seedsofsedition wrote:It is always best to separate colors in layers while you are working rather then retroactively doing it. When I'm working I usually have about 30 layers going if not more (all set to transparent base). When you get close to completion you can just merge all the ones that contain the same color. Lemme know if you have some specific questions.
Yes, after making my piece I figured that would be best way is to work each color into a separate layer while going along.
I do have specific questions and am really grateful for the help.
I am mostly confused about the spot colors. I understand the concept and reason for spot colors in the printing process but am confused how you set only six spot colors for an entire piece, which is one of the derby rules.
I think for this piece I had something like 25 Pantone colors. Researching online and looking at various tutorials, I could never figure out if each of those Pantone colors represents its own spot color, in which case I would have way too many colors, or if I was to somehow simplify my many Pantone colors into six spot colors (and if that was the case, I never uncovered the process of doing that).
In short, I just don't know how to set spot colors, especially with a piece where you have a lot going on color-wise.
Doing my first piece, I realized I don't know as much as I need to about digital drawing. I spent quite a bit of time looking for a good book on the subject but so far I have only found books on digital painting, and while that can create beautiful results, I cannot imagine the difficulty in setting colors with that many brush strokes!
So, I have both PhotoShop and Illustrator and am just looking for any kind of a guide on getting better at creating a piece for shirt printing. If I can do that with digital painting then I have plenty of books to choose from, but if not, then do you know of any good books on the subject? Will getting the basic PhotoShop and/or Illustrator guide be good enough?
I really appreciate whatever help you can give me and especially your time in just reading my post!