Scott Fresener, since years we are friends and i meet him the first time here in Mauritius, as he did consulting for Screen Printing here in Mauritius. How ever i did his first translation to German, for his color separation software FastFilms. Now it’s called T-Seps and it’s still a Plugin for Photoshop.
However, Scott wrote a article on his Website on Simulated Process Separation, where he explain step by step to do it, without a separation software!
Sure, you would need Photoshop, but for any small screen printer, who does only on and off this type of separation, it’s just to great!
Know your artwork
This one is BIG. You must know your artwork and work to make it the best possible. Here are some tips.
- If you built the image in AI you can open it in Photoshop. If you built the image in Corel save it as an EPS file (without any shirt background). In either case when you Open the file in Photoshop make sure to set the resolution and file size. If the image is mainly embedded bitmap elements then open it at 300dpi at the final print size. If you are a Vector Snob – then open it at 500 to 600dpi and UNCHECK Anti-Aliasing. The means the edges of the image will be more like those in the vector program (OK, a little close), and Photoshop will not try to soften the jaggies (turning off anti-aliasing). The file will be larger but with today’s huge hard disks it doesn’t matter.
- If the image is a low quality JPG then you need to work to get rid of the artifacts. There are a lot of JPG Enhancement programs. You can also do this in Photoshop. First up-sample the image to the correct final size and the resolution you want. Here is a “Scott” quick JPG enhancement routine (up-sample first). In Photoshop – Filter/Noise/Despeckle. Filter/Noise/Reduce Noise/. Noise Strength 10, Preserve Details 60, Reduce Color Noise 20, Sharpen Details 15, Remove JPG Artifacts Yes. You will love this!
- Don’t be afraid to improve the contrast. I like to apply an “S” curve to images to darken the shadows and lighten the highlights. This performs magic on flat files.
Read the Full Tutorial Color Separations in Photoshop with Scott Fresener
For me, this is the best explained way how to do a Simulated Process Separation for Screen Printer and it been not shared very often. enjoy!