I work in a screenprinting shop that primarily uses spot color for our RIP. I made a line and added a gradient stroke to it with 3 different spot colors. When I go to print the films, the spot colors dont show up. Any ideas?
Pic 1 is what it looks like.
Pic 2 is what shows up in the separations preview.
Illustrator is converting two of your spot colors and the overlap between those colors and the third one into process when the gradient is applied along a stroke. It does the same when applying a gradeint along the stroke, but not within the stroke or as a fill in a shape.
Is there an option for it to not do that? I need the gradient to follow that arc otherwise i'd just make that shape and use gradient fill. Only problem is gradient fill wont follow that curve, (or I dont know to make it) it stays on a straight line.
You may try to create 3 gradients, each one with a single spot from 100% to white stack them in the Appearance panel and use darken mode to blend them.
Thanks for the suggestion but still the same outcome.
Did you have a look at the file and still have a problem?
Im not sure what im doing wrong. It looks right but still doesnt show up in the separations preview right. When I merge the graphic styles the preview doesnt look like yours.
Can you share what you did?
I see that you redefined white (which is no ink in Illustrator, but used for paper color), as a spot color.
Blending with a gradient between spot colors causes the problem.
Either use white (the original paper color) or use the spot with 0% transparency in the gradient.
Ok so the spot white was the problem. I changed all the spot white to default "Paper" color and that worked! Thanks for all your help.
Good to hear that helped!
Usually gradients between 2 spots colors are separating fine (although the preview may not match the printed result). But applying them along or across a stroke is a problem.