Photoshop CS2: Creating Spot Colour Channels

Photoshop CS2: Creating Spot Colour Channels

In this article, Linda creates a graphic design problem to show how to create artwork for iron-on transfers, including a means to create a spot colour and how to save that colour in a spot colour channel. She also uses a rough logo and artwork that must merged, and shows how to convert those two images into one in ten easy steps, including how to layout that artwork for the transfer sheet. Tools used in this process include scaling and layout options covered in previous articles, the Unsharp Filter, the Warp tool, Create Outlines filter, and the use of Pantone Colour swatches, among many others.

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T-Shirt Transfer

Your graphic design boss has a friend who owns a small record label called, “EarthBeat!” His friend called one day with the bright idea to create a series of T-Shirt transfers to give away with their new CD series. Your boss agrees to do the job for free, and you volunteer to help in a misguided effort to climb the career ladder. But, after you hear about the complete job, you make a note to yourself not to volunteer ever again.

EarthBeat! has a logo, but they don’t have the original artwork. So the logo was snatched from a piece of letterhead and scanned in at 72 dpi and in CMYK colour mode. The accompanying art is pixelated beyond belief as well, as it was saved at the same resolution and colour mode. You receive the images below in two separate files:

Your final image will look like this (you say in your head):

The boss and the record company didn’t leave any information about size, colour, or how they want you to merge the artwork, other than the fact that you need to lay out six images per page. 

Linda Goin

Linda GoinLinda Goin carries an A.A. in graphic design, a B.F.A. in visual communications with a minor in business and marketing and an M.A. in American History with a minor in the Reformation. While the latter degree doesn't seem to fit with the first two educational experiences, Linda used her 25-year design expertise on archaeological digs and in the study of material culture. Now she uses her education and experiences in social media experiments.

Accolades for her work include fifteen first-place Colorado Press Association awards, numerous fine art and graphic design awards, and interviews about content development with The Wall St. Journal, Chicago Tribune, Psychology Today, and L.A. Times.

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