Touch7 Photo ECG™

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  • Minimum system requirements
    Mac or PC running Adobe Photoshop CC or higher
  • LAB Settings for the RIP/DFE
    T7-Orange
    L:
    70 A: 47 B: 79

    T7-Green
    L:
    63 A: -73 B: 36

    T7-Violet
    L:
    19 A: 55 B: -70
    T7-Red
    L:
    58 A: 72 B: 62

    T7-Blue
    L:
    33 A: 18 B: -68
  • Using your own ECG inks
    If your printing device has it’s own extended gamut inks, all you need to do is print the Touch7 spot colour with the corresponding ink on your press – For example, T7-Orange would be printed with the orange ink on your printing device.
  • Recommended inks for analogue printing
    You can use your own preferred inks, however, if you wish to print using inks recommended by Touch7, we recommend the following inks:
    T7-Orange
    Pantone® 151

    T7-Green
    Pantone® 7481

    T7-Violet
    Pantone® Violet
    T7-Red
    Pantone® Bright Red

    T7-Blue
    Pantone® 2728
    PANTONE® is the property of Pantone LLC. All other trademarks or registered trademarks are the property of their respective owners. © Pantone LLC, 2017. All rights reserved.
    For more information on ink density, ink printing sequence on press, or for our most frequently asked questions, please visit our FAQ section
  • Installation guidelines for Adobe Photoshop® CC
    Step 1
    Download and install ZXPInstaller from: www.zxpinstaller.com

    Step 2
    Download the Touch7 Photo ECG™ plugin: www.touch7.co/touch7demo

    Step 3
    Open the ZXPInstaller application and drag the Touch7 Photo ECG.zxp file onto the ZXPInstaller window:

    ECG-install

    Step 4
    Quit and Restart Photoshop. Your plugin should now be available from: Window > Extensions > Touch7 Photo ECG™
  • Activating your Touch7 Photo ECG™ plug-in
    The Touch7 Photo ECG™ plug-in will work as a free 7 Day trial. At any stage of the trial period, you may enter a valid license code to unlock the full Touch7 plug-in.
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    Type your email address and press the “Click to Send” button to start the Activation Process

    Type in your Activation Code (Your Activation Code was sent to the email address you used in Step 1) Press the “Click to Send” button to Activate the plug-in. The plug-in will now work in demo mode for 7 days.

    If you have purchased a license code type it in here and press the “Click to Send” button to unlock the full Touch7 Photo plug-in. Your plug-in will now work for the duration of your license.

    Click to purchase a license code
    If you have any problems registering your Touch7 Photo ECG plug-in, please contact us for assistance at support@touch7.co
  • An overview of the Touch7 preset buttons
    Touch7 gives you the ability to selectively enhance your images. Simply choose which spot colour(s) you would like to create, by clicking the appropriate coloured button.
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    Create One Spot Colour

