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How to export *.eps for spot colors

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Ken Glaza posted on Thu, Aug 4 2011 20:25

I would like to know how to export a 2 color *.cdr creation (logo) as an *.eps such that it has two grey scale layers each representing the two spot colors I chose?

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As I said Ken, I don't know enough about PS to give you any solid advice about that program.

But I do know, you can do exactly as I outlined above.

Make sure your using a Pantone palette to insure you're only getting 2 plates (if you don't use spot colors, it's still possible t but it  will involve a lot more work)

Select your postscript printer (if you don't have one, use Corel's default ps printer)

Go to the sep tab/pre-press tab and set your parameters

Then go back and Print (save to  .ps file)

 

If you've set  your 2 sep plates properly, when you import that .ps file back into Corel it will come in on 2 separate pages............one for each color.

From there, all you'd need to do is save each page as a separate eps file...............if that's what your printer requires.

Can he use a pdf as well?

 

Diane

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You'll need to specify what colors you want.

I mean, add separate sport color to both.

By exporting your object/s that are only Gray.. it will show up as gray...

 

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I did pick a pan 299c blu and black for the logo. I used the Models to blend between the blu and black to get a greyer blu being carefull not to alter any other setting. When I export for eps I get all these options to pick from not knowing what to pick. When I open the saved to eps in Adobe Photoshop there are no layers. Everything shows up full color as in Corel OK.  Am I missing something or is the printer that rejected my eps not knowing how to extract the grey scales? I would like to see the grey scale files too. One for Black and one for 299c Pan

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EPS files are not really intended to contain layers or separations though there is a variant called DCS (document colour separations) which uses plural pages and one separation per page.

CorelDraw mentions DCS in the help file, though only to the extent of describing the mnemonic. I'm not sure if it can actually create one. There doesn't seem to be a separate DCS export filter, nor is there a relevant option in the EPS export dialogue.

Photopaint has a DCS export filter, but restricts you to creating bitmaps not vector objects.

I'm a little confused with your explanation, Ken.

So I'm not sure if this information will be helpful or not.

But if your using a spot palette, you can set your seperation options in Corel and then save (print to file) a .ps file.

I don't know what happens to it when you bring it into PhotoShop, but I do know, for sure,  if you import that .ps  file back into Corel, you'll get each color (each color sep) on a separate page.

 

Diane

 

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Thanks
While it is nice to have it come back to corel it still does not solve the problem of giving it to a printer that wants the output in two grey scale files that represent the two spot colors. Maybe I am using the wrong format eps. So lets start over. How do I output two grey scale files that a printer can use to make plates from that represent the two colors I picked, Black and Pan 273c. Something still is missing here.

K&R All Media Productions
248-557-8276

As I said Ken, I don't know enough about PS to give you any solid advice about that program.

But I do know, you can do exactly as I outlined above.

Make sure your using a Pantone palette to insure you're only getting 2 plates (if you don't use spot colors, it's still possible t but it  will involve a lot more work)

Select your postscript printer (if you don't have one, use Corel's default ps printer)

Go to the sep tab/pre-press tab and set your parameters

Then go back and Print (save to  .ps file)

 

If you've set  your 2 sep plates properly, when you import that .ps file back into Corel it will come in on 2 separate pages............one for each color.

From there, all you'd need to do is save each page as a separate eps file...............if that's what your printer requires.

Can he use a pdf as well?

 

Diane

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Sounds like you need to print to Device Independent Postscript.

Start a print as if you were printing to a local printer, but open the printer dropdown and select the Device Independent Postscript print device (it is usually at the top of the list).

Go to the separations tab and select "Print Separations". Make sure you do NOT have any of the other options selected.

Look at the colour list below it and make sure you see exactly two ticked plates -- your pantone and black. If anything else is ticked, you have something wrong in the design.

You should then be able to print to a file.

To be sure, create an empty document and import the file into it. You should get two separate pages, one for each colour, each in greyscale only.

 

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Ken,
 
The problem in the equation you've described is Photoshop not opening the file correctly. The EPS file you created should separate just fine if it is placed and printed. Opening in Photoshop is not placing and printing. So my question is why it must be opened in Photoshop?
 
You can output the separations directly as described in other posts for printing to a PostScript file.
 
 
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