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Chapter 24. Printing Your Illustrations > Printing Color Separations

Printing Color Separations

Professional color reproduction requires that you print an illustration using color separations. This means you print a separate sheet of paper or film for each of the process-color primaries—cyan, magenta, yellow, and black—or for each spot color used in the illustration. You can even add spot colors to the four process primaries to enhance the range of colors in the final document, or target the colors in a logo or another color-sensitive element. But keep in mind that every additional separation you print incurs additional costs—additional ink has to be applied to the pages, and someone has to make and run the plates.

The only category of printer up to the job of creating the originals for color separations is an imagesetter, which is a high-resolution device. Imagesetters print onto special photosensitive paper or film, which is then turned into printing plates. (Some imagesetters print directly to the printing plates.)


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