    Create Two Spot Colours

    Create Three Spot Colours
    Watch our tutorial videos to make sure you are getting the best image separation: www.touch7.co/support/tutorials
  • Converting an image
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    To create your ECG separations, simply click on the appropriate coloured buttons.
    Watch our tutorial videos to make sure you are getting the best image separation: www.touch7.co/support/tutorials
  • SCR (Source Colour Removal)
    SCR is a little bit like UCR, but whereas UCR restricts the amount of ink printed in the shadows, SCR is used to remove the equivalent hue value of the Touch7 spot colours from the original source image – this feature is particularly useful when you wish to extract out a range of colour from your image, that you wish to be swapped out for the ECG ink on your press.
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    Unlike using the PRESETS buttons which adds a spot colour to enhance the colour saturation of your image, the SCR feature is designed to subtract the ECG spot colour value from your image so that you use less ink in the CMYK areas when printing with the ECG ink.
    SCR can be applied to individual Touch7 spot colours, giving you freedom to control how your design is printed
    Note: The latest plugin update (v1.2 or higher) will convert CMYK images into RGB to perform the best SCR image separation – you can convert the RGB back into CMYK without any data loss.
    Watch our tutorial video on SCR for a hands on demonstration that shows the before and after effect of using this advanced feature: www.touch7.co/support/tutorials
  • SCR (Advanced Features)
    How to process an image using the SCR buttons.
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    Step 1:
    Open your image and choose which ECG separations to create. In this instance we will create a GREEN and ORANGE separation.
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    Step 2:
    Using “LEVELS” in Photoshop, set your shadow point to push more colour into the ECG separation (if desired) – The SCR feature will subtract this spot colour from your source image.
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    Step 3:
    Make sure you are on your CMYK/RGB channel, then press the SCR buttons.
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    BEFORE using the SCR feature
    The image to the left has the GREEN and ORANGE separations shown on top of the original CMYK image – if this image was printed as it is, the GREEN and ORANGE will overprint – adding extra colour saturation to the printed image.
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    AFTER using the SCR feature
    The image shown to the left is without the GREEN and ORANGE separation, to show you how the original source image has had the colour removed from where the green and orange inks will print.
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    Final Image
    The green and orange inks will now increasing the vibrancy of the image.
    Watch our tutorial video on SCR for a demonstration that shows the before and after effect of using this advanced feature: www.touch7.co/support/tutorials
  • Working with RGB or CMYK images
    Whenever possible we advise working with original RGB images, as these images have a larger colour gamut and therefore have more data to extract out – Images that have been converted to CMYK have a reduced colour gamut and therefore there’s less colour information to extract out!

    Also, just because an image says it’s RGB, doesn’t mean that it has always been an RGB image...Sometimes people convert CMYK images to RGB, but this still retains the same reduced colour space of the original CMYK image – Therefore, it’s a good working procedure to edit your spot separations after they have been extracted, to ensure you are getting the best out of your images.
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    In the image above we are going to extract out ORANGE, GREEN and BLUE spot separations, using the Orange, Green and Blue buttons on the Touch7 Plug-in. However, because this image is in CMYK, some of the colour information will have been clipped/reduced - this is because CMYK has a smaller colour space compared to RGB, so when an image is converted to a smaller colour space, it loses some of that colour saturation. Touch7 can be used to add more colour back in to your image.
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    The image above shows the standard image separations that were created using the preset buttons on a CMYK image
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    The image above shows how using “LEVELS” in Photoshop, you can add more colour to your ECG separations.

    The Touch7 plug-in can only extract out colour information that is in the image. If your image has very little ECG colour data, you can add more colour into your design by using LEVELS in Photoshop. We would advise to increase the amount of colour in your separations by controlling the shadow point on the histogram, as shown in the image above. When you are happy with your separations, click on OK.

    To see a video tutorial of how this works please visit www.touch7.co/support/tutorials
  • Working with images in PDF files
    Touch7 can be used to process images within a customer supplied PDF – However, due to the limitations of Adobe Acrobat it’s only possible to process one image at a time.
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    Step 1
    Open your PDF file using Adobe Acrobat (requires a full version of Adobe Acrobat Pro/DC)

    Step 2
    Using the Adobe Acrobat Tools, select the “EDIT PDF” function.

    Step 3
    Select the image you wish to convert and go to the “EDIT USING” feature, and select your version of Adobe Photoshop – If you do not see a version of Adobe Photoshop listed, navigate to your preferred Photoshop application, using the “Open with...” option.

    Step 4
    Your image will then open up in Photoshop – Next, process the image using Touch7 Photo ECG, and once you are happy with your file conversion, save and close the image.

    Step 5
    Next, go back to your PDF in Adobe Acrobat and your image will automatically update, bringing in the extra Touch7 spot colours.
  • Deleting history snapshots
    When the Touch7 plug-in processes an image, it needs to create “History snapshots” at various stages of the file conversion. Once you have processed an image, if you wish to undo what you have done and try a different Touch7 preset button, you would first need to delete the previous history snapshots.
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    Note: If you do not delete the previous History Snapshots, the Touch7 preset buttons will be locked, ensuring that you do not accidentally delete your existing separations.
    Watch our tutorial video on how to delete history snapshots on our website: www.touch7.co/support/tutorials

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