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Converting colors

From: Print Production Fundamentals

Video: Converting colors

When I first opened this PDF, I see some things that might be a problem. These two bears ought to match, but the bear on the left has darker arms and legs than the bear on the right. So let's see what's going on. First, I am going to open up my Print Production tools and then I am going to choose Output Preview. And that ought to be a great step for you. Any time you open up a PDF from somebody else if you suspect there might be problems, it's always good to check. Now here is some confirmation. I have two dark blue Pantone colors and I have two reds. So let's see what's used where.

Converting colors

When I first opened this PDF, I see some things that might be a problem. These two bears ought to match, but the bear on the left has darker arms and legs than the bear on the right. So let's see what's going on. First, I am going to open up my Print Production tools and then I am going to choose Output Preview. And that ought to be a great step for you. Any time you open up a PDF from somebody else if you suspect there might be problems, it's always good to check. Now here is some confirmation. I have two dark blue Pantone colors and I have two reds. So let's see what's used where.

When I turn off the checkmark by 7700, that's why the bear on the left doesn't match the bear on the right. Those parts of the bear really should be using 7690. And then where are my two reds? I'll turn off the 7626. Ah, that's used in the bristles on the brush of the left and the 485, which is the correct color, that's used by the bristles in the brush held by the bear on the right. So I need to combine the 7690 and the 7700 into the correct ink, which is 7690.

And I need to combine my two spot reds into 485. But while I am in the neighborhood, you should check for something else. Now my printer has told me that they want a PDF that has CMYK image content not RGB. So let's see if we have any RGB. Sure enough our photographer is RGB. So that's something I'll need to fix. To fix the spot colors I'm going to use Ink Manager, so here's a little link to Ink Manager right here and when I click that I get up a little dialog that's going to let me map the wrong spot colors to the right spot colors.

Now my display looks a little out of whack here, so we are going to just go by the numbers. My 7700 that's the incorrect blue; 7690 is the correct blue. So I select 7700 and I tell Acrobat I want you to map that to alias it to the correct PMS color, which is the 7690. And you can see this little indicator. It says I am going to do that. And then the wrong red is the 7626. Again, I am going to tell it to alias the wrong color to the right color, which is 485, and we see the little indicator.

Now when I click OK, first let's take a look back here in my Output Preview, you can see the extra colors are still there, but when I click OK in Ink Manager they go away. And Acrobat is going to combine those. However, Acrobat doesn't combine them until I use a second process, which is called Convert Colors. But that's also going to let me convert my RGB guy to a CMYK guy. So it remembers what I asked it to do in Ink Manager, but now I have to sort of make it real. So when I choose Convert Colors (if you look at the bottom and this is easy to overlook), it says, hey, according to Ink Manager you also want me to do this remapping; that's great.

So I've said here that Any Object, Any Colorspace, whatever it is convert to the output profile, and in this case, it's going to run on a web press. This is the default here and so all I really have to do is click OK. So it's a big confusing dialog box, but the short story is that if you've made any choices in Ink Manager, Convert Colors is going to exercise those choices and then anything else that falls outside this color space, which is CMYK, it's going to convert to CMYK. So let's see what happens.

When I click OK, it says this can't be undone, do you want to proceed? I click Yes and you can see a little color change over here. Let's double check. I go back to Output Preview,. It's gotten rid of my extra blue and it's gotten rid of my extra red. This is great and let's see if it's fixed my RGB photographer. I ask it to show me any RGB. That's gone. If I'm paranoid, and printing will make you paranoid, I want to double check and make sure that he is CMYK, and he is. So now when I save this file all my color problems have been fixed. This is great.

So remember Output Preview lets you find the problems; Ink Manager lets you map one spot color to another, or if you need to it can turn a spot color to process. And then none of that really comes true until you use Convert Colors that exercises what you've asked for in Ink Manager and it's going to convert any RGB content to your target CMYK profile.

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Print Production Fundamentals

68 video lessons · 23437 viewers

Claudia McCue
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  1. 2m 7s
    1. Welcome
      1m 31s
    2. Using the exercise files
      36s
  2. 7m 5s
    1. What is print production?
      1m 51s
    2. Understanding roles and responsibilities
      5m 14s
  3. 13m 49s
    1. Communicating with your printer
      3m 49s
    2. What does the printer do with my files?
      2m 39s
    3. Understanding the importance of contract proofs
      1m 57s
    4. Handling corrections and alterations
      2m 8s
    5. Attending press checks
      3m 16s
  4. 13m 27s
    1. Choosing the correct type of printing for your project
      3m 15s
    2. The art of letterpress
      1m 33s
    3. Understanding the advantages of sheet-fed printing
      2m 22s
    4. Using a web press for long runs
      1m 39s
    5. Understanding thermography
      1m 38s
    6. Considerations for digital printing
      3m 0s
  5. 15m 11s
    1. What's a process color?
      2m 55s
    2. What's a spot color?
      2m 52s
    3. Exploring how ink behaves on paper
      5m 14s
    4. Comparing monitor vs. press output
      4m 10s
  6. 15m 15s
    1. Building to the correct size
      4m 37s
    2. Folding and trimming
      3m 18s
    3. Setting up for die cutting
      3m 19s
    4. Embossing
      4m 1s
  7. 3m 17s
    1. Choosing an application
      3m 17s
  8. 9m 54s
    1. Understanding font formats
      1m 45s
    2. Using OpenType fonts
      5m 20s
    3. Fonts to avoid
      2m 49s
  9. 13m 52s
    1. Comparing raster vs. vector images
      3m 23s
    2. Understanding color space
      4m 26s
    3. Examining image formats
      6m 3s
  10. 13m 13s
    1. Looking at image resolution
      7m 16s
    2. Masking basics
      5m 57s
  11. 39m 53s
    1. Understanding Illustrator
      2m 34s
    2. Illustrator layout tips
      2m 48s
    3. Building a simple three-panel brochure
      6m 29s
    4. Using swatches
      5m 22s
    5. Working with effects
      5m 16s
    6. Cautions about some effects
      1m 23s
    7. Importing images
      2m 41s
    8. Exploring fonts
      2m 42s
    9. Saving for users with older versions
      3m 2s
    10. Saving as PDF
      4m 36s
    11. Gathering up the pieces
      3m 0s
  12. 57m 8s
    1. InDesign layout basics
      5m 21s
    2. Building a simple three-panel brochure: method one
      7m 19s
    3. Building a simple three-panel brochure: method two
      3m 21s
    4. Working with color and gradient swatches
      7m 12s
    5. Making gradients and creating a rich black swatch
      4m 45s
    6. Exploring fonts in InDesign
      2m 54s
    7. Importing graphics
      7m 49s
    8. Copying and pasting graphics
      3m 38s
    9. Saving for users with older versions
      2m 21s
    10. Packaging up a print job
      6m 57s
    11. Generating PDFs
      5m 31s
  13. 22m 43s
    1. Using Overprint Preview in InDesign
      3m 3s
    2. Managing swatches in InDesign
      5m 29s
    3. Preflighting in InDesign
      7m 58s
    4. Using the Links panel in Illustrator
      3m 16s
    5. Using blending modes in Illustrator and InDesign
      2m 57s
  14. 35m 35s
    1. Basic forensics in Acrobat
      11m 3s
    2. Using Output Preview
      5m 30s
    3. Dealing with display artifacts
      2m 52s
    4. Using TouchUp tools
      8m 17s
    5. Converting colors
      4m 11s
    6. Using preflight profiles
      3m 42s
  15. 3m 27s
    1. Submitting the job
      2m 29s
    2. Being a good print customer
      58s
  16. 1m 2s
    1. Next steps
      1m 2s

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