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Ink aliasing

From: InDesign CS4 Beyond the Basics

Video: Ink aliasing

Let's say you have created Duotones and other graphics with this one particular spot color and you have used that spot color throughout your document but then suddenly, you get word from your client or your art director, hold the presses! We need to change the ink! Are you doomed to do it all over again? No, not at all, because InDesign has a feature called Ink Aliasing that lets you map one spot color to another. Let me show you how it works. I am going to open the Swatches panel and we can see that a lot of objects in here use Pantone 361. In fact, these things here, these images are Duotones and they also use Pantone 361, I happen to know.

Ink aliasing

Let's say you have created Duotones and other graphics with this one particular spot color and you have used that spot color throughout your document but then suddenly, you get word from your client or your art director, hold the presses! We need to change the ink! Are you doomed to do it all over again? No, not at all, because InDesign has a feature called Ink Aliasing that lets you map one spot color to another. Let me show you how it works. I am going to open the Swatches panel and we can see that a lot of objects in here use Pantone 361. In fact, these things here, these images are Duotones and they also use Pantone 361, I happen to know.

These are Photoshop Duotones. And my client has told me that I need to do this all in Pantone 286 now. So I will go to the Swatches panel menu and I will say give me a new color swatch. It's going to be a spot color based on a Pantone solid coated library and I will just type 286 here. It's a nice blue color, click OK and we can see it ends up down here at the bottom of the Swatches panel. Now this is interesting because if you see here, the one that I just added is called Pantone 286 C, but there is another one here called Pantone 286.

Where did that one come from? Oh, look at that. It's blue. This image, it's a PDF image from Illustrator and that Illustrator image had something called Pantone 286 in it. It doesn't have exactly the same name though, so we might have trouble printing it. This is another reason why you need Ink Manager. Ink Manager lets us resolve all of these kinds of ink problems. So I am going to open the Ink Manager now and you can get to the Ink Manager in about five different places inside of InDesign. They all go to the same dialog box. For example, you can open it from the Print dialog box and you can open it from the Export PDF dialog box, but here I am going to open it from the Swatches panel fly-out menu, there it is, way at the bottom, Ink Manager and the Ink Manager dialog box gives me a list of all the different inks in my document.

The process colors first followed by the spot colors. Let me scroll down here and you can see I have got the three spot colors in this document, 361, 286 and 286 C. Now couple of things I should mention about the Ink Manager. First is the majority of the stuff here has to do with trapping and I am going to be covering trapping in a later title. So I am not going to worry about that right now. What I do want to point out is this left column here that has a little dot in it. If I click on that dot, it changes to a process color icon. That means that I have converted this spot color to a process color. That's how you can convert a single spot color into a process color so it will separate to CMYK when you print. In this case, that's not what I wanted to do but I just wanted to point out that you can do that here or you could even convert, all the spots to process colors which just changes all of those for you. So you don't have to click on them one at a time.

But once again that's not what I am trying to do here. What I am trying to do is ink aliasing and that lives here in the Ink Alias pop-up menu. I would like to alias everything that's in Pantone 361, so I click on that up here. Everything that's in 361 alias that to -- I could alias to what a process color if I want to, but I am going to alias it to my brand new Pantone 286 C and you can see it shows up here as being aliased. I will do the same thing with this Pantone 286 color that came in from the Illustrator document. Alias that to Pantone 286 C as well. So now all the spot colors will end up on the Pantone 286 C plate, which is exactly what I need.

I will click OK and we can see that nothing changed at all. Well, it's a little trick. You cannot see the ink aliasing in InDesign until -- you can do it but not until you turn on Overprint Preview. For some reason, Overprint Preview kicks in the make it look more accurate feature in InDesign and when we turn on the Overprint Preview feature we can see that all those colors changed. Everything that was 361 or the 286 without the C, everything got mapped to the true 286 C color.

I can even prove that to you. I am going to close the Swatches panel, go to the Window menu, I will go down to Output and I am going to choose Separation Preview. Now I will make sure Separation is turned on from the View pop-up menu here and I can see that I only have process colors and Pantone colors. In fact, I can turn off Cyan, Magenta and Yellow with no effects of the file because there is no cyan, magenta or yellow in this document anywhere. There is just black and Pantone 286. Someone on the InDesign team at Adobe once told me that one of the philosophies there was to remove stumbling blocks and let people work with more flexibility.

Well, they certainly succeeded with this feature. Ink Aliasing is all about flexibility.

