Definitions for "Colour separations"
All adverts with full colour need to have separations in order that the advert will appear showing correct colour representation. An individual printing plate is made for each colour used in the advert. This is a costly procedure and should only be done by a specialist.
artwork, photographs, or digital files prepared for printing by dividing them into either the four primary printing colours (cyan, magenta, yellow and black) or specified spot colours (for example, black and Pantone 422).
Proofs that show how each colour in your publication will separate into colour printing plates for final printing on a commercial printer. Separations are printed in black and white even when you print them on a desktop printer. The separations are not intended to show colours, only how the colours will separate onto individual plates for printing on the press.