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Adobe Illustrator CS4 Tip – See Your Separations Right In Illustrator

I was training a group of advanced computer graphic artists, who were new to Illustrator. In a discussion about print production, one artist said, “In Photoshop, I can turn off or on various combinations the CMYK ‘plates’ in the Channels panel. I find it useful in seeing how much of a particular color is being used. I know there’s no Channels panel in Illustrator, but is there a way to turn plates on or off?”

“Yes, I answered, in CS4, there’s a new panel called Separations Preview (Window>Separation Preview), which allows you to do just that. It’s also a great way to avoid mistakes and surprises in your Illustrator art. Just recently, I found a CMYK object in a 1-color logo that I designed. When I turned off the CMYK plates in the panel, part of my logo disappeared when viewing just the PMS Spot Color. Even if I looked at a proof, this probably would have slipped by totally unnoticed.”

Adobe CS4 - Illustrator - Separation Preview

Adobe CS4 - Illustrator - Separation Preview

Abobe CS4 - Illustrator - Separation Preview

Abobe CS4 - Illustrator - Separation Preview

Abobe CS4 - Illustrator - Separation Preview - CYAN

Abobe CS4 - Illustrator - Separation Preview - CYAN

Abobe CS4 - Illustrator - Separation Preview - MAGENTA

Abobe CS4 - Illustrator - Separation Preview - MAGENTA

Abobe CS4 - Illustrator - Separation Preview - YELLOW

Abobe CS4 - Illustrator - Separation Preview - YELLOW

Abobe CS4 - Illustrator - Separation Preview - BLACK

Abobe CS4 - Illustrator - Separation Preview - BLACK

I hope you will like this short tip.

Good Night…

Bhargav
11.47 pm

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  1. Jaldhi Mehta
    June 15, 2016 at 2:35 pm

    Hello,,
    I have started my own screen printing business, I am using laser film (TechNova make)
    but I am not getting proper darkness with my existing printer
    Kindly advice the best printer

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    • June 15, 2016 at 3:43 pm

      First of which printer are you using?

      Better use EPSON Printers, never use Laser Printers. And use Epson printers which accepts roll feeding, and never use cut sheets because cut sheets does not give proper registration accuracy even when you output A4, A3 sizes.

      Secondly Technova has 2 types of films:
      1. HD
      2. LD
      Better use LD only for high quality with good sharpness and opacity.

      For more information call our technical helpline number on +91 8 655 755 855

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