Types of Separations with T-Seps
T-Seps gives you a LOT of choices for separation types depending on the job. You can do Simulated Process Color (most popular method), Index Color, CMYK Real Process Color, Black & White Old Photo, Spot Color, Plastisol Heat Transfer Separations, Discharge Seps and more.
And, when you are done separating, T-Seps tells you the print order, mesh count, Pantone color, the proper halftone frequency, dot shape and more! It is a no brainer.
Simulated Process Color Separations
For dark and light shirts including special Discharge Ink separations
Traditional printing on paper uses the four colors of Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black. This is commonly called CMYK or Process Color. This method is the standard for offset printing photorealistic images. CMYK works well for screen printing on light shirts but does NOT work well on dark shirts. The inks are too transparent and the prints are weak and dull.A dark shirt typically needs an underbase white, highlight white and brighter colors using standard off-the-shelf plastisol ink. The final look of the image will be photorealistic but the colors of CMYK are not used. This process is called Simulated Process Color. It is a technique developed years ago where standard spot colors that are converted to halftone dots print on top of and next to each other to "simulate" a Process Color look.
When you see a bright looking photorealistic image on a dark shirt it is done with at least six colors of ink. If the color separations are done correctly, this process is actually fairly easy. In fact once you start doing simulated process color you will be amazed that it is easier to print than tight registration spot color!T-Seps creates OUTSTANDING Simulated Process Color separations. In fact 80% of dark shirt jobs can be printed with a six color press and YES you can do outstanding work on a manual press and vellum to burn screens. T-Seps makes is easy.
No only does it create great color separations, it also tells you how to output them to vellum or film including what halftone line count to use and what halftone angle to use. It tells you what screen mesh to use for each color and what color sequence to print the job in.
And, best of all, it lets you use off-the-shelf plastisol (or waterbased) ink colors of red, yellow, light blue and dark blue. Simple! You will be amazed at your first job. You don't have to be a Photoshop expert to use T-Seps.Whether you want to print standard simulated process color with plastisol, special discharge or waterbased ink separations or make your own photorealistic simulated process color hot or cold split heat transfers…. T-Seps can do it all with the push of a button.
Many of these videos were shot in the older T-Seps 2.0 that does not have a graphic interface. T-Seps 3.0 and 3.5.5 do the same type of separations but with a graphic interface.
Watch a short video [viddy f=’yt__kq6BRKyRjw’ i=’Overview of Simulated Process Separations (2:36)’ w=720 h=480 t=’Overview of Simulated Process Color Separations’]
Watch a short video [viddy f=’yt_r2DeTnM7Htg’ i=’5-Color Simulated Process Separations Demo (5:35)’ w=720 h=480 t=’5-Color Simulated Process Separations Demo (5:35)’]
Watch a short video [viddy f=’yt_hPGNr_1rsTA’ i=’Discharge Ink Routine (3:13)’ w=720 h=480 t=’Discharge Ink Routine’]
Index Color Separations
For dark and light shirts including a great Discharge Ink routine
Index Color is at its best when you can print a lot of colors. Some of the best images on dark shirts are indexed but they are generally eight colors or more.Index Color is also EXCELLENT for simple images with a few colors and works great for Spot Color designs. With T-Seps it is easy to run a variety of routines and see what routine did the best job on the design.T-Seps has an optional Hybrid routine that combines a halftone dot underbase (easier to tweak) with Index Color separations for the colors. This gives you the best of both worlds and basically combines Simulated Process Color and Index Color separation strengths.
Index Color separations use a special technique that converts the entire image into separations that consist of small dots or pixels (commonly called square dots). These are not the same as halftone dots that vary in size. Each pixel in an Index separation is the same size. This routine is excellent where you need to choose the exact colors from within the image (for perfect color matching). It lets you choose the colors you want to use! It takes these colors from your color palette and makes the rest of the colors work. And, there is also a new discharge ink routine. It is like magic.
Watch a short video [viddy f=’yt_hVM-tczvT2w’ i=’Overview Index Color Separations (5:20)’ w=720 h=480 t=’Overview Index Color Separations (5:20)’]
CMYK Process Color Separations
For light and dark shirts
Now you can print stunning CMYK four-color process on light or dark shirts. And, if the image is going on pastel or medium color shirts T-Seps creates an underbase and highlight white file while allowing you to add up to three spot colors. The beauty of using T-Seps for CMYK is that is knows all the tricks needed to make Photoshop CMYK separations work on garments. If you use the standard Photoshop settings for paper printing you will have very poor images on T-Shirts.
Watch short video [viddy f=’yt_NwORc-Yl_30′ i=’CMYK Color Separations (4:19)’ w=720 h=480 t=’CMYK Color Separations’]
Hot Split Heat Transfer Color Separations
For light and dark shirts
T-Seps has an excellent Hot-Split heat transfer color separation routine. If you screen print heat transfers and struggle doing photorealistic images, T-Seps is the answer. And, if will create a solid clearcoat "plate" that you can use to tie the entire design together.
Black and White and Old Photo Separations
This is very popular look. Take any colored photograph and turn it into a rich black and white image (It's actually five colors!), or give it an old photo look with the sepiatone routine. T-Seps creates an underbase and highlight for these so they will work on dark shirts, too.
Watch short video [viddy f=’yt_0ergqx36KIU’ i=’Old Photo Routine (6:07)’ w=720 h=480 t=’Old Photo Routine’]
Spot Color Separations
For light and dark shirts with and without trapping
T-Seps works great with simple spot color images. You can have the program create butt register separations or provide a slight trap to the image AND it will create an underbase with or without a choke!
Sample images shown were separated with FastFilms or T-Seps and are from friends and customers from around the world. T-Seps uses the same print engine developed by Scott Fresener and does the same outstanding color separations as it's older brother – FastFilms. All images, trademarks, licenses, copyrights, and ownership is acknowledged. All images shown are unretouched photographs of actual shirt prints.