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Granite Bay Graphic Design Building Blocks: Adobe Photoshop

“Photoshop is just like makeup. When it’s done well it looks great, and when it’s overdone you look like a crazy asshole.”

TINA FEY

Adobe Photoshop has more useful tools than most of us could ever utilize. The images below, which only scratch the surface highlight just of the few options a graphic designer might consider using to enhance or otherwise modify an image in getting a job ready for the printing press. Some of these tools are just as likely to be used in preparing an image for online use, although the photographer or graphic artist would work in the RGB “color space” rather than CMYK as shown below.

On This Page:A—Photoshop and Conventional CMYK PrintingB—When 4 Colors Aren’t Enough—Black Touch Plate on Uncoated StockC—When 4 Colors Aren’t Enough—New Channels for More ColorsD—Using CMYK Curves to Alter Overall ColorE—Using Hue / Saturation to Alter Overall ColorLearn More About Graphic Design Building Blocks


A—From Photoshop to Press: Conventional 4-Color (Process)

Graphic Design Building Blocks—Step-by-Step—From Photoshop to Printing Press on Granite Bay Graphic Design

Above: Left: How a digital image appears in Photoshop by default. Center: The channels palette in Photoshop showing the full colors image channel (the top layer), then the cyan, magenta, yellow and black (CMYK) channels—by selecting any of the CMYK channels, the photographer or graphic designer can adjust that channel if he or she wanted to change the amount of cyan, for instance, in the full color image (there are other ways of doing that (see curves and levels below). Right: The four CMYK channels in the way the photographer or designer might picture them. Granite Bay Graphic Design Building Blocks Link Icon Learn more about CMYK and RGB color spaces.

Graphic Design Building Blocks—Step-by-Step—From Photoshop to Printing Press on Granite Bay Graphic Design

Above: Left: The conventional way to print a basic full-color (also called process color) uses CMYK dots to create an infinite number of new colors. Where the dots overlap, for example, cyan and yellow will create green. Depending on the finished color, black or magenta dots may also be added to make different values of green. Center: The same CMYK dot plates zoomed out to see a more complete example of the dots and how each plate (channel) dots overlap other plate’s dots to form an endless variety of new colors. Right: The rollers on a printing press showing the four CMYK colors before plates are made. Note: Your office or home printer most likely uses the exact same process. When you buy cartridges, they are most likely cyan, magenta, yellow and black.

Graphic Design Building Blocks—Step-by-Step—From Photoshop to Printing Press on Granite Bay Graphic Design

Above: The printed piece. The bold headlines are made up of the four CMYK inks. However, depending on the designer’s preference and the client’s budget, the bold headlines could also be made of “spot colors” which would be solid colors (no CMYK dots). See more on spot colors here.

B—When 4 Colors Aren’t Enough—Black Touch Plate on Uncoated Stock

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