Photoshop 0-60 separations for screen printing

Learn the four main separation methods in Photoshop: Spot, Index, 4-Color Process, and Simulated Process


What is Photoshop 0-60 separations course?

The 0-60 Photoshop course on separations is a clear, step-by-step process for you to learn the four main separation methods in Photoshop. This course includes a breakdown of Spot Colors, Index Colors, 4-Color Process, and Simulated Process separations. You will also learn how to estimate colors, set up separations in Photoshop as a digital proof so you can troubleshoot your separations before you even print a positive or burn a screen. This course is the culmination of over 20 years of screen printing separation knowledge that has been distilled down into a manual system that you can use when you have to separate a bitmap image in Photoshop.

Step-by-step Classes & More.

This course started with in-person consultation training and the most common requests were for more breakdowns of the four main separation methods that could be broken down into STEP-BY-STEP processes that could be experienced and practiced at an individual student's pace. With this course the next level of interactive and paced out, STEP-BY-STEP training will be available to members with improved videos, practice artwork, and individual attention for questions and answers.

Interact with your peers.

Each class session will include a monitored and private Facebook group that will allow for discussion of tasks, jobs, and business questions that may be outside of the regular course training. The friends and associations that can be made from this private group can provide ongoing benefits to students long after they have completed the training.

Let’s Break it Down

The Photoshop 0-60 separation course for screen printers is comprised of modules that cover different levels of art complexity in each of the four separation methods:

Spot color separations

  1. The first section covers the fundamental SETUP and SYSTEM that all of the separation methods use to create a working digital proof.
  2. The next area in Spot color covers the creation of a working UNDERBASE and also how to create some blending and shadows.
  3. The final Spot color section covers more detailed blending of colors and how to COMPENSATE for dot gain in blends and overlapping shades.

Index color separations

  1. The first index section covers the fundamentals of what is unique about INDEX splits in setup and processing images.
  2. The second section in Index separations covers a more detailed image and UNDERBASE setup as well as color selection and optimization.
  3. The third area explores some advanced Index separation techniques with some EXPANDED separation styles that get more out of every color.

4-Color Process separations

  1. The primary section goes into details on how color PROOFING and ADJUSTMENT are done to images that are to be separated for process color.
  2. The second area discusses how to deal with an image that has too much out-of GAMUT colors and how to COMPENSATE for this common issue.
  3. The final section covers EXPANDED GAMUT 4-color process (which is more than 4 colors) and how this can MANAGE the dot gain issue for certain images and long print runs.

Simulated Process separations

  1. The first section will cover how to SET UP all simulated separation sets, no matter how complex, so that you can work your way through them.
  2. The next section will detail the different ways that UNDERBASE are created and how top colors are SELECTED and separated into screens.
  3. The third area will cover some advanced simulated process separations for DARK SHIRTS with shadows, transparent areas, and lots of color blending.
  4. Additional areas will be included that will cover FLESH TONE separation and other COLOR crunching concepts to save colors on press.
  5. The final bonus section will cover COMBINATION separation where Index seps and other methods (unique halftones, shapes, etc) of creating values are integrated.

What will you learn?

There will be four main separation divisions covering the top ways of separating in Photoshop (Spot color, Index color, 4-Color process, and Simulated Process). Each type of separation will be broken down to show the SYSTEM that will make that process consistent and how to modify/prep artwork for each style. The practice files are included so students can follow along and separate the files using each method. The course shows STEP-BY-STEP processes on how to separate images for each type of separation style and EXPLAINS why you should use each different style of separation on different types of artwork and/or for screen printers with different capabilities.

What happens after the Photoshop course ends?

Each student will graduate the course with their permanent access to all video lessons, practice files, and on-going access to the private Facebook group. Every student will also have a premium seat for any new course or content.

What are people saying about the training?

Here's some comments from several of the course students about training with Thomas Trimingham:

Fantastic training course! I have learned more in the first video than in the last two classes I did at last year's show. Thanks a lot!

I finally feel like I can handle images in Photoshop for my company. Appreciate the knowledge.

Thanks for taking extra time so I could understand each area. I learn a little slower but with it broken down I got it to work!

Your Instructor

Thomas Trimingham
Thomas Trimingham

Hi there! My name is Tom and I am a screen printing artist, instructor, separator, and author that lives in the Northwest Suburbs of Chicago. Over the past 29 years I have worked with all manner of screen printing shops across the country as a consultant, art director, head of research and development, and high-end separator. From small mom & pop operations to some of the worlds largest printing shops, I have been an Art Director, High-End Separator, and Head of R&D. During this time I also worked at the Illinois Institute of Art teaching classes on drawing and design. These days I have also been working and developing skills in marketing and management which is one of the most common requests from small businesses. I have been writing for the screen printing industry for over 20 years with over 165 published articles. When I am not working I enjoy spending time with my family and our crazy pets, or teaching / practicing martial arts and fitness.

Course Curriculum

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
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