Computer Printmaking is a form of paper lithography, typically created by designing images on the computer in Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. Images are created in layers, and printed out layer by layer individually on polyester plates. Each polyester plate gets treated with a gum and water solution which reacts with the printed ink to form sections of resist and non-resist. This interaction of oil and water is the basis of traditional printmaking. After the gum and water step is complete, ink is rolled up onto the surface of the plate which now only bonds to the printed image surface, and is subsequently printed using a traditional printing press onto a single sheet of paper or fabric.
In the Computer Printmaking Course, students are asked to create all their images under one overarching theme, unique to them. The first quarter of this course was intended to teach students skills in Illustrator, while the second quarter was intended to teach students skills in Photoshop. The final diptych was a culmination of the students’ knowledge of both Photoshop and Illustrator. While some students were not able to access this software for the second quarter, all students focused their creativity into producing works in a variety of media forms. Represented here are the best works of each of the Computer Printmaking students. Please click on the thumbnail to see the image in full detail.