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    Default Color Separation HELP!

    Just spent the last 9 hours trying to figure out the color separations on this. Everything I tried still seemed off. I know there has to be a way this can get separated. Right now I've got it at 3 colors on Steel Blue French Paper.

    1. White underbase
    2. Hot Pink
    3. Dark Tealish Green kinda


    Anywhere that looks black was going to be the Dark Teal overprinted on the hot pink. I've tried making the separations using channels, masks, color selections, etc, etc... My guess is that I'll need to go back and revisit the colors being used.

    I don't want to exceed 3 colors - i feel like the best posters out there are the ones that LOOK like there are way more colors being used than actually are, but I'll try anything at this point. I know this will be tough to answer without having the native files open... but any advice would be greatly appreciated.



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    Colors separated into 3 screens - halftones (white way too blown out):


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    I can sep it for you. 20 minutes.

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    Real quick:

    I'd ditch the color paper and use white, with all white struck out.

    1. Steel Blue
    2. Very transparent dark teal-ish
    3. Very transparent flo red
    4. Black

    That said, I don't think your version looks bad. Just remember the white lettering won't be anywhere near as brilliant as an ink over a dark background, as it would be struck out to white paper.

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    Thanks Dan - you're right about the paper.

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    dan smells

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    Dan. I'm so sorry. That wasn't me. That was Josh Rickun.

    So sorry.

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    Okay, so below are the new seps along with the original again. Only took me about a month to wrap my head around. I pushed more of the pattern in the sky and the magenta in the water than I had in the original. Also switched the paper to white from Steel Grey, lot more trapping too. This still has the potential for being a nightmare to print - but overall I'm pretty happy with the seps. Thanks again to Josh + Dan for all the help and advice.

    4 colors:

    Magenta
    Grey
    Teal
    Black




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    One color goes on top of the other except for when they don't.

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    Great point you make Richie.

    Yes.

    One color DOES go on top of the other except for when it doesn't.


    But...

    There were a lot of effects on here that I thought would be easy enough to separate using channels, and it turns out I was really wrong. But after a month and another five hours last night - I finally got it to work the way it was meant to look. High-fived myself all the way to bed even.

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    I'm trying to get a grasp on paper printing. I'm from the textile world. So i was wondering do you use underbasing like we do on t-shirts? Is it used all the time or to achieve a desired effect?

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