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Working with duotones

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Video: Working with duotones

In the last movie, we looked at Mixed Ink Swatches. The ability to mix Pantone colors with process colors to make flat tints. Now when you do this with an image instead, it's called printing a Duotone. When done right, Duotones can give an image a sense of depth and richness. When done poorly it just looks like kind of a colorized picture. For example, let me zoom in on these three images and I am going to show three kind of hacks for applying Duotone-like effects to them right within InDesign. First, I will select this middle image with a Selection tool. Apply a background color of let's say this Pantone 361. That might as well make this little bit more dense. Increase the tint up to 70% here and now I will double-click on it to switch to the Direct Selection tool, click once more to select the image itself.

Working with duotones

In the last movie, we looked at Mixed Ink Swatches. The ability to mix Pantone colors with process colors to make flat tints. Now when you do this with an image instead, it's called printing a Duotone. When done right, Duotones can give an image a sense of depth and richness. When done poorly it just looks like kind of a colorized picture. For example, let me zoom in on these three images and I am going to show three kind of hacks for applying Duotone-like effects to them right within InDesign. First, I will select this middle image with a Selection tool. Apply a background color of let's say this Pantone 361. That might as well make this little bit more dense. Increase the tint up to 70% here and now I will double-click on it to switch to the Direct Selection tool, click once more to select the image itself.

Come over to the Effects panel and set the blending mode of the image to Multiply. That blends the image in using Multiply to that Pantone color and it gets kind of a colorized effect. Here is another colorization technique that we looked at in the Essential Training title. Just select the image and then apply a swatch to it, but in this case, I am going to apply one of these mixed ink swatches. Now I have both black and the Pantone color applied to this image. I personally think it looks kind of flat and kind of dull but you get the idea. It's a Duotone type of effect applied to an image right within InDesign. The last technique works when you have a color image, instead of a grayscale image. The top two images were grayscale but this is an actual color image that we want to turn into a Duotone like effect.

So I have got my color image there. I will go to my Effects panel and set the blending mode to Luminosity. When you do that it sort of sucks out a lot of the color from that image. Now I will double-click on this to switch back to the Selection tool, come back to the Swatches panel and then apply a color to the frame. Let's say something again like 80% of that Pantone color. Now all of these are workable, especially if I were just making a comp for a client, but ultimately they are still hacks. The best way to make a Duotone image is to use the world's best InDesign plug-in. That's right, Adobe Photoshop.

So I am going to revert this whole file back to the way it was originally. Let's revert this back and then I am going to zoom in and I would like to apply a Duotone to this image. So I will Option+Double-click on it, which launches it in its original application. That's Alt+ Double-click on Windows. Opens it up in Photoshop and now I can change this from a grayscale into a Duotone mode. So I will go Image > Mode > Duotone and when you are creating Duotones, I strongly recommend that you try and pick one of the values out of this Preset pop-up menu at the top. These are Duotone curves that Adobe knows are going to work pretty well.

What I typically do is I pick a color that's kind of similar to the one that I want. For example, let's say I wanted a green, so I am going to say green 349, blue 2. So it gives me black and green 349 but in my case I don't want 349, I was working with Pantone 361. So I will click on this green swatch, I will scroll down just a little bit until I get the 361, then click OK. The curves are going to be not perfect for this combination but it's going to be pretty close and when I click OK, I see I get a much richer color effect.

It's not just a colorized image. It's both black and green mixing together to give a really nice Duotone. Let's go ahead and save this to my Desktop. Put it up on my desktop and I am going to call it Duotone and you can choose a number of different file formats for Duotone images. Some people like using EPSs, but ultimately I just save all my Duotones in the Photoshop file format, the PSD file format. It's just the easiest, most robust file format for working with Duotones. I will click Save, switch back to InDesign and I am going to replace this gray scale with that Duotone.

So I will go to Links panel, click Relink and then go grab that Duotone image. Now the key to importing any image that has a spot color is to ensure that the color names, in this case both in Photoshop and InDesign, match exactly. But sometimes you are not so lucky; sometimes the color names don't match for one reason or another. Well all is not lost. In a later movie in this chapter, I am going to be exploring the wacky world of aliasing one ink to another.

