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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.
Determining what inks--process, spot, or a combination of the two--is going to be used in your document is very important before starting your document. We will talk about the differences between the inks and why you would use one over the other and how you can find where they're being used. I'm going to go ahead and open up my Separations Preview, and this allows me to see what inks are used in my document and where they are. If I turn off my process plates and I just leave on my remaining spot colors, I can scroll through my document and see where those spot colors are being used.
I'm going to go ahead and turn my process inks back on and I notice that I have four different spot colors very close in color. Now normally, you would never use four different Pantone inks that are this close in color. So how this happens is somebody designs a logo or they design another piece in let's say Adobe Illustrator and they designing with the different color that's very close but not the same. So how can we fix that? Well, probably the easiest way is to come up to our Ink Manager and we want to go ahead and alias these three other spot colors back to our Pantone 179 plate.
So I'm going to go ahead and pick Pantone Warm Red and I'm just going to click on my Ink Alias pop-up and go to PANTONE 179. I'm going to click on my next Pantone color, click on the Ink Alias pop-up, and also select PANTONE 179, and finally do that with my third ink. Now when I click OK I see that only one Pantone plate is remaining, which is what we want in this case. When I turn off that Pantone plate, I can see that my Pantone inks disappear.
You can have more than one Pantone ink in a four-color job, but again, because these were so similar in color, they were a mistake. This is a quick way to fix it using the Separation Preview and the Ink Manager.
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