Easy 4C Process Separations

Posted on 22 July 2013 by Ben Lindsey

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

Let’s face it, doing a 4C print isn’t something we all look forward to doing but it’s part of the business and in this business, with margins as small as they are, 4C 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 and sometimes, even a postscript printer, 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 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

TUTORIAL – How To Get Easy 4C CMYK Process Separations

Watch this video on Youtube by clicking here.

Why’d I Do It?

Setting up something to print CMYK process is a drag. I’ve never been a fan of it and couldn’t imagine anyone else really enjoying the process itself. Having said that, I felt I could create a set of scripts that would expedite this process while taking advantage of the scripting power of Photoshop.

It started small and then I started adding things on, like the ability to output to individual bitmaps in order to avoid having to have a postscript printer. Everything fell into place from there on out. Ultimately, my goal became to create something anyone and everyone in the screen-printing game could benefit from. Even if you’re a huge shop, it’s still a major time saver. For the majority of screen-printers out there who are set up with small shops, this one’s a no-brainer.

Easy 4C Lite

Easy 4C LiteTwo separate versions are available, Easy 4C Lite and Easy 4C Full.

If you like tooling around with your own seps and outputting the files in a proprietary manner, I suggest this version. It’s a little more affordable yet contains all of the line screen options available, from 45lpi – 85lpi.

Please note, none of the output methods shown in the video are available with this package. Click here to get your copy of Easy 4C Lite.

Easy 4C Full

Easy 4C FullFor those of you looking to maximize your time and take full advantage of all of the scripts shown in the video, Easy 4C Full is the route to go.

No need for a RIP or postscript capable printer with this one. Not only are all of the line screen separations included here, all of the output methods are here as well.

The Illustrator templates, optional pre-built Photoshop actions along with the Illustrator script that builds the final output file for all of the bitmapped TIFs are included with this package. Click here to get your copy of Easy 4C Full.

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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About Ben Lindsey

Ben Lindsey has been in the t shirt business designing and separating t shirts since 2001 having served as senior designer/separator at the States' #1 licensor of rock and roll apparel as well as one of the States' top 10 high-volume screen printers as listed by Impressions Magazine. Currently running Rising Sun Graphics, he continues to provide custom t shirt designs and color separations for print shops and apparel lines around the globe.

2 Comments For This Post

  1. Geoff Says:

    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!

  2. Ben Lindsey Says:

    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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