Illustrator 5.5 question (working on a mac lion system) - Trying to create a file for my screen printer with 2 colors separated to create his screens.
Problem - I am new to Illustrator. I created a 2 color layout with text and image in Photoshop and I saved it as an eps file. I opened it in Illustrator and I created 2 layers for each color. I can select the text but I cannot select the image to separate the colors? I used the select and direct select tool, but I still cannot select the image?
What am I doing wrong?
The screen printer needs the colors separated to print each color separately. I have the layers separated by text and image in Photoshop. My screen printer needs an Illustrator file with each color separated in an illustrator file to create each screen. If I can select the image I will be able to send him the file he needs.
What do I need to do to be able to select the image in Illustrator and separately select the two colors in the art? Opening an eps file is the correct way to get it into Illustrator correct?
Thanks for getting back.
Generating color separations is a printing function. It is not necessary to make Layers corresponding to separation plates. In fact, you can't do that with a single raster image anyway.
Don't think in terms of "colors." Think in terms of inks.
What is the color depth (bits per pixel) and color mode (CMYK, RGB, Grayscale, Spot Color) of the raster image? In a 2-color job, the raster image needs to require either 1 or 2 inks, and no more. That means the raster image needs to be 1-bit, grayscale, or pre-defined as one or two spot color channels.
Saying that you saved something as EPS doesn't tell anyone anything about what it contains. EPS is just a "black box container" that can contain anything.
The artwork is 100% RGB. The art, text and image, are presently red with blue outline. Should I rasterize the image and convert it to 1-bit gray scale?
Where do I determine the number of bits in gray scale?
Concerning layers, I was following the tutorial Preparing Artwork for Screen Printing in Adobe Illustrator at this link.