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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.
Using Separations Preview, we're going to look at how we can tell if ink is knocking out or overprinting. We'll also talk about what that means. I'm going to go ahead and open up my Separations Preview panel and not only can I see what inks are used in my document, but I can also tell if they are knocking out or overprinting. For example, if I turn off my Pantone 179, I can see over here my Fact File goes away along with my type down here, at least part of it. Let me go ahead and turn my Pantone plate back on.
I can see that the rectangle was knocking out because I saw white behind it. I also noticed my 'navel' is overprinting, but the 'oranges' is knocking out. Let me look at that again, and you can see when I turn it off, there is white space behind the 'oranges', but this image behind the 'navel'. So you can also see how the color varies between the two words. So how would I fix that? I'm going to go ahead and select my Type tool and I'm going to select 'navel', and I'm going to open up my Attributes panel, and I'm just going to deselect Overprint Fill.
When I do that, I can now deselect my type and when I click off my Pantone 179 plate, I can see both 'navel' and 'oranges' now knock out. Now I can also turn on my Pantone plate and turn off my black plate and notice there is no white space behind my black type, so that means all my black type is overprinting. It's also the default of most common RIPs. You're going to have black as overprinting in almost every single case, which is correct.
So we can use our Separations Preview in our Attributes panel to look at what is overprinting and knocking out, and then change it if it was created in InDesign.
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