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While most printing today is accomplished via a four-color process, there is a wide range of practical and creative options available when you add an additional color or varnish. This course teaches how these additional colors are made and shows some examples of finished projects that use these colors. Author Claudia McCue also dives directly into Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, and other creative apps and shows how to build documents correctly for printing.
After taking this course, I think you understand why we need spot colors to extend the range of hues that we can print. And I'll bet you have some appreciation now for the craftsmanship that goes into creating printing inks. You've seen some examples of how spot colors and varnishes can enhance printing projects. And you also have some idea of the printing issues that you might face, so you should consider them when you plan your job with spot colors and varnishes. I hope I've taught you some useful techniques for creating artwork for the correct printing of spot colors and varnishes.
An I've also shown you how to use some forensic tools in Adobe Acrobat, so that you can check your files before you send them off for print. And most of all, I hope I've inspired you to explore the wonderful possibilities that spot colors and special finishes provide, so that you can translate what you imagine into print.
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