Start learning with our library of video tutorials taught by experts. Get started

Print Production Essentials: Spot Colors and Varnish
Illustration by John Hersey

3D shading: Preview with overprint on


From:

Print Production Essentials: Spot Colors and Varnish

with Claudia McCue

Video: 3D shading: Preview with overprint on

Illustrator lets you add a little bit of dimensionality to shapes by using some 3D methods. Now, it isn't really a 3D program, but it adds the illusion of depth. So, this is a job that's going to print in black and Pantone 021 orange. I'm going to select this flower, and see what happens when I use the Extrude & Bevel. When I preview, well, doesn't look bad. It's, maybe it's a little too far, maybe I'll make this a little bit more shallow. Oh, a little trick if you don't know it, if you want to increase or decrease the value in a field, and you don't feel like typing or in this case that little slider's not very exact, you can use your Arrow keys. So, I just clicked in that field, if I hit my Down Arrow, see it reduces the value, hit my Up Arrow, it goes up.
Expand all | Collapse all
  1. 2m 37s
    1. Welcome
      1m 31s
    2. What you should know before watching this course
      33s
    3. Using the exercise files
      33s
  2. 19m 15s
    1. Why spot colors are necessary
      2m 32s
    2. Examples of spot color impact
      1m 45s
    3. Spot or process: Making the decision
      5m 31s
    4. Choosing a spot color
      4m 11s
    5. About the new Pantone Plus color system
      5m 16s
  3. 13m 23s
    1. How spot color inks are created
      6m 8s
    2. Considerations when using certain spot colors
      2m 35s
    3. Effects of stock on color
      2m 6s
    4. Proofing spot and special-mix colors before printing
      1m 0s
    5. Spot colors and digital printing
      1m 34s
  4. 5m 5s
    1. How spot varnishes can enhance a project
      1m 10s
    2. How varnishes, inks, and substrate interact
      2m 30s
    3. Combining different types of varnish to add dimensions
      35s
    4. Aqueous flood coatings
      50s
  5. 28m 26s
    1. Creating a multitone image (duotone and tritone)
      10m 59s
    2. Creating a simple spot color channel
      6m 30s
    3. Creating a touch plate to enhance a color image
      7m 25s
    4. Creating a spot varnish
      3m 32s
  6. 23m 14s
    1. Adding Pantone color swatches
      5m 18s
    2. Using Overprint Preview to proof the display of spot color transparency
      2m 58s
    3. 3D shading: Preview with overprint on
      2m 22s
    4. Converting spot colors to process
      3m 11s
    5. Creating a varnish
      5m 52s
    6. Creating spot gradients
      3m 33s
  7. 17m 44s
    1. Importing art containing spot color content and resolving issues with Ink Manager
      4m 28s
    2. Using Overprint Preview to proof the display of spot color transparency
      2m 30s
    3. Converting spot colors to process
      2m 29s
    4. Creating a spot varnish
      5m 35s
    5. Creating and using mixed inks
      2m 42s
  8. 7m 10s
    1. Examining with Output Preview
      4m 11s
    2. Using preflight profiles
      2m 59s
  9. 1m 9s
    1. What I hope you've learned in this course
      51s
    2. Next steps
      18s

Watch this entire course now—plus get access to every course in the library. Each course includes high-quality videos taught by expert instructors.

Become a member
Please wait...
Print Production Essentials: Spot Colors and Varnish
1h 58m Intermediate May 09, 2013

Viewers: in countries Watching now:

While most printing today is accomplished via a four-color process, there is a wide range of practical and creative options available when you add an additional color or varnish. This course teaches how these additional colors are made and shows some examples of finished projects that use these colors. Author Claudia McCue also dives directly into Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, and other creative apps and shows how to build documents correctly for printing.

Topics include:
  • Why spot colors are necessary
  • Making a decision between spot and process colors
  • Choosing a spot color
  • Understanding the effects of stock on color
  • Printing spot colors digitally
  • Using varnishes
  • Creating a multi-tone image in Photoshop
  • Adding Pantone color swatches to Illustrator
  • Creating spot varnishes in Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign
  • Using preflight profiles in Acrobat
Subjects:
Design Print Production Design Skills
Software:
Acrobat Illustrator InDesign Photoshop
Author:
Claudia McCue

3D shading: Preview with overprint on

Illustrator lets you add a little bit of dimensionality to shapes by using some 3D methods. Now, it isn't really a 3D program, but it adds the illusion of depth. So, this is a job that's going to print in black and Pantone 021 orange. I'm going to select this flower, and see what happens when I use the Extrude & Bevel. When I preview, well, doesn't look bad. It's, maybe it's a little too far, maybe I'll make this a little bit more shallow. Oh, a little trick if you don't know it, if you want to increase or decrease the value in a field, and you don't feel like typing or in this case that little slider's not very exact, you can use your Arrow keys. So, I just clicked in that field, if I hit my Down Arrow, see it reduces the value, hit my Up Arrow, it goes up.

