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This course is a collection of short Photoshop and Illustrator projects and creative effects that can be completed in ten minutes or less. The series is taught by computer graphics guru Deke McClelland, and presented in his signature step-by-step style. The intent is to reveal how various Photoshop and Illustrator features can be combined and leveraged in real-world examples so that they can be applied to creative projects right away.
- Alright, so here we are looking at our three-color, multichannel logo that we created last week inside Photoshop, and the first thing I want you to notice about it is because it's a multichannel document, versus RGB or CMYK, that we have no layers, we just have the flat background and nothing more. Not only that, everything inside the layers panel is dimmed, we can't even create a new layer, or a new group, or anything. And that is the limitation you run into when you're working with spot colors inside Photoshop.
If you wanna get access to your colors, you therefore have to switch to the Channels panel. At which point you can turn off all but one channel to see it represented in black and white. So this is the contents of that turquoise channel. And so anything that's black is gonna print in PANTONE 3252, anything that's white is gonna receive no ink whatsoever. And then if I click on the PANTONE 285 channel, I see the contents of that layer represented in black and white. And the same goes if I click on the PANTONE Black channel.
If I then wanna see the entire image colored, I need to turn all the channels back on. Now I want you to take note of what we're seeing up here in the Title tab. Notice that it's telling us Blended spot colors.psd, that's the file name, and then we're seeing the zoom ratio, which happens to be 25%, and then we're seeing the active channel, which is PANTONE Black 6. And we're gonna see all that stuff listed in the final PDF file, there's nothing we can do about that except delete that information later inside Acrobat.
Okay, the next that we need to do before exporting the PDF file is to go up to the Image menu and choose the Image Size command, so that we can get a sense for how big this image is. Now, the reason we're not seeing a preview over here in the left-hand side, inside Photoshop CC, is that we are too far zoomed in, so that we were seeing just the central portion of the rocket. Alright, now I'm gonna switch my width and height values, so let's say inches, and note that we're not getting round numbers. We've got some weird decimals going on. And that's because this specific document is more easily measured in points.
So I'll go ahead and switch to points, which are 1/72 of an inch, at which point we see that the width value's 964 roughly points, and the height is 672. So what you wanna do is jot that information down, and then just cancel out of this dialogue box. And the reason we need to know that info is so we can decide how big the PDF file needs to be. Now, to create the PDF file, you go to the File menu, you don't choose the Export command, instead you choose the Print command. Alright, now you can see that my printer's currently set to an Epson R3000 Inkjet, that's in the office, I wanna switch it to Adobe PDF, you do as well.
And notice that the logo isn't fitting properly into the page, and normally it'd be tempting to either change the orientation up here by clicking on the second Layout icon, or change these scaling values in the Position and Size section, but you don't wanna do either of those things. Because you're working with a PDF file, you can make it any size you want. Not by changing any settings down in this lower region of the dialogue box, but rather by clicking on the Print Settings button. And then notice that we've got this option that says Adobe PDF Page Size, it may be found in a different location on the Mac, but it's probably gonna be set to Letter or A4 by default.
You wanna create your own custom size by clicking on the Add button. Then, inside this Custom Paper Size dialogue box, set the unit to point, and then just go ahead and dial in those width and height values we wrote down a moment ago, 964 for the width, and 672 for the height. Now, I wanna add 100 more points to accommodate the printer marks, So I'm gonna change that 9 to a 10, and I'm gonna change that 6 to a 7. So our page size is now 1074 points wide and 772 points tall, and I'm gonna name this size after the numbers, seems like the best way to go, so I'll just call it 1064 x 772 and I'll click the Add Modify button.
In order to add that page size, then just make sure it's selected, and you don't have to do anything else here but click OK, and now notice we have more than enough room for our logo. Alright, now go ahead and twirl closed Position and Size, and twirl open Printing Marks, and turn all of these checkmarks on, and for Description what I recommend you do is click on the Edit menu, and then go ahead and type something in there about you or your company, you might wanna have a phone number and email address as well, just so that the commercial printer can contact you once the job is done.
Then, go ahead and click OK, and that will be added as the description to the page. Finally, you wanna twirl open Color Management up here at the top, don't worry about any of these warnings, all you need to do is change Color Handling to Separations. And that will print each one of your channels on an independent page. Alright, now I'm gonna go ahead and click Print in order to save the document, and I'll save over the one that I've created in advance by clicking the Save button, followed by Yes, then you can see that Photoshop goes ahead and creates the document, and in my case, opens it inside of Acrobat.
Alright, now I'm gonna go ahead and zoom in to my document by clicking on this big + button here, and notice that it says, right here at the top of the page, Blended spot colors.psd @ 25%, isn't that helpful? You know now how I was looking at the document inside Photoshop, followed by PANTONE Black 6 C, which is actually not the name of this separation, it's actually the separation for PANTONE 3252. So what we have is a labeling problem, and here's how to take care of it.
Go ahead and select this guy right there, the Edit Text & Images tool, and Acrobat, if you're using it, may come up with a warning telling you that it can't find any editable text, in which case, just go ahead and click OK, and then you wanna click on that item right there, and to delete it, you can either go to the Edit menu and choose the Delete command, or you can press Ctrl + Backspace here on the PC, or Cmd + Delete on a Mac. And that will get rid of that misleading message so that you can see that the actual separation is 3252.
Then, advance to the next page, so that we can do the same thing by clicking on this Down arrow icon in the upper left region of the window, and note that this is indeed the separation for PANTONE 285, but if I scroll over to the left, you can see that Photoshop has gone ahead and included the title, with that misleading title information after the @ sign, so just go ahead and click on that guy as well, with the same tool, and press Ctrl + Backspace or Cmd + Delete on the Mac, and then advance to the final page, and do that same thing, go ahead and click on its title, which in our case is right, because we had the black channel selected.
But let's still get rid of it by pressing Ctrl + Backspace or Cmd + Delete on the Mac, because after all, we already have the proper information over here in the upper right-hand corner. And you can move it around to a different location if you want to, if you don't like where it is, but I prefer to leave them where they are so that they're all aligned with each other. And now I'm gonna press Ctrl + - a few times, or Cmd + - on the Mac, in order to zoom out, and I also want you to see down here at the bottom of the page, that it does say "Please return to Type and Graphics, Inc.", that's what I typed in, in your case it might say your name, your phone number, your email address, and so forth.
Alright, now of course, we want to save our changes by going up to the File menu and choosing the Save command. And we now have a universally compatible PDF file that we can turn over to a commercial printer and expect to print in three, and only three industry-standard PANTONE Spot Color inks.
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