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InDesign CS4 Beyond the Basics

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  1. 2m 11s
    1. Welcome
      1m 3s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 8s
  2. 25m 16s
    1. Reviewing Control panel shortcuts
      8m 34s
    2. Managing panels
      6m 14s
    3. Letting InDesign do the math
      2m 52s
    4. Using Selection tool clicks
      1m 39s
    5. Using Quick Apply shortcuts
      3m 2s
    6. Setting up context shortcuts
      2m 55s
  3. 23m 51s
    1. Using column guides
      3m 42s
    2. Formatting and positioning guides
      5m 15s
    3. Setting first baseline options
      5m 30s
    4. Using the Document grid
      3m 13s
    5. Setting bleeds
      3m 3s
    6. Using slugs
      3m 8s
  4. 48m 2s
    1. Shuffling pages (or not)
      2m 47s
    2. Scaling objects to a specific size
      2m 32s
    3. Aligning objects to a page
      4m 41s
    4. Using advanced libraries
      4m 5s
    5. Using advanced anchored objects
      11m 21s
    6. Setting non-printing objects
      3m 10s
    7. Creating notes
      5m 23s
    8. Using Data Merge
      10m 41s
    9. Creating templates
      3m 22s
  5. 39m 32s
    1. Creating polygons and starbursts
      2m 35s
    2. Setting custom stroke styles
      5m 15s
    3. Using advanced effects
      8m 46s
    4. Making masks in InDesign
      4m 10s
    5. Integrating InDesign and Illustrator
      4m 59s
    6. Setting compound paths
      5m 4s
    7. Using advanced clipping paths
      6m 6s
    8. Using advanced image transparency
      2m 37s
  6. 55m 26s
    1. Using advanced text formatting
      5m 37s
    2. Using other languages
      4m 22s
    3. Setting advanced paragraph numbering
      3m 12s
    4. Using GREP to find/change
      6m 54s
    5. Managing glyphs
      5m 6s
    6. Finding and changing glyphs
      2m 39s
    7. Adding footnotes
      7m 57s
    8. Creating outlines
      3m 39s
    9. Setting conditional text
      9m 16s
    10. Creating cross-references
      6m 44s
  7. 33m 3s
    1. Advanced text importing
      7m 49s
    2. Using Apply Next Style
      5m 4s
    3. Advanced text styling
      6m 9s
    4. Setting load styles
      2m 58s
    5. Linking to text files on disk
      4m 1s
    6. Understanding GREP styles
      7m 2s
  8. 1h 4m
    1. Building a multi-document book
      4m 42s
    2. Setting page numbering across books
      7m 53s
    3. Setting chapter numbering
      6m 7s
    4. Using the Section Marker feature
      6m 53s
    5. Creating "Continued On..." numbers
      4m 44s
    6. Synchronizing documents in a book
      5m 41s
    7. Creating a table of contents
      11m 24s
    8. Indexing documents
      7m 24s
    9. Generating an index
      6m 47s
    10. Printing or exporting a book
      3m 10s
  9. 46m 4s
    1. Creating hyperlinks
      12m 53s
    2. Setting bookmarks
      6m 7s
    3. Creating buttons
      11m 16s
    4. Making movies
      8m 24s
    5. Creating sounds
      4m 51s
    6. Setting page transitions
      2m 33s
  10. 25m 59s
    1. Setting up swatch and style defaults
      3m 24s
    2. Using mixed ink colors
      6m 16s
    3. Working with duotones
      4m 23s
    4. Overprinting
      2m 10s
    5. Ink aliasing
      4m 50s
    6. Using the Kuler panel
      4m 56s
  11. 50m 27s
    1. Creating the transparency blend space
      4m 6s
    2. Understanding InDesign color settings
      9m 8s
    3. Assign Profile and Convert to Profile
      3m 26s
    4. Working with RGB images
      7m 54s
    5. Working with CMYK images
      6m 28s
    6. Soft-proofing
      5m 18s
    7. Managing color at print time
      7m 25s
    8. Managing color in a PDF export
      6m 42s
  12. 42m 1s
    1. Embedding preflight profiles
      5m 1s
    2. Using the Transparency Flattener preview
      3m 23s
    3. Reviewing Transparency Flattener settings
      6m 30s
    4. Setting print presets
      3m 35s
    5. Setting PDF presets
      3m 21s
    6. Exporting to XHTML
      7m 42s
    7. Exporting to SWF
      6m 45s
    8. Exporting to XFL
      5m 44s
  13. 25m 58s
    1. Understanding XML and InDesign
      6m 51s
    2. Structuring InDesign content
      4m 17s
    3. Importing XML
      6m 57s
    4. Exporting to XML
      7m 53s
  14. 34s
    1. Goodbye
      34s

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