Sep Studio 4™

Using The Underbase to Create a Mask

Separation Studio 4 delivers a one click solution to creating a complex mask. Find out how below!

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

Everyone hates masking a complex image, it’s hard work that takes lots of time and requires skill.

Separation Studio 4 delivers a “ONE CLICK” solution to this age old issue.

For the past 20 years a Spot Process Separations file imported into Adobe illustrator or CorelDRAW contained a large box surrounding the image, forcing users to add vector graphics only in front of it.

In order to place graphics behind an imported image required the need for a complex mask.

Sep Studio 4’s NEW “style” feature can create even the most complex mask pixel for pixel perfect with just one click.

Here’s the issue:

When using detailed tonal separations in a layout any elements placed in the background will show through the image. It has to, because there is space between halftones but that’s exactly what we don’t want to happen. All we want is for the graphics in the background to appear around the image, not through it, even when there is a detailed soft edge like a fade.

Here’s the solution:

Make a solid underbase then label it “mask”.

That’s it, that’s all it now takes to solve this age old issue.

Now when we place our Sep Studio separations into a program for further layout and design work the separations will display and print properly.

Sep Studio 4 really makes it that easy.

Freehand and you together we got this.

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