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5. Special Color Requests > 5.1. Creating Touch Plates

Creating Touch Plates

A touch plate adds a special color to existing CMYK color to enhance the color of a particular item in an image, making it appear richer in color. There are a couple of ways to add a touch plate; you may wish to experiment with both methods to see which gives you the best result. Let’s start with the image in Figure 5-1.

A touch plate added to this lizard will really make it stand out

Figure 5-1. A touch plate added to this lizard will really make it stand out

You first make a mask of the color areas you’re going to enhance. Take care in making your mask, as any areas where the mask spills over onto another area will be very obvious when the final touch plate is complete. I’ll usually mask the color areas with the Pen tool and add a small amount of softness to the selection generated from the Pen tool mask based on how the rest of the image looks, as in


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