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InDesign CS5: Print Production Guidelines goes over the common issues that arise when preparing InDesign documents for printing and shows how to tweak PDF and document settings to ensure the perfect print. The course shows how to avoid mistakes by preparing documents correctly upfront, covering document construction, layout, ink management settings, and output options. Prepress processes in Acrobat are also covered, including accurate soft proofing and packaging in the PDF/X formats. Exercise files accompany the course.
We're going to go ahead and take a look at named versus unnamed inks in InDesign. If I open up my Swatches panel, I can see there are a lot of inks in here already. We have Registration, Paper, Black, along with the six default process inks. But I know from looking at this, none of the inks used in my type exist in my Swatches panel. So let me go ahead and look at that once. I'm going to go ahead and select some type here, and when I go over to my Color panel, I can see this is made up of cyan, magenta, yellow, and a little bit of black.
But this particular color is not in my Swatches panel. So I want to add it to my Swatches panel because I might want to change the color and not have to go back and select every instance of this type. So to do that, I'm going to go ahead and say Add to Swatches. Now when I go back to my Swatches panel I will see that this ink now appears. The nice advantage to this is, if I double-click, I can go ahead and change this and everywhere this ink is applied, it will change as well. Now that I have my new swatch created, I can go ahead and select some other type and color it with that same swatch.
I'm going to go ahead and select the type here on the center, click on the swatch, and notice it changes to that same green. With no type selected, if I want to change the color, I can simply double-click in my swatch, and because I applied it, everywhere that swatch is applied, the color changes. Now I might want to go through here and add all my other unnamed colors without manually doing it through the Color panel. To do that, I'm going to select from the flyout menu Add Unnamed Colors. What this does is it allows InDesign to go in there and pick up all the other inks used in this document and add them to your Swatches panel.
Another thing I want to do besides adding unnamed colors is I want to select all my unused colors. When I do that, I can now delete them. Why would I do this? I want to try to keep my Swatches panel as clean as possible and not have a bunch of unused inks appearing in there. It causes less questions when it comes time for output. So as we can see, there are a lot of advantages to using named colors; it makes changing type and other objects in InDesign very easy.
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