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Real World Print Production with Adobe Creative Suite Applications by Claudia McCue

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Adding Spot Color to a CMYK Image

Occasionally, special handling is needed to accentuate portions of an image or to ensure faithful rendering of a color that falls outside the CMYK gamut. Adding spot ink on top of an image of flowers might allow the printed piece to better render the true color of the actual flowers, if process color falls short of doing so. In this approach—variously called bump plate, touch plate, or kiss plate—the image contains additional colors beyond the standard cyan, magenta, yellow, and black. Bump plates are often used in high-end printing projects such as fine art reproductions, to ensure a closer rendition of the original artwork.

To add a spot color to a CMYK image, choose New Spot Channel from the Channels panel ...

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