Easy 4 Color Process CMYK Separations

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Learn how to make easy 4C process separations with a few handy dandy Photoshop scripts I've developed. You don't even need a RIP for these bad boys!

Let's face it, doing a 4 color process CMYK print isn't something we all look forward to. But it's part of the business and in this business, with margins as small as they are, 4 color process CMYK process prints can prove to be an asset. Problem is, a lot of people don't know how to create them. And for the people who know how to create them, without the use of an expensive RIP system, getting them from the computer to the press can be a nightmare. Not any more.

Introducing RSG's Easy 4C, a set of scripts developed for use within Photoshop that will not only allow those who don't have a RIP system to get industry standard angles for a proper 4 color process CMYK print, you don't even need a postscript printer to output these bad boys! Enough talk, let's watch a video, shall we?

RSG's Easy 4C Photoshop Scripts in Action

Easy 4C Features

AUTOMATION

Fully automated, properly formatted 4 color process CMYK separations done in just a few clicks.

NO RIP

Output TIFF files with the halftones built directly into the seps. Absolutely no need for a RIP system.

NO ACTIONS

Takes advantage of Photoshop's ability to run javascript giving rock solid stable performance.

Easy 4C Benefits

SAVE TIME

Will save you gobs of time, allowing you focus on printing shirts and in turn, making a profit!

SAVE MONEY

Pays for itself after only three uses when compared to having someone prep your 4 color process CMYK seps for you.

NO GUESSING

Takes the guesswork out of the process. All you do is choose the line screen you want and hit go.

Instant Download

Get your copy of Easy 4C now and be working with it in 10 minutes!

Easy Installation

Easy 4C ManualInstallation is as easy at clicking and dragging a few files. Take a peek at the manual that comes with the scripts to get an idea of just how easy installation really is.

Click here to download it. Click here to view it in your browser.

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Ben Lindsey is a 15-year veteran of the apparel and licensing industry. He continues to educate, consult and produce high-end color separations for clients around the globe.

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  1. Geoff
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    Very interested in testing this out. Like I said on Reddit, we haven’t had a ton of success with 4CP. The main issue on my end has been figuring out the proper way to separate files. I’ve ton quite a bit of research, but there is so much conflicting information pertaining to dot gain, color profiles, angles, etc. I was sure our last job was going to print perfect, but what came out on press was far from what I was expecting. Everything I’ve learned thus far has been completely self taught, so all this conflicting information is giving both myself and my boss some major headaches.

    These scripts seem like the perfect addition to our shop, not only to help us from creating proper 4CP seps (so we can stop getting held up on press and adjusting seps on the fly), but I hope I can break down the process and begin to learn how to manually separate images better.

    I’d love to connect over e-mail to discuss further!

    • Ben Lindsey
      Ben Lindsey
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      Geoff,

      Without seeing a file that you’ve separated along with the final printed product, it would be incredibly difficult to pinpoint what problems you may be running into. If I were to guess, my first question would be in regards to the angles you’re using. If they’re off, you’re going to get into a lot of trouble. If you got the angles right, I would then want to look at your choice of line screen. The seps aren’t the only thing at work here, though as there are a plethora of variables at play from start to finish (e.g., coating techniques, emulsion used, inks used, printing techniques, etc.,) and getting them all right is important in producing a satisfactory print.

      Having said all of this, these Easy 4C scripts will get you consistent seps with the proper angles burned right into the seps themselves. Also, if you’re capable of doing the leg work and finishing up your own sep files, perhaps the Lite version is best for you guys. It has all of the LPI choices but none of the output features (e.g., save as DCS) so you can save some money there.

      I’m always down to discuss via email. You can get at me via the contacts page here.

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