Sep Studio 4™

Corel PowerTRACE and Sep Studio 4

Easily convert art to vectors for printing using Corel PowerTRACE. Freehand’s Separation Studio 4 along with PowerTRACE solves so many problems with customer supplied and stock images.

Learn by watching the video, or review the written transcript. If you still have questions submit a tech ticket, or reply back to your technician in an open ticket.

Video Transcript

We’ve all been there, a client supplies a file to be separated and printed or we find the perfect image online only to discover that a simple spot color vector file has been incorrectly saved as a JPG, PNG, or TIF. Now a job that should have been fast and easy turns into a complex time consuming project. Not anymore, Freehand’s Separation Studio 4™ along with Corel’s PowerTRACE feature solves the problem!

The focus is on solid spot color art files saved in popular formats such as JPG, PNG, TIF. PowerTrace will deliver better quality results for images saved at higher resolutions. The files in this video were saved at 300 dpi, which is common for many images downloaded from online art services.

Create a New CorelDRAW document. Import the file into the document. With the image selected, from the Bitmaps menu choose Outline Trace, High Quality Image, then Reduce Bitmap, this opens the PowerTRACE window. This window is filled with many advanced settings to fine-tune and get you to great results but for most cases leaving them set to default will do the job just fine. Click the checkbox labeled “Delete Original”. This will remove the original image after tracing to avoid the creation of unwanted CMYK separations.

I find going to the colors tab and setting the number of colors to double my press size leaves plenty of room to accurately convert most images. I’ll set the color limit to 12 for my 6 color press. Clicking away in the window gets Corel to refresh. PowerTRACE will stop when it no longer finds colors. In many cases it will not produce up to the amount of colors set. Extra colors can be quickly merged in Sep Studio.

When a file looks good you’re ready to bring it into Separation Studio. Just save the file as a PDF then open it in Sep Studio.

That’s it, that’s how you turn an incorrectly saved file into great separations turning a “zero into a hero!”

In Sep Studio 4 you can make an underbase, choke and spread, setup the image print order with PressFit and then go directly to Print.

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