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Using Photoshop separations in Corel Draw 10 / 11

Start with a separated image in Photoshop. Your image must be separated into spot channels (EasyArt does that automatically)

Covert the image to CMYK "Image > Mode > CMYK color" (note: only the RGB channels will convert. All the spot colors will remain the same)

Next go to the channels list and convert each spot color to specific Pantone colors.
To do this double click on a separated channel (not the CMYK channels) to open the "Spot color options" window. Then click on the colored box to open up the "Color Picker" window. Next click on the "Custom" button. In the "Book" drop down list select "Pantone Solid Coated" then click OK.
You must do this for each separated spot color channel, assigning each one a Pantone match.
If you have a White base channel and a highlight white channel you must change the color of one of them slightly to an off white (usually the highlight) you cannot have 2 whites the same color in Corel Draw (or any 2 colors the same).

Next save the separated image as a Photoshop DSC 2.0 (EPS) file. and use the settings below.

To save image = "File > Save As > select a file name and location you can find later (maybe save to your desktop so it is easy to find) Format = Photoshop DSC 2.0 (EPS). the "DCS 2.0 Format" window will open, use these settings >

Preview = TIFF (8bits/pixel)
DCS = Single File with color Composite
Encoding = ASCll

If you have already assigned halftone screen settings you can check the "Include Halftone Screen" box, if not you can do it in Corel Draw.

If you have Corel Draw open close it! and open it up again.

Before Importing the new EPS image file you must first setup the userink palette. (VERY IMPORTANT!)

First make a new page (Document) whatever size you want to output your film.

Next open up the "userinks" palette. to do this go "Window > Color Palettes > Open Palette" Now comes the tricky part! you have to find where is the userinks palette on your computer. If you don't know you can do a separate search of your computer before you do this step, you are looking for a file called "userinks.cpl" . Once you know where to find the userinks palette, open it up in Corel Draw.

Now you must clear out all of the colors in your userinks palette. To do this go "Window > Color Palettes > Palette Editor" and in the editor drop down list select "Custom Spot Colors" then select each individual color and "Delete" it, until you have an empty palette, then click OK.

You will have to clear this "userinks" palette each time before you load in a separated Photoshop EPS file, if you do not Corel Draw will not find all of the separated channels on the next image you import.

Import the Photoshop EPS file (make sure you select "EPS - Encapsulated Postscript" from the "Files of Type" drop down list)

Next you need to add the spot colors to your user palette. To do this begin printing the image. Go "File > Print >" a message will pop up saying that Corel cannot find this color in any spot color palette so will add it, it will give you a message for each spot color in your image, just click the OK button for each one. When you have clicked OK for them all, close the print window (don't print).

Now you must close Corel Draw without saving your file, Then open Corel Draw up again and your "userinks" color palette will now show all of the added spot colors. Create a new page again and import your Photoshop EPS image.

Now when you add any text or graphics assign the same colors from this new user palette and they will appear on the separated channels.

IMPORTANT: when you view the separations in the Corel Draw print preview window they will all appear the same (except for the CMYK and the added text) don't worry about this the separations will print out fine.

Remember when you are finished with your image delete all of the colors from your "userinks" palette so it is ready for the next image.


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