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Sep Studio 4™

Preparing Files with PhotoPaint

Properly saving files for Spot Process (sim process) separations using Corel PhotoPaint will make separations easy and predictable. Once you follow this process you’ll be producing great separations faster and better than ever.

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

Separation Studio 4 has two distinct color separation engines to handle different styles of color separations. I’m going to show you how to save files for Spot Process separations using Corel PhotoPaint. Saving a file in the RGB mode using the TIF or PNG format will automatically open the file into the Spot Process side of Sep Studio 4.

From PhotoPaint first set the color mode to RGB. Go to the Image Menu and choose Concert to RGB Color. This window will tell you to merge the image into the background. Doing this will cause issues when making separations so click No. Now go to the File Menu and choose Export, export the file as either the TIF or PNG format. These are preferred formats because they both support transparency. We’ll go ahead and export as both options for this video. First we’ll export as a TIF, we’ll choose LZW compression because it’s a compression format that does not damage the file and saves on hard drive space. You can also choose Uncompressed.

Next, “Do not show filter dialogue” checked or unchecked does not negatively alter the result, but we want to have Color Profile Embedded. Now click export. The next window will say that the image will be merged with the background. At this stage it will not effect the separations in Sep Studio 4 so we can just click OK.

Now we’ll export as a PNG. We’ll go back to File then Export, and choose PNG as the Save-As Type. Once again the “Do not show filter dialogue” checked or unchecked does not negatively alter the result. Now We’ll click Export.

The next window will say that the image will be merged with the background. At this stage it will not effect the separations in Sep Studio 4 so we can just click OK.

In this window we’ll make sure the color mode is RGB and Transparency is checked. Anti-aliasing will make edges smoother so we’ll leave that on but it can be turned off. We also want the color profile embedded so we’ll leave teh checked off. Interlaced does not alter the results and we won’t change any of the transformation settings. Now we’ll click OK. Our file opens as expected with a transparent background. We’ve already made our adjustments so lets open the print commander.

Sep Studio automatically nested the separation to save me film. Choose print to send the separation directly to your inkjet printer. Simple as that.

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