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switching from Photoshop CC to Illustrator CC 2019

switching from Photoshop CC to Illustrator CC 2019

switching from Photoshop CC to Illustrator CC 2019

(OP)
Good Morning,
This is my first time visiting this forum. I have always worked in photoshop (self taught = limited experience) creating multichannel arts to be used for silkscreening at a print shop. My printer has recently suggested using Illustrator to submit my art, so I purchased it and am in the process of trying to figure it out. is there a simple way to make multichannel images CMKY Color. I mean, I have converted them, but many of the colors I used in photoshop are not recognized in CMKY. I have my colors and placed them in my own color library, I just can't get my newly converted CMKY art to accept those new colors. I guess that is my first problem. Any help will be appreciated! Thank you in advance. GracieGrace

RE: switching from Photoshop CC to Illustrator CC 2019

Do you have a small sample file you could attach to demonstrate the problem?

RE: switching from Photoshop CC to Illustrator CC 2019

(OP)
Thank you, SpamJim, for taking the time to help me. I will attach a simple 3 color (3 strikes) book that we had screen printed a couple of years ago. the files I am trying to work with now are 6 or 7 strikes, but this should be enough to give me the idea of what to do. I have not converted it to CMKY just incase that is the wrong thing to do. Thanks again, GracieGrace

RE: switching from Photoshop CC to Illustrator CC 2019

The matter of CMYK is confusing me. Does each strike in your file use its own color ink or are you printing the strikes with the 4 CMYK (cyan, magenta, yellow, black) inks? For the sample you presented, it is not typical to be working in CMYK if you're not printing with CMYK ink. You're probably wanting to utilize "spot inks" in Illustrator.

https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2010/12/preparing...

https://www.screenprinting.com/blogs/news/cmyk-vs-...




RE: switching from Photoshop CC to Illustrator CC 2019

(OP)
Oh.... that looks like what the printer would want. to answer your first question, yes, each color does use its own strike, and the only reason I chose CMKY is because of the choices Photoshop gave me to convert to: Bitmap, Greyscale, RGB, CMKY or Lab Color. I chose CMKY only because I thought that was what Illustrator preferred to work in.... but that was an uneducated guess.

But I like what you have done with the Irish Blessings art. Except - why does each separate black mark get its own compound path. that can be very complicated with some of my art. the shamrock was one of the simplest ones.

Any way, I think you have given me a 'path' to follow (pun intended). I will see where it leads me. Thank you so much. After 40 hrs of going in circles, I have a direction. Thank you!

RE: switching from Photoshop CC to Illustrator CC 2019

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why does each separate black mark get its own compound path

I suspect you're expanding the nested layers in the "layers" panel. You typically only need to look at the primary layers. It is common to have hundreds or thousands of nested layers on more complex art.

The text in my sample is roughly converted from your art. It is not live text. If you compose text in Illustrator, the text block will appear as a single layer.

RE: switching from Photoshop CC to Illustrator CC 2019

(OP)
Thank you. That is a lot less to worry about. I had to put that project away for awhile, but I will get back to it. Thank you for all your help. Gracie

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