This is the second in a series of two videos on a spot color Photoshop separation. In this one I’ll show you how to prepare a base using the channels you already have, choke it back so it prints correctly, save a DCS file and place it in Illustrator for final output.
If you didn’t catch the first in this series, I highly recommend giving it a glance as there are a lot of topics covered that help us get to this point. You can see that one here.
Here are some tips covered in the video for quick reference.
- Double check for errant dots hanging out in areas where you don’t want them before you make your base.
- Choke your base back below all colors other than white.
- Do not put a base underneath your black (or other generally dark colors).
- Remember to save your working file just before you start to get rid of all of your other unnecessary channels.
- Change your whites to a different color so you can see it.
- Save as DCS 2.0 – spot channels box ticked – TIFF 8 bits/pixel – Single file with color composite 72 pixels/inch – ASCII 85.
- Make sure any vectored pieces you put in Illustrator are colored with the EPS’s color, not a CMYK or RGB
- Outline your fonts.
- Don’t save with PDF compatibility on.
Shortcut keys used making a spot color Photoshop separation:
OPT – Click and Drag then hold SHIFT = duping an item and moving it on the same plane.
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