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By David Blatner | Thursday, May 02, 2013
InDesign users have long desired a way to get a grayscale PDF out of InDesign, one with no color at all. And in InDesign CS6, Adobe finally lets you do this, right out of the box.
In this week’s InDesign Secrets video, David Blatner shows you how this works—and how to achieve the same effect even if you have a CS5 or earlier version of the program.
If you’re using Acrobat 9, you can find Convert Colors under the Advanced pane in the Print Production menu.
This dialog is a little overwhelming, but the main thing you need to do is tell Acrobat to convert to a profile and then choose the profile inside the Conversion Profile popup menu.
Now you have a completely grayscale PDF! You can verify the results in the Output Preview panel.
p>But wait! There are no grayscale options. First you need to (1) change the Standard to None and (2) change the Color Conversion to Convert to Destination.
With digital color printers and web publishing, grayscale PDFs aren’t as necessary as they used to be. But now you know how to get one when you do need it. lynda.com members can join Anne-Marie Concepción in the next InDesign Secrets video, Three ways to cheat text outside of its frame. Or you can check back in two weeks to see the next free video, Three great object styles for any designer. Stay tuned.
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