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    Default How do I do color separations?

    How do I do color separations in illustrator or photshop.... ugh, I need help!

    Thanks!

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    need more information
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    ok... I have a 2 color photoshop file. Black, And Hot pink... going to be on a white blackground.

    Actually, The file is in 3 forms, Illustrator (default), photoshop (default) and a jpeg file.

    It has been flattened.
    So it has no layers.

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    You can print your seps in Illustrator as long as there are custom, spot colors (not CMYK). Or you can make two seperate Illustrator files for each of the spot colors (make each of the two files BLACK and add a thin stroke for trapping). Either way, make sure you make registration marks.

    Photoshop, paste each color in it's own seperate spot channel. Channels are the key to Photoshop as Cross would say, and I could go on in detail, but my best advice would be to purchase books on Photoshop and Illustrator.
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    In Photoshop, just flatten the image. Select Color Range and save each separation as a new channel.

    You'll have to mess with it a bit to set the traps and what not, but that's the basic premise.

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    Thanks so much guys!

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    another good trick is to make all your photoshop channels into seperate bitmap tiffs files and then put them back together in illustrator. since part of your art is illustrator already you won't want to import it into photoshop (because it will look like shit) so take your two bit map files and put them together with your illustrator files, press print and bam instant seps. the best part about doing it this way is illustrator automatically does your knock outs for you. even on the tiffs.

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    just press f7.

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    Quote Originally Posted by andydiesel
    just press f7.
    you rule..i just tried that and it works like a charm.

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    if you have an illustrator file, it means its all vectored so ,in essence, its allready seperated.

    it is a very complex process and varies acccording to the art work and desired final print result.

    you need to

    1. post the image here so I can see it

    2. describe 'what you want it to look like' when it's finished
    3. read me 'file description..l;ike is it .ps .ps in ai eps etc.

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