Touch7 Photo Neon™

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  • Minimum system requirements
    Mac or PC running Adobe Photoshop CC or higher
  • LAB Settings for the RIP/DFE
    T7-NeonBlue
    L: 55 A: -38 B: -43

    T7-NeonPink
    L: 61 A: 76 B: -16

    T7-NeonYellow
    L:
    93 A: -19 B: 69
  • Mapping to your devices neon fluorescent inks
    At the RIP/DFE, assign the Touch7 spot colour to the corresponding ink on your press – For example, T7-NeonPink would be printed with the Pink 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:

    Recommended ink

    T7-NeonBlue > Pantone® 801
    T7-NeonPink > Pantone® 806
    T7-NeonYellow > Pantone® 803


    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.
  • Installation guidelines for Adobe Photoshop® CC
    Step 1
    Download and install ZXPInstaller from: www.zxpinstaller.com

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

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

    Activation

    Step 4
    Quit and Restart Photoshop. Your plugin should now be available from: Window > Extensions > Touch7 Photo NEON™
  • Activating your Touch7 Photo NEON™ plug-in
    The Touch7 Photo Neon™ 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 NEON 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 spot neon fluorescent separations, simply click on the appropriate coloured buttons.

    NOTE: Not all digital devices will use a neon fluorescent blue ink, however, blue fluorescent inks are popular on offset and screen printing engines. It is advised only to use the ink separations that are compatible with your device.
    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 NEON 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 neon spot colour value from your image so that you use less ink in the CMYK areas when printing with the neon 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 neon separations to create. In this instance we will create a PINK separation.
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    Step 2:
    Using “LEVELS” in Photoshop, set your shadow point to push more colour into the NEON separation (if desired) – The SCR feature will subtract this spot colour from your source image.
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    Step 3:
    Make sure you 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 NEON PINK separation shown on top of the original CMYK image – if this image was printed as it is, the pink 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 NEON PINK separation, to show you how the original source image has had the colour removed from where the pink ink will print.
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    Final Image
    The final image will now print with just the neon pink ink without any colour underneath it.
    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
    Although Touch7 Photo Neon will work with both RGB and CMYK images, whenever possible we advise working with CMYK images. This is because when printing with a neon Pink, Yellow or Blue ink, the plugin will separate out the Pink (magenta), Yellow and Blue (cyan) pixels within the image – this is achieved best when working with a CMYK image, so that the plugin can calculate the separation based on the CMY pixels within the image. Whereas an RGB image is an additive colour space, where you are calculating separations based on red, green and blue primaries, which is better suited to working with red, green and blue inks (extended gamut).
  • Further enhancing your generated neon separations
    Touch7 can only extract out colour information that is in the image. If your image has very little neon colour data, you can add more colour into your design by using your LEVELS in Photoshop.
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    Final Image
    We would advise to increase the amount of colour in your separations by controlling the shadow point on the histogram, as shown in the images 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 NEON, 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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