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When you're done working on your file and you're ready to send it out for print you might want to make sure that all the plates are set up correctly so that the separations are going to be right and again this can be helpful if your sending it off for offset printing or if you are an apparel designer and you need to generate different screens for each of the colors that you are using. Illustrator has a feature called Separations Preview which helps you in this process, now this document here called seeds.ai, I actually have several colors here inside of my file, I am using CMYK so I have process colors in my design, but I also have two Pantone colors which I am using which appeared down over here.
So if I want to make sure that every thing is going to print correctly and separate correctly, I can go to my Window menu and I can choose Separations Preview. Now Separations Preview only works when the Over Print Preview setting is turned on, and instead oh having to go all the way up to the View menu, I can actually activate that setting right here from the Separations Preview panel. Once I do so everything here now becomes available and I could start to use the eye balls here that appear on the left to hide and show each of the individual plates. So, for example, if I turn off all of CMYK which is my composite here which is just cyan, magenta, yellow and black, I now see only the Pantone8203 and the Pantone8343 plates which appear right here, and I could turn these on and off, to toggle them.
I could also turn off, for example, just the black plate and see how that's going to print. Then I have my yellow plate, this my magenta plate and this is my cyan plate. if I click on CMYK then I basically activate all those four plates again that's a composite of all those plates together now it's important to note that the Separations Preview panel really isn't intelligent, meaning it doesn't look at the artwork on your screen. If I had my swatches panel filled with other Pantone colors and those Pantone colors are not used in my design, they'll still show up in this list.
If I activate them I won't see anything inside of my documents because those colors haven't been used but as long as they appear in the swatches panel they will appear listed in this list of over here. This is unlike other application, for example, like InDesign, which when you use Separations Preview, only displays the colors that are actually used inside of the document. Even still this feature, Separations Preview can be very helpful to help you ensure that your artwork is set up correctly and ready to go to print.
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