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Previewing color separations


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Acrobat X Essential Training

with Anne-Marie Concepción

Video: Previewing color separations

Traditionally, when a color publication needs to be printed, somebody at the printer takes each color page--like what you see here in screen--they separate it into the four basic process colors, which are cyan, magenta, yellow, and black. Those are the four inks that are loaded on a press, and various combination of those colors produce basically every color that you see in front of you. They don't load one million colors on the press in order to produce these lovely flowers. In addition to the process colors, there's something called spot colors, which are additional colors that are specific color, like say the red of the Coca-Cola logo, that cannot be reproduced in CMYK.
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  1. 1m 53s
    1. Welcome
      1m 33s
    2. Using the exercise files
      20s
  2. 55m 0s
    1. Opening documents and moving them around
      6m 3s
    2. Working with the toolbars
      5m 59s
    3. Working with the panels
      3m 43s
    4. Customizing the toolbar with Quick Tools
      4m 40s
    5. Using the Pages panel to navigate
      3m 57s
    6. Selecting and copying text and graphics
      3m 24s
    7. Rotating pages
      4m 49s
    8. Changing the viewing options
      6m 12s
    9. Reviewing preferences
      7m 6s
    10. Finding words and phrases
      2m 35s
    11. Searching a PDF and working with the Search panel
      4m 21s
    12. Sharing PDFs by email and with Adobe SendNow
      2m 11s
  3. 33m 18s
    1. Creating PDFs from Microsoft Office applications
      9m 46s
    2. Creating PDFs from Creative Suite applications
      8m 57s
    3. Creating PDFs from within Acrobat Pro
      4m 27s
    4. Creating PDFs from a web site
      8m 22s
    5. Creating PDFs from the clipboard
      1m 46s
  4. 30m 58s
    1. Editing text
      8m 51s
    2. Adding text
      4m 40s
    3. Editing images and graphics
      3m 39s
    4. Changing the page number display
      3m 48s
    5. Digitally signing PDFs
      6m 26s
    6. Cropping pages and documents
      3m 34s
  5. 1h 6m
    1. Adding watermarks
      6m 17s
    2. Adding page backgrounds
      5m 41s
    3. Adding page numbers
      5m 56s
    4. Adding headers and footers
      9m 7s
    5. Adding bookmarks
      11m 30s
    6. Attaching files to a PDF
      7m 11s
    7. Adding metadata
      3m 45s
    8. Optimizing a PDF for file size and compatibility
      10m 12s
    9. Creating initial view settings
      7m 16s
  6. 37m 59s
    1. Adding hyperlinks to URLs
      7m 33s
    2. Creating links with the Link tool
      6m 9s
    3. Working with interactive actions
      6m 56s
    4. Creating and adding buttons
      6m 28s
    5. Adding video, sound, and SWF files
      7m 29s
    6. Adding page transitions
      3m 24s
  7. 27m 12s
    1. Extracting pages
      3m 53s
    2. Splitting a PDF into multiple files
      4m 13s
    3. Inserting pages from files and other sources
      5m 42s
    4. Moving, copying, and replacing pages
      8m 17s
    5. Combining PDFs
      5m 7s
  8. 27m 9s
    1. Exporting text
      8m 33s
    2. Exporting images
      6m 33s
    3. Exporting PDFs to Microsoft Word
      7m 21s
    4. Exporting PDFs to Microsoft Excel
      4m 42s
  9. 26m 27s
    1. Working with portfolios
      6m 57s
    2. Creating portfolios
      6m 26s
    3. Customizing portfolios
      7m 23s
    4. Optimizing backward compatibility
      5m 41s
  10. 32m 9s
    1. Creating an interactive form
      6m 42s
    2. Working with form fields
      6m 41s
    3. Editing field properties
      5m 34s
    4. Distributing and collecting forms
      9m 43s
    5. Enabling Reader to save form data
      3m 29s
  11. 34m 26s
    1. Adding sticky notes and other annotations
      9m 2s
    2. Using the drawing markup tools
      6m 10s
    3. Viewing, filtering, and replying to comments
      5m 24s
    4. Printing, summarizing, and exporting comments
      6m 35s
    5. Exporting comments to Word for Windows
      3m 28s
    6. Enabling extended commenting in Acrobat Reader
      3m 47s
  12. 25m 29s
    1. Understanding the different review processes
      2m 7s
    2. Using the email review process
      4m 33s
    3. Conducting a shared review with Acrobat.com
      6m 54s
    4. Using the Review Tracker
      4m 32s
    5. Using the Collaborate Live review process
      7m 23s
  13. 31m 2s
    1. Reviewing the print production tools
      5m 18s
    2. Previewing color separations
      3m 51s
    3. Using the Object Inspector to learn details
      3m 13s
    4. Working with the Preflight dialog box
      5m 34s
    5. Fixing hairlines
      3m 57s
    6. Converting colors
      2m 27s
    7. Saving as a standards-compliant PDF
      6m 42s
  14. 19m 16s
    1. Scanning a paper document to PDF
      4m 44s
    2. Setting up optimization options
      6m 48s
    3. Recognizing text in a scanned PDF
      4m 43s
    4. Reviewing and correcting OCR suspects
      3m 1s
  15. 17m 18s
    1. Using the built-in Actions for automation
      5m 32s
    2. Editing Actions
      4m 7s
    3. Creating new Actions
      4m 51s
    4. Sharing Actions with others
      2m 48s
  16. 35m 27s
    1. Choosing a security method
      5m 27s
    2. Password-protecting a PDF
      7m 28s
    3. Securing a PDF with a certificate
      5m 6s
    4. Creating a digital id
      5m 43s
    5. Removing sensitive content with the Redaction feature
      6m 52s
    6. Revealing and clearing hidden information
      4m 51s
  17. 33m 45s
    1. Opening and navigating PDFs in Reader
      7m 30s
    2. Adding comments
      3m 14s
    3. Viewing extended features
      6m 53s
    4. Digitally signing a PDF
      6m 15s
    5. Sharing PDFs
      2m 29s
    6. Using Acrobat.com
      7m 24s
  18. 3m 54s
    1. Final thoughts
      3m 54s

