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Using Overprint Preview to proof the display of spot color transparency

From: Print Production Essentials: Spot Colors and Varnish

Video: Using Overprint Preview to proof the display of spot color transparency

This is a five color project, I have four colors, CMYK for my color image, and then I have a fifth color which is PANTONE 202. And I have a nice gradient here and I set up a little interaction between that gradient and the color image underneath, by going into the Effects Panel and choosing Color Dodge. But I want to be sure of course, that this is how it's going to print. You might notice that things look a little ragged. Well, I'm going to go up to View, go to Display Performance and choose High Quality Display. Now things look a little bit sharper. And here's a warning, that isn't enough to tell you the true story about how this is going to print.

Using Overprint Preview to proof the display of spot color transparency

This is a five color project, I have four colors, CMYK for my color image, and then I have a fifth color which is PANTONE 202. And I have a nice gradient here and I set up a little interaction between that gradient and the color image underneath, by going into the Effects Panel and choosing Color Dodge. But I want to be sure of course, that this is how it's going to print. You might notice that things look a little ragged. Well, I'm going to go up to View, go to Display Performance and choose High Quality Display. Now things look a little bit sharper. And here's a warning, that isn't enough to tell you the true story about how this is going to print.

Big caution, and remember this, any time you're using spot color components in your project, and you start playing with any of those blending modes, worry that it's not going to image the way it initially looks on screen. Is InDesign lying to you on purpose? Well, no. It's not taking the time, or the computational effort to show you everything on screen. So, it's enough to keep you going but, it's not enough to tell you the whole story. So make this a habit. Any time you're using Spot Color components and you're using any kind of Blending Modes, use this forensic tool. Go up to View and choose Overprint Preview.

It's the first thing on the list so it's sort of easy to overlook. Watch the bottom of the screen when I choose that. Oh, it looks totally different. I don't have that nice interaction between my gradient and that image underneath, and I have these ugly yellow splotches. And this is how it's going to print, too. Not at all what we want. So, let me select this shape and consider maybe using a different Blending Mode. As long as I'm still in Overprint Preview, I'm going to see how it's really going to image. So, I can go through the list. Now, Multiply's going to be a little bit heavy.

Screen gets rid of the image entirely. Now Overlay looks sort of like what I originally had in mind, so I think I'll settle on that. But remember, if you go back and you turn off Overprint Preview, you can be misled. This is not how it's going to image. It's not how it's going to print. This is the true story when you use Overprint Preview. Now you might find in a graphic heavy document that having Overprint Preview on all the time, may slow your performance a little bit. An that's why InDesign doesn't turn it on by default.

But remember any time you use spot color components and you start experimenting with blending modes. It's probably a good idea to work with Overprint Preview on, but if you don't want to do that, at least remember, before you finish the job, go up to View, turn on Overprint Preview, take a good look at everything and make sure that things are really going to image the way you expect.

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  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

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