Spot Color Photoshop Separation – Part Two

Spot Color Photoshop Separation

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.

Spot Color Separations in Photoshop - Part 2
Watch this video on YouTube.

Here are some tips covered in the video for quick reference.

  1. Double check for errant dots hanging out in areas where you don’t want them before you make your base.
  2. Choke your base back below all colors other than white.
  3. Do not put a base underneath your black (or other generally dark colors).
  4. Remember to save your working file just before you start to get rid of all of your other unnecessary channels.
  5. Change your whites to a different color so you can see it.
  6. Save as DCS 2.0 – spot channels box ticked – TIFF 8 bits/pixel – Single file with color composite 72 pixels/inch – ASCII 85.
  7. Make sure any vectored pieces you put in Illustrator are colored with the EPS’s color, not a CMYK or RGB
  8. value.
  9. Outline your fonts.
  10. 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.

As always, if you’ve enjoyed this tutorial on making spot color seps in Photoshop, please consider sharing it with your network. And if you have anything you’d like to add to the conversation, feel free to leave a comment below!

If you do post your own methods on creating spot color seps in Photoshop, it’ll help everyone and that’s always a good thing!

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  4. so thanks for the 2 part tutorial, I watched the entire thing and was left with one question.. How do you go about printing your AI file with it knowing somehow that its printing color seps?

    Is there an option I click in the AI Print dialog that allows me to select outputting my films by the swatches how you set it up?

    I’m a little lost at that last step of the process after watching the two videos.

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      Thanks for the comment! Outputting your file varies by how you’ve got your computer/printer set up. Do you have a RIP program? If not, you’ll need to get one in order to print these files like this. Let me know if you do or not and I’ll be able to help you out further afterwards.

  5. I definitely don’t have a RIP yet. I have heard of ghostrip, but I haven’t had the chance to mess with it, as it was a bit over my head when I first looked into it.. Thanks!

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      Without a RIP, it’s sort of involved but there’s a workaround that will allow you to set up all your channels (or layers) with the halftone dot hardcoded into it. Instead of letting the RIP determine the halftone dot, you’d have to output each color to a bitmap. Doing so will give you the opportunity to call out your line and angle, then you can output via PS or AI. Like I said, it’s a bit involved. I’m planning on doing a tutorial and release some actions that will allow anyone without a RIP to output halftone dots fairly soon. Keep posted for that.

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