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Acrobat X Essential Training
8h 59m Beginner Nov 19, 2010

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In Acrobat X Essential Training, author Anne-Marie Concepción demonstrates how to create, modify, review, and share PDFs in Adobe Acrobat X Standard or Pro. Starting with a tour of the new panels-based interface, the course covers the basics of the software, such as creating and customizing PDFs, searching, editing text and graphics, and extracting PDF content to use in other programs. Also included are tutorials on creating forms, inserting interactivity and rich media, using the prepress tools, combining PDFs with other types of files to create customized portfolios, and ensuring document security. Exercise files accompany the course.

Topics include:
  • Creating PDFs from web pages, Office files, and Creative Suite files
  • Signing PDFs with a digital signature
  • Creating interactive forms
  • Annotating PDFs with comments
  • Collaborating with others using PDF reviews
  • Making scanned documents searchable with OCR
  • Preparing documents for print with print production tools
  • Automating routine tasks with Actions
  • Securing PDFs with encryption and password-protection
  • Removing sensitive content with the Redaction feature
  • Sharing PDFs
  • Using the new features in Reader X and Acrobat.com
Subjects:
Business PDF
Software:
Acrobat
Author:
Anne-Marie Concepción

Previewing color separations

Traditionally, when a color publication needs to be printed, somebody at the printer takes each color page--like what you see here in screen--they separate it into the four basic process colors, which are cyan, magenta, yellow, and black. Those are the four inks that are loaded on a press, and various combination of those colors produce basically every color that you see in front of you. They don't load one million colors on the press in order to produce these lovely flowers. In addition to the process colors, there's something called spot colors, which are additional colors that are specific color, like say the red of the Coca-Cola logo, that cannot be reproduced in CMYK.

And so they pay for a fifth ink. That's spot color. That's the quick little color separation 101, to let you know why color separation is of critical importance to print production. Now, there is a place in Adobe Acrobat where you can preview the color separations, but if you look for a dialog box or a tool called Preview Color Separations, you'll never find one. It kills me. It's actually hidden in one of the Print Production tools. So, to see the Print Production tools that I have open here on the right, in case you don't see them, make sure and reveal them from the dropdown menu here, okay.

The Preview Color Separations dialog box is actually part of Output Preview. So just remember Preview. You want to preview separations, choose Output Preview. Output Preview is actually a bunch of different Previews built into one, but the first one that's selected is Separations. Immediately, by default, it shows you all of the colors that are being used in the current PDF. So this one uses all four process plates, plus it uses one pantone color. If it was separated out, and you just want to see what the black plate would look like, you could uncheck all the other colors except for black, and then this is what the black plate would look like.

Most often though, you're trying to find where the spot color is used because you want to get rid of spot color. A lot of designers not knowing quite what they're doing in the authoring application will choose colors from a big menu in the dialog box or palette or whatever their program offers, and pay no attention if it's a process color or a spot color. But this will add so much money to a print job that often you want to get rid of the pantone color. So here is all the process colors without pantone, and it's not immediately obvious to me. I'm going to fit in window with Command+ Minus or Ctrl+Minus a bit. Hang on a minute.

There we go. So we can see the entire page. I'm not seeing where that pantone color is used. So instead, I'm going to turn on the spot color plates and turn off the process plates, and then I can see that down here in the footer, the designer used a pantone color for this blue down here, instead of just a blue color from the mix of the process plates. So that's a way for me to spot where it's being used. Again, Output Preview, you can't use to fix anything. It's just a preview thing. If I wanted to convert the pantone color to a process color, I could do that from within Acrobat in one of the other dialog boxes, or I could go back to the original application, fix it there, and re-output this to PDF.

While I have this open, I wanted to also show you that you might want to use this Show dropdown menu to say things like show me things that are just spot color, which is maybe a little faster than clicking and unclicking all these things. There is also, show me anything that is RGB. Maybe in your workflow, you don't want to have any RGB files in your PDFs. So I can say, "Oh my goodness, all these are RGB. They're not CMYK." RGB is the color space that you use for monitors or online things. So there is a very useful dropdown menu at the top that I want to make sure that you pay attention to, in addition to these check boxes.

Between the menu and the check boxes, you'll be able to preview everything you would ever want to know about the colors in your PDF.

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