And if you're in a hurry, Shift makes it go faster. So, that's probably about right. One little depth, don't want to get carried away. notice this little caution here though. It says, spot colors will be convereted to process. Well that's not going to work, this is a two color job. All hope is not lost though. When you click More Options. There it is, Preserve Spot Colors. Now why that's not out in the open, I don't know, but this works. When I choose Preserve Spot Colors, wow, great, now it looks even worse. There's a little trick to this though, don't give up hope, it really is going to do the right thing, and it tries to confirm that for you here. Spot colors will be shaded with black overprint, and look it even tells you what to do.

Turn on Overprint Preview to view. How helpful is that? So, although it looks like it's going to print in grayscale, lets do what it says. Go to View choose Overprint Preview and low and behold, it's going to be alright. So, why is this? Well it's because Illustrator's using a little bit of trickery in order to ensure that this will image correctly. So, it's sort of cheating, it's putting the dimensionality out of just black, so you're getting sort of a black overlay over it. And as part of its normal sort of lazy display, it doesn't show you the overprint.

But at least it's polite enough to tell you in that dialog that you need to turn on Overprint Preview, and as I say Overprint Preview is a great forensic tool when you're using spot colors. It's a great way to get a better view on screen of the color. And in this case, it's a great way to assure yourself that this is actually going to image the way that you hope. So, don't forget Overprint Preview, it's kind of your friend, when you're dealing with spot colors.

There are currently no FAQs about Print Production Essentials: Spot Colors and Varnish.

Share a link to this course
Please wait... Please wait...
Upgrade to get access to exercise files.

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

Learn by watching, listening, and doing, Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course, so you can download them and follow along Premium memberships include access to all exercise files in the library.
Upgrade now


Exercise files

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

For additional information on downloading and using exercise files, watch our instructional video or read the instructions in the FAQ.

This course includes free exercise files, so you can practice while you watch the course. To access all the exercise files in our library, become a Premium Member.

Upgrade now

Are you sure you want to mark all the videos in this course as unwatched?

This will not affect your course history, your reports, or your certificates of completion for this course.


Mark all as unwatched Cancel

Congratulations

You have completed Print Production Essentials: Spot Colors and Varnish.

Return to your organization's learning portal to continue training, or close this page.


OK
Become a member to add this course to a playlist

Join today and get unlimited access to the entire library of video courses—and create as many playlists as you like.

Get started

Already a member?

Become a member to like this course.

Join today and get unlimited access to the entire library of video courses.

Get started

Already a member?

Exercise files

Learn by watching, listening, and doing! Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course, so you can download them and follow along. Exercise files are available with all Premium memberships. Learn more

Get started

Already a Premium member?

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

Ask a question

Thanks for contacting us.
You’ll hear from our Customer Service team within 24 hours.

Please enter the text shown below:

The classic layout automatically defaults to the latest Flash Player.

To choose a different player, hold the cursor over your name at the top right of any lynda.com page and choose Site preferencesfrom the dropdown menu.

Continue to classic layout Stay on new layout
Welcome to the redesigned course page.

We’ve moved some things around, and now you can



Exercise files

Access exercise files from a button right under the course name.

Mark videos as unwatched

Remove icons showing you already watched videos if you want to start over.

Control your viewing experience

Make the video wide, narrow, full-screen, or pop the player out of the page into its own window.

Interactive transcripts

Click on text in the transcript to jump to that spot in the video. As the video plays, the relevant spot in the transcript will be highlighted.

Thanks for signing up.

We’ll send you a confirmation email shortly.


Sign up and receive emails about lynda.com and our online training library:

Here’s our privacy policy with more details about how we handle your information.

Keep up with news, tips, and latest courses with emails from lynda.com.

Sign up and receive emails about lynda.com and our online training library:

Here’s our privacy policy with more details about how we handle your information.

   
submit Lightbox submit clicked