I am trying to find out how to embed a mixed ink image into Illustrator (multiple spot colors) and not get single images once it's placed. So far I've only been able to do it with DCS 2.0 files which can only be linked, not embedded. I have been successful with saving PSD files and deleting all of the layer artwork, just keeping the channels, however when I embed that file it converts it into single images of each spot channel and not a mixed ink image. Basically what I'm looking for is when you look up at the top left bar when you have the image selected it should say embedded: mix ink image PPI: 300 or something like that. Instead I've only been able to get single image to show up. Does anyone know what format is required to get that? Thank you.
CS6 for both.
Instructions: Take a photoshop file and make a few spot color channels. Save the file as (I'm trying to figure out the correct format to use) and place (embed, not linked) into an Illustrator document. The only option I have found to work is a DCS 2.0 file, which cannot be embedded or a psd (cymk, rgb, or grayscale mode) with spot channels, but it places each channel as a separate image and not as one "mixed ink" image. The issue is I need it to be one image that I can relink if I need to after the artwork has been embedded. This is to confirm registration. The current system of using DCS files allows you to do this, but it requires sending two files instead of one and is a much larger file. Saving as a PSD file allows me to embed the file but unfortunately places it as separate images (in illustrator it will read as multiple images when you click it after embedding) that I can't easily re-link if I need to update the artwork.
I know this is possible as I have a file that does this exact same thing I'm talking about and lists the art as a mixed ink image, however I do not know how it was does done as it does not tell me what the format was or how it was created. I've tried numerous formats in photoshop to try and replicate it, but have come up short. That is why I posted here. If someone knows I would be very grateful.
Here is what I'm trying to recreate:
but this is what I keep getting:
The last image is then broken down into individual image for each spot channel I created. I want it to stay as one image, which the mixed ink image appears to do.
PS I tried to unembed the mixed ink image and it alters the artwork to no longer look correct.
I once did a job like this by saving greyscale separations as tiffs.
Placed them into Illustrator and coloured each of them in its respective colour.
Set them to Multiply and put them on top of each other.
The result looked o.k. but I recall that my printer had trouble ripping the file.
Yeah that's the old school way. The placed PSD's basically do the same thing now, but it's still a pain to have to relink multiple images instead of just one. Hopefully somone knows what causes Illustrator to read channels as a mixed ink image.