Need some help - Four Color Process Separation
As some of you may know, I've been creating some paintings (using ArtRage) for someone who is going to be using the images for various items (Caps, Mugs, Plates, T-Shirts, etc). Things have been going good so far, but I've run into a problem. The person I'm making the images for was asked by the T-Shirt printer to have the image saved in a PDF format and separated using a "Four Color Process Separation".
Realizing this can't be achieved in ArtRage, I brought the pieces into Photoshop where I then converted the colors from RGB to CMYK (easy enough). The problem is, when I go to save the file as a PDF, I can't seem to get the color channels to separate into individual pages (which the printer apparently requested). Using Acrobat and viewing the saved PDF, I can see the separate color plates (for cyan, magenta, yellow, black) but I can't seem to get each plate on a page of it's own. I was able to use "Split Channels" in Photoshop to create four documents containing only the specific color information for each channel, but when I brought them all into a single PDF file, the channels seemed to convert over into a grayscale image (so they all ended up having a cmyk of their own), and I don't think that's quit what they're looking for.
Is there anyone familiar with silkscreen printing that could give me some pointers, or might know of a tutorial I could read through. My numerous searches have returned some helpful information, but I need just a little more help.
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