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Color Separation Photoshop | Spot Color Tips


Hey, what’s up screen printers? Welcome to another video tutorial brought to you by learn how to screen print calm in today’s video. We’re gonna do color separations in Photoshop. These are gonna be channel color separations, and we’re gonna be separating a JPEG image, so let’s go ahead and jump in the video and show you some tips on color steps. Alright, let’s take a look at the layer’s panel here. Everything’s been flattened into one layer, so the background layer and it is locked, but we’re gonna be doing separations using channels, so I might have kind of pay attention to that. Let’s go over to channels and let’s go ahead and pull our first color. I’m gonna select color range and then you’ve got a box that pops up over here. The color range pop-up box and for the separations. Make sure that you have the invert box checked, so lets. Say, you know, we’re selecting this color here. It’s selecting everything around it so select invert since this is gonna be a film positive. Alright, so I’m gonna select this first gold looking color here and the fuzziness slider that is a way to select more or less of a particular color, so as you can see, it’s increasing the amount of a color that is being selected and if we were to stick with this and create this as a channel, we’re gonna have this gold color and then some of this color here and that it’s not what you want, so let’s back this off a little bit and drag it down, let’s say. Oh, keep it at 40 right on there. It’s at 38 so click. OK, now you have some marching ants That are showing you the color that your you’re pulling. And so now, you know, inside the channel’s panel, you want to save the selection as a and it’s gonna be saved as the Alpha Channel. While you still have this selected, there should be a foreground color over here, so double, click that, and we’re going to hit control C and copy this color here, and now we’re going to go back to the Alpha Channel that you had just saved double. Click that icon and right now it’s set at the masked area. Want to change this to spot color? I’m gonna click this foreground or the color Swatch option here. You’re gonna hit control V and it will just keep it like this for now. So now you have, let’s call this gold and the amount of color. This is a solidity. This is just to show you on screen. This isn’t necessarily how it would print to the film positives, so let’s say even though it says 50 right now, if I since it’s in the film positive, it’s not gonna print that 50% you know, these aren’t going to be half Jones. If you look down here in the bottom panel, the info panel, you’ll see the hundred-percent that is an indicator of how much ink will be put down on the film when you output the stone to a film positive, so in that black area, it would be a hundred percent, according to the info panel down there, so it’d be nice and dark. Alright, so click. OK, on the channel options and hit control. D we’re gonna go back up to the RGB. Select color range. Let’s go to this eggshell color over here. Select that let’s see what it looks like. If we do a little bit more, so that’s too much. So now we’re selecting the the lighter off-white color there, plus some of that gold, and it’s not what you want, so we’re going to drag the fuzziness slider back, lets. Go down to well, it’s a 50 click, okay, Double-click this foreground, color control a control C to copy that color there, so now we’re gonna save this color as a new channel right now, its Alpha Channel, I’ll double click that change it to a spot color, click the foreground, color here and the color Swatch control V and now we’re going to click color. Libraries forgot to show you this in the last channel. So when we have this color library? This is a good way to know what color of pink It is that you need to use out on press, so we’ve got a Pantone book Swatch a book. I definitely recommend it if you don’t have one, I definitely recommend it, so go ahead and grab one of those anyways. So we have that selected. The photo shop has told us that the color that we had selected is closest to this. Pantone, 7 4 9 9 C. And make sure that you are using the solid color or solid coated. Just excuse me solid coated pan to an option here. That is the correct book to use. If you’re printing. A plaster saw link. I’m not sure about water base would be something to check with on the manufacturers, so we’re gonna select. Okay, We’re going to change this to 10% and we’re gonna go back to the gold will change that to 10% and we’re gonna change that to a Pantone color as well click that color, libraries and Photoshop has told us that the closest color and the Pantone book to that color that we had for that channel is Pantone 1 3 5 5 C. Alright, I’m gonna hit ctrl D to deselect everything. We’re gonna go back up to the RGB. See them out here. Select color range and the last color that we need to cool. Is the the red here in the rims. So it’s, uh, puts eyedropper over that if we increase it a little bit too much. I don’t know if you can see it right there in the rims. The more that you go, that kind of closes off that I don’t know if you’re able to hold on press, it’s a good way to kind of gauge how much you need to select not select etc, So I’m gonna pull the fuzziness back here, and I’m right, keep it at 95 Click this here, Ctrl. C click, OK? Now we still have the rim color selected and save that as a new channel. Its alpha Channel. At first, click spot click. Close watch hit control V to paste it in the color that you had copied clip color libraries and now Photoshop is telling us that the closest color is the pantone 1 7 9 C 1 7 9 7 C. Alright, okay, let’s change this to 10% and control D. So now we have each one of these saved as a spot color. So now we can output these two. I feel positive and click this plus button here and that brought up a new channel starts off with Alpha Channel. I’m going to change that to a spot, lets. Um, let’s say we’re praying this design on a light grey t-shirt. Maybe, like a sport grey clip. Okay, sure, color. They named that channel option. There is the shirt color so. I’m going to pull that above those. Make that visible that visible, so doesn’t really look good on a ASP or gray color of shirt. We’ll, double, click that again and it’s going to look better on a darker color. And there we go so right now. It’s still a little bit muted, and that’s just because if we were to print these spot colors, let’s say regular plastisol inks directly onto this shirt color. This is darker or shaded. Green blue here, steel blue. Your your colors of classes all. They’re just not lowly, opaque, so you would need to print a white underbase and we’re gonna save that for the next video. I’m gonna pick up exactly from this video or you know where? I’m leaving off and show you how to make a white underbase with this exact same design, so click subscribe and watch the next video to learn how to make a white underbase. Alright, thanks for watching.