Create a pdf with 5 channels from Illustrator
Creating a PDF with 5 channels (also known as spot color channels or separation channels) directly from Adobe Illustrator can be done by following these steps:
Step 1: Create Artwork with Spot Colors in Illustrator
- Open Adobe Illustrator and create your artwork.
- Use spot colors for the elements you want to separate into 5 channels. To create spot colors, go to the Swatches panel, click the "New Color Swatch" button, and choose "Spot Color." Define five different spot colors for your channels.
Step 2: Assign Spot Colors to Your Artwork
- Assign each element to the appropriate spot color by selecting the object and then choosing the spot color from the Swatches panel.
- Make sure your artwork uses only the spot colors you want to separate. Remove any unwanted RGB or CMYK colors.
Step 3: Prepare Artboard and Layers
- Create a new artboard that represents each of your 5 channels. You'll have one artboard for each channel.
- Place the artwork for each channel on its respective artboard.
- Organize your layers so that each artboard contains only the artwork for its specific channel.
Step 4: Export Artboards as Separate PDF Files
- Go to File > Save As or File > Export and choose the PDF format.
- In the Save Adobe PDF dialog box, select "Adobe PDF (Print)" as the preset.
- In the "Save as" field, choose a location and name for your PDF.
- Click "Save."
Step 5: Configure Color Separations for Each Channel
Repeat the following steps for each artboard (channel):
- Open the artboard you want to export as a separate channel PDF.
- Go to File > Document Setup.
- Under "Bleed and Slug," set the bleed to 0 for this channel artboard.
- Click OK.
- Go to File > Save As or File > Export.
- In the Save Adobe PDF dialog box, click on the "Output" option in the left panel.
- Under "Color," select "Separations (In-RIP Separation)."
- Click "Save."
Repeat these steps for each of your 5 channels, creating separate PDF files for each channel. Each PDF will contain the artwork for a specific channel with spot color separations.
By following these steps, you'll have created separate PDF files for each of your 5 channels, which can be used in professional printing workflows for color separation and printing on a commercial press.