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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 mixed inks, how you create them and edit them, and also registration. When I go to my Swatches panel, I can see I have a variety of inks in here, plus a Pantone color. When you want to create a mixed ink, you need to have at least one Pantone color in your Swatches panel. I'm going to go ahead and make a new mixed-ink swatch, and I can click on my Pantone color, along with any one of the process plates above. So I'm going to go ahead and click on Magenta and change the percentage. Now, the big advantage to doing it this way is I can add swatches to my panel without adding additional printing plates, which would save me a lot of money.
So I'm going to go ahead and also add Process Yellow, and also change that a little bit, and I'm going to say Add. This adds this to my Swatches panel. I might go ahead and create another mixed ink and add that. And finally, I'll do one more and just add that as well. I have now created three new mixed inks, but I have not added any additional printing plates. So I'm going to go ahead and click Done. When I scroll down, I can go ahead and I can select my type and I can apply one of these new mixed inks I just created.
So I'm going to go ahead and click on the green, and now I'm going to select some more type down here and click on the green as well. Again, I was able to add swatches to my Swatches panel without adding the additional printing plates. Now if I wanted to edit that Mixed Ink, I just simply double-click, and I can go in here and I can edit it. Let me just change this a little bit and say OK. And next, I'm going to go ahead and look at Registration. So in this three-panel brochure which has a letter-fold to it, I have my fold marks and I colored those Registration.
So to do that, I clicked on the fold marks, I went to my Swatches panel, I selected my stroke, and then I clicked on Registration. Let's go ahead and take a look at that little more closely. I'm going to go ahead and zoom in on my Registration fold marks, and I can see, when I open up my Separations Preview panel, that those are 100% cyan, 100% magenta, 100% yellow, and 100% black. Now when I turn off my black plate, I can see those marks still appear.
They are going to print on all four plates, which is great because when it gets to the bindery I can see exactly where it folds. So together using a Separation Preview, we can see that our plates are four- color process, plus the Pantone. But I've also added a bunch of inks to my Swatches panel using mixed inks without adding the additional printing plates.
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