Separating Gradations in Illustrator the Right Way

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Separating gradations in Illustrator

Separating gradations in Illustrator tends to be one of those things that confuses people. Many don’t even know where to start. Some don’t know how the ink will react according to their Illustrator settings.

The worse part is that you don’t have a way of seeing exactly what your ink coverage will be in the middle of the gradation. But, not to worry. You’re in RSG’s hands now.

Separating gradation in Illustrator isn’t as difficult as it might seem…with these few tips.

Spot Color Gradations in Illustrator For Screen Printing
Watch this video on YouTube.

Separating Gradations in Illustrator Quick Reference Guide

  1. Avoid mixing colors – try to print the actual color you see.
  2. Set your lightest gradation to the smallest dot your shop can hold. 7% is a good number.
  3. Set overlaying colors to overlay in the attributes box.
  4. Use a single element per color and set them to overlay one another.
  5. Move your gradient center point towards the lightest value in 2+ color separations.
  6. Use your base to help your gradations.

Shortcut Keys Used in This Tutorial

  1. Cmd+Shift+A to deselect everything
  2. G to get your gradation tool
  3. Cmd+3 to hide an object
  4. Cmd+Opt+3 to unhide all hidden objects
  5. Cmd+F to paste in front
  6. Cmd+B to paste behind

Check out some more video tutorials from RSG

How to create simulated process separations

How to make spot color separations in Photoshop

Create make spot color separations in Illustrator

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