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InDesign CS4 Beyond the Basics

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  1. 2m 11s
    1. Welcome
      1m 3s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 8s
  2. 25m 16s
    1. Reviewing Control panel shortcuts
      8m 34s
    2. Managing panels
      6m 14s
    3. Letting InDesign do the math
      2m 52s
    4. Using Selection tool clicks
      1m 39s
    5. Using Quick Apply shortcuts
      3m 2s
    6. Setting up context shortcuts
      2m 55s
  3. 23m 51s
    1. Using column guides
      3m 42s
    2. Formatting and positioning guides
      5m 15s
    3. Setting first baseline options
      5m 30s
    4. Using the Document grid
      3m 13s
    5. Setting bleeds
      3m 3s
    6. Using slugs
      3m 8s
  4. 48m 2s
    1. Shuffling pages (or not)
      2m 47s
    2. Scaling objects to a specific size
      2m 32s
    3. Aligning objects to a page
      4m 41s
    4. Using advanced libraries
      4m 5s
    5. Using advanced anchored objects
      11m 21s
    6. Setting non-printing objects
      3m 10s
    7. Creating notes
      5m 23s
    8. Using Data Merge
      10m 41s
    9. Creating templates
      3m 22s
  5. 39m 32s
    1. Creating polygons and starbursts
      2m 35s
    2. Setting custom stroke styles
      5m 15s
    3. Using advanced effects
      8m 46s
    4. Making masks in InDesign
      4m 10s
    5. Integrating InDesign and Illustrator
      4m 59s
    6. Setting compound paths
      5m 4s
    7. Using advanced clipping paths
      6m 6s
    8. Using advanced image transparency
      2m 37s
  6. 55m 26s
    1. Using advanced text formatting
      5m 37s
    2. Using other languages
      4m 22s
    3. Setting advanced paragraph numbering
      3m 12s
    4. Using GREP to find/change
      6m 54s
    5. Managing glyphs
      5m 6s
    6. Finding and changing glyphs
      2m 39s
    7. Adding footnotes
      7m 57s
    8. Creating outlines
      3m 39s
    9. Setting conditional text
      9m 16s
    10. Creating cross-references
      6m 44s
  7. 33m 3s
    1. Advanced text importing
      7m 49s
    2. Using Apply Next Style
      5m 4s
    3. Advanced text styling
      6m 9s
    4. Setting load styles
      2m 58s
    5. Linking to text files on disk
      4m 1s
    6. Understanding GREP styles
      7m 2s
  8. 1h 4m
    1. Building a multi-document book
      4m 42s
    2. Setting page numbering across books
      7m 53s
    3. Setting chapter numbering
      6m 7s
    4. Using the Section Marker feature
      6m 53s
    5. Creating "Continued On..." numbers
      4m 44s
    6. Synchronizing documents in a book
      5m 41s
    7. Creating a table of contents
      11m 24s
    8. Indexing documents
      7m 24s
    9. Generating an index
      6m 47s
    10. Printing or exporting a book
      3m 10s
  9. 46m 4s
    1. Creating hyperlinks
      12m 53s
    2. Setting bookmarks
      6m 7s
    3. Creating buttons
      11m 16s
    4. Making movies
      8m 24s
    5. Creating sounds
      4m 51s
    6. Setting page transitions
      2m 33s
  10. 25m 59s
    1. Setting up swatch and style defaults
      3m 24s
    2. Using mixed ink colors
      6m 16s
    3. Working with duotones
      4m 23s
    4. Overprinting
      2m 10s
    5. Ink aliasing
      4m 50s
    6. Using the Kuler panel
      4m 56s
  11. 50m 27s
    1. Creating the transparency blend space
      4m 6s
    2. Understanding InDesign color settings
      9m 8s
    3. Assign Profile and Convert to Profile
      3m 26s
    4. Working with RGB images
      7m 54s
    5. Working with CMYK images
      6m 28s
    6. Soft-proofing
      5m 18s
    7. Managing color at print time
      7m 25s
    8. Managing color in a PDF export
      6m 42s
  12. 42m 1s
    1. Embedding preflight profiles
      5m 1s
    2. Using the Transparency Flattener preview
      3m 23s
    3. Reviewing Transparency Flattener settings
      6m 30s
    4. Setting print presets
      3m 35s
    5. Setting PDF presets
      3m 21s
    6. Exporting to XHTML
      7m 42s
    7. Exporting to SWF
      6m 45s
    8. Exporting to XFL
      5m 44s
  13. 25m 58s
    1. Understanding XML and InDesign
      6m 51s
    2. Structuring InDesign content
      4m 17s
    3. Importing XML
      6m 57s
    4. Exporting to XML
      7m 53s
  14. 34s
    1. Goodbye
      34s

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