What Are Color Seperations

Color Separations are artwork and photographs that are split into their component colors so that each component color can be imaged onto its own printing plates.  Each of these plates contains one of the four following colors: cyan, magenta, yellow, and black (CMYK). As the paper is run through a printing press these component colors are reassembled into a reproduction of the intended image. By mixing these colors, printers are able to create almost every color imaginable.