Join David Blatner for an in-depth discussion in this video Can you trust colors you see in InDesign?, part of InDesign Insider Training: Color.
- Remember when I said that colors…are just recipes?…And just like when you're baking a cake,…you can sometimes substitute one ingredient for another.…You can make the same color,…more or less, with different inks…or different ingredients.…For example, these two paragraphs…over here on the right…are made with two different swatches.…The one on top…is using a CMYK swatch,…and the paragraph on the bottom…is using an RGB swatch.…If you think about it,…this color up here…is defined as CMYK,…but I'm not really seeing CMYK, right?…InDesign is doing a conversion for me.…
It's converting those CMYK colors into RGB…in order to show them on the screen…because screens can't show CMYK.…They can only show RGB using light.…So InDesign does this CMYK…to RGB conversion on the fly.…As long as the colors stay onscreen here in InDesign,…there's no problem.…But if I print this page,…then I get unexpected results…because the CMYK color is being sent to the printer…and it prints with CMYK inks,