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InDesign CS5: Print Production Guidelines

Converting from RGB to CMYK during PDF export


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InDesign CS5: Print Production Guidelines

with James Wamser

Video: Converting from RGB to CMYK during PDF export

In a previous movie, we looked at how we can use RGB images in our InDesign documents. Now, we're going to take a look at how we can convert those RGB images into CMYK when exporting a PDF. I'm going to go ahead and look at my Links panel to see how many RGB images I have in my document. When I go to my Panel Options, I can click next the Color Space, and I can see the color space for every object. In this case, I notice that they are all RGB. Now unless my printer is familiar with working in an RGB-color-managed workspace, I'm going to want to export this as a CMYK document.
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  1. 3m 19s
    1. Welcome
      54s
    2. Using the exercise files
      31s
    3. Asking the right questions before starting your document
      1m 54s
  2. 21m 59s
    1. Building documents correctly
      3m 9s
    2. Understanding facing pages vs. non-facing pages
      2m 8s
    3. Creating a four-page spread with a left-hand page 1
      1m 48s
    4. Creating a gatefold layout
      2m 7s
    5. Creating a letterfold layout
      2m 27s
    6. Creating a book cover layout for a perfect bound book
      3m 11s
    7. Creating a calendar layout
      3m 13s
    8. Creating a drill edge
      3m 56s
  3. 11m 16s
    1. Understanding the preflight settings
      4m 55s
    2. Creating profiles
      2m 26s
    3. Loading and embedding profiles
      1m 18s
    4. Looking at the results
      2m 37s
  4. 10m 13s
    1. Understanding process colors, spot colors, and the Ink Manager
      1m 57s
    2. Using overprint vs. knockout
      1m 46s
    3. Using rich black (percentages of CMYK)
      1m 44s
    4. Checking for unnamed colors
      2m 4s
    5. Using mixed inks and registration
      2m 42s
  5. 4m 25s
    1. Using layers
      2m 25s
    2. Understanding Conditional Text and GREP
      2m 0s
  6. 6m 6s
    1. Understanding document fonts
      1m 33s
    2. Avoiding common font problems
      2m 57s
    3. Choosing the best font formats
      1m 36s
  7. 9m 0s
    1. Looking at the Links panel
      1m 32s
    2. Customizing the Links panel
      1m 56s
    3. Understanding resolution and scaling
      2m 4s
    4. Understanding actual resolution vs. effective resolution
      1m 53s
    5. Choosing file formats
      1m 35s
  8. 6m 47s
    1. Understanding RGB and CMYK
      2m 13s
    2. Using ICC profiles
      2m 13s
    3. Converting from RGB to CMYK during PDF export
      2m 21s
  9. 7m 44s
    1. Understanding accurate soft proofing in Acrobat
      2m 32s
    2. Using the Separations Preview panel
      3m 16s
    3. Using the Flattener Preview panel
      1m 56s
  10. 11m 43s
    1. Packaging your files
      2m 0s
    2. Using Adobe PDF presets
      2m 2s
    3. Understanding PDF/X-1a vs. PDF/X4
      3m 20s
    4. Understanding when to create an Acrobat layer
      1m 25s
    5. Using single pages vs. spreads
      2m 56s
  11. 2m 14s
    1. Final thoughts: 10 things to keep your printer happy
      2m 14s

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InDesign CS5: Print Production Guidelines
1h 34m Intermediate Apr 21, 2011

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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.

Topics include:
  • Understanding facing pages versus non-facing pages
  • Creating a gatefold layout
  • Loading and embedding profiles
  • Understanding overprint vs. knockout
  • Understanding mixed inks and registration
  • Setting up multiple versions of a document with conditional text and GREP
  • Avoiding common font problems
  • Understanding RGB and CMYK
Subjects:
Design Print Production
Software:
InDesign
Author:
James Wamser

Converting from RGB to CMYK during PDF export

In a previous movie, we looked at how we can use RGB images in our InDesign documents. Now, we're going to take a look at how we can convert those RGB images into CMYK when exporting a PDF. I'm going to go ahead and look at my Links panel to see how many RGB images I have in my document. When I go to my Panel Options, I can click next the Color Space, and I can see the color space for every object. In this case, I notice that they are all RGB. Now unless my printer is familiar with working in an RGB-color-managed workspace, I'm going to want to export this as a CMYK document.

To do that, I'm going to choose File, and I'm going to go under Adobe PDF Presets and choose Define. Now a great one to use for a PDF workflow and converting to CMYK is PDF/X-1a. Although this flattens your images, it also converts them to CMYK. Let me go ahead and click New, so we can look at those settings in more detail. The setting I'm most concerned about when converting from RGB to CMYK is Output. In there, I can see Color Conversion, Convert to Destination (Preserve Numbers).

Now in a very early version of InDesign Preserve Numbers was not included, and a lot of people saw their black text changed into four-color. I would use Convert to Destination (Preserve Numbers) for my color conversion. The next thing I would do is for Destination, I would pick Document CMYK. I'm going to go ahead and say OK, and I'm going to export this two-page spread. When I do that, I can look at it in Acrobat. Now, I'm in Adobe Acrobat, and I notice I have single-page PDFs, which is what I want to hand off to my printer.

I also want to hand off CMYK images. One of the ways we can tell if our images are CMYK or RGB is by using Preflight. I'm going to go ahead and look under Advanced > Preflight, and one way I can check is by using list objects using ICC/Lab/calibrated color. Next, I'm going to hit Analyze and see if there are any problems. I have no problems found in this document, which indicates I have no non-CMYK images. So as we can see, an RGB workflow is very practical, but you may want to convert to CMYK when exporting a PDF.

As long as you choose the correct settings, conversion is no problem.

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