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Chapter 11. Spot Colors and Duotones: Sp... > Spot Colors from Photoshop

Spot Colors from Photoshop

“How can I print spot colors from Photoshop?” has long been one of the most common questions we hear. Remember that Photoshop was originally designed to do process-color work (or continuous tone RGB output), not spot color overlays. The process of getting spot colors out of Photoshop isn't difficult, though it's not as simple as it should be, even in Photoshop CS. There are three ways to do spot-color work in Photoshop.

  • Use spot-color channels for all the spot-color image information, and save the file in DCS 2.0 or the native Photoshop (PSD) format. This feature lets you place spot colors in specific areas (like in text or in a logo).

  • Use the Duotone mode. Duotones (or tritones or quadtones) are used to print neutral grayscale images with two or more colors (we'll discuss why you'd want to do this later in this chapter).

  • Simulate spot colors in CMYK mode. You can use this technique for either duotones or specific-area spot colors.


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