Color Separation at Birth

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Does anybody do color separations the old fashioned way with four or more plates, and therefore, four or more separate color proofs? I haven’t seen color “progs” in ages, until the other day in Rome, under my nose, there were these.


From a printer dedicated to producing labels, here is a lovely art moderne sample of color proof printings. For those who may not remember, separating color was not a couple of clicks on the computer. It involved shooting four or more negs. Or it required making four or more overlays or frisket masks for each non-process color needed.

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