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Print separations for color proofing

Added on Tuesday 17th of February 2009 01:07 am EST


Adobe Photoshop CS/CS2/CS3

Operating Systems:

Macintosh, Microsoft Windows


Prior to submitting a digital file to a print vendor, it's a good idea to print separations. Separations are each color channel in a file printed as a separate page. Separations enable you to see how the colors in a file will separate during prepress, thus ensuring that the print vendor uses the correct number of ink plates. For example, a Photoshop document that uses one spot color should output one ink plate, whereas a document that uses process colors will output on four (CMYK) ink plates.


To print a Photoshop document’s separations to a composite printer:

1.       Choose File > Print to open the Print dialog box. CS/CS2: Choose File > Print With Preview.

2.      Choose Color Management from the pop-up menu in the top right portion of the dialog box. CS/CS2: Select the Show More Options check box to display the Output and Color Management options and select Color Management from the pop-up menu.