Screen Printing - October/November 2017 - 26
PreParing a design with flesh tones
Your next steps will depend on the complexity of the graphic
and any issues found in your review. If your design does have
a level of color pollution, or it looks to have many different
hues making up the flesh areas, an effective solution is to prep
it for separation (see Figure 2). The best way to start is to
create defined selections for all flesh areas in your image. In
Photoshop, you can use the Magic Wand, Color Range, and
Freehand or Lasso tools to create selections. As you make
your selections, save them in the Channels Docker as Alpha
Channels. It can be useful to name them "face," "arms," etc.,
for quick reference later.
Do not start separating the file without first creating some
clean selections for your flesh areas. Although this takes more
time up front, it will save a lot of time later on and prevent
mistakes from making it all the way to the press. When in
doubt, take the extra colors out.
The steps to prep the flesh-tone areas:
1. Define a selection area that includes only the flesh tones
in the image. Save these areas as an Alpha Channel.
2. Make a copy of just those areas and save it as an extra
layer on top of the original.
3. Use the Curves tool or the Colorize command to squeeze
out excess colors and force all the flesh tones to use the
same hue family.
4. Adjust the opacity of this modification layer if it is too
harsh and blend it into the original by lowering the opacity so that the original colors come through slightly.
5. Create a new layer with everything merged together so
you can start your separations from an all-inclusive layer.