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InDesign CS5: Print Production Guidelines

Understanding process colors, spot colors, and the Ink Manager


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InDesign CS5: Print Production Guidelines

with James Wamser

Video: Understanding process colors, spot colors, and the Ink Manager

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.
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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

Understanding process colors, spot colors, and the Ink Manager

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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