressed Effects
  • Working with Photos 
12:00 PM - Lunch

1:00 PM - 
Separations for Screen Printing
  • Vector Separations
  • Halftones
  • Templates
  • DCS 2.0/PDF
  • Printing Separations to Film/CTS
3:30 PM - Printing Demonstration

Air Travel Plans

If you are traveling by air, plan to arrive the day before the workshop begins. We recommend you do not schedule a flight departure before 6:00 pm on the last day of the class.

Fairfax, Virginia is a suburb of Washington, D.C. and is served by three major airports. It is strongly recommended that you book flights through Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD), located approximately 15 miles from Fairfax. A second option is Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA), located approximately 18 miles from Fairfax. The third option is Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI), which is approximately 50 miles from Fairfax.


Residence Inn Fairfax City

3565 Chain Bridge Rd, Fairfax, VA 22030
2.3 miles from SGIA (7 mins)

Holiday Inn Express

10327 Fairfax Blvd, Fairfax, VA 22030
2.3 miles from SGIA (7 mins)

Courtyard by Marriott Fair Oaks

11220 Lee Jackson Memorial Highway, Fairfax, VA 22030
2.6 miles from SGIA (8 mins)

Comfort Inn University Center

11180 Fairfax Blvd, Fairfax, VA 22030
2.8 miles from SGIA (9 mins)

SpringHill Suite Fairfax Fair Oaks

11191 Waples Mill Rd, Fairfax, VA 22030
3.4 miles from SGIA (10 mins)

Fairfax Marriott at Fair Oaks

11787 Lee Jackson Memorial Hwy, Fairfax, VA 22033
6.1 miles from SGIA (13 mins)

Best Western Fairfax

3535 Chain Bridge Rd, Fairfax, VA 22030
6.2 miles from SGIA (14 mins)

Please Note: Transportation to/from SGIA is not provided. Rental cars are available at all airport locations listed above as well as ride share options.