At Prep4Print we offer colour separation services to all of our customers. You simply tell us which type of separations you would like us to process and we will have the separated file to you within 24 hours. The work flow is simple, just click the separations button after you have logged in and upload the file that you need separated. You tell us the size, quantity of colours, and the separation process you would like us to use. We do not print the films for you. Though we can offer you direct contact with our UK based printers and can, as mentioned, be the link between the design and the printer.
Below are the descriptions for the different types of separations. Read them carefully to know which type you need, as a wrong choice will result in unnecessary expenditures on your behalf. Though we are happy to give advice and the costs involved. Simply contact us!
With any type of artwork that you print, the printing process must be separated. Even with simple colour separations, one screen per colour should be used in the silkscreen separations process. With true process separations, four screens should be used.
With more complicated screen printing separations methods like simulated printing, more than four screens may be used depending on the artwork used. Furthermore, the index screen printing separations process may require more than four screens. Though all of this can be discussed via telephone, email or Zoom!
This process of colour separation can be done using Adobe Illustrator or another graphics program without any type of other special software. You can create this type of colour separation with simple vector artwork.
The spot colour screen printing separations process is suitable for one to three colors. Occasionally, spot colour printing may be used with designs involving over 10 bright colours, though this is rare.
TAs the most popular screen print separations method in use, the simulated process combines Pantone colours and halftones to create full-colour designs.
What makes this method so popular is that the results are consistent as long as the same colour separations technique is applied.
4 COLOUR PROCESS
This type of silkscreen separation process involves four colours in the artwork: black, yellow, magenta, and cyan. By using programs such as Fast Films, Photoshop, or Easy Art, you can utilise this process in conjunction with secondary and tertiary colours to develop the full spectrum of colours for your specific design.
The advantages of this process include saving time and labour by only having to use four screens.
This process uses pixel dots instead of halftones in creating new colours. It utilises fewer colours to get the same look intended, which allows you to produce very fine details.
However, shading and highlights cannot be printed. Designs that require different shades of one colour may only print with one shade of colour, which may require you to simplify your design.