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Using mixed inks and registration

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Video: Using mixed inks and registration

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.

Using mixed inks and registration

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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InDesign CS5: Print Production Guidelines

42 video lessons · 15557 viewers

James Wamser
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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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