Color Separation is an initial process that is ultimately used for color-process printing. In this process, photographs or digital artwork are split into two or more layers of colors. Usually, they are separated into four highly defined layers known as CMYK, the shades of cyan, magenta, yellow, and key (black). This intricate process is only performed by professional who has mastered the art of color separation through actively dealing with esteemed clients.
Different Techniques of Color Separations
There is an abundance of color separation techniques in the industry. To think that one person can master all of them is unrealistic and pressurizes the individual to great extent. This is why we have separate individuals working on separate tasks to maintain the quality and consistency of our work.
While most of them are complex and require years’ worth of experience, there are four basic ones every screen printer and designer should be familiar with.
Spot Color: Simple and effective!
One of the most commonly applied techniques among designers and printers, this one is used in creating accurate vector art. In this technique, ink is used for color printing on each run. It is highly recommended when only one or two solid colors are needed for printing. The highly effective technique of spot color is mostly created by using CorelDraw or Illustrator.
Color Process - Gives four distinct layers!
The four-color process is used for combining the four basic shades - cyan, magenta, yellow, and black for detailed color separation resulting in separate hues. It is a subtractive model where the RGB colors are subtracted from white light, leaving CMYK hues.
Simulated-process Color: Bigger and better!
An advanced CMYK model created in Photoshop, stimulated-process color utilizes the latest techniques in vector art. This four-color process is more efficient as it is used to create specialized photographs of high quality. It consists of a diverse range of hues making it one of the most sought out techniques in the industry for delivering realistic photographs.
Index Color: Save space for efficient working!
Unlike other color separation techniques, this one is specialized for square pixels. The majority of designers opt for this technique to save up on space and manage digital images efficiently.
At AQ Digitizing and Embroidery, we have digitizers well-versed in all these basic techniques who are ready to assist you in delivering top-quality digital art. Get in touch with us today to experience digitizing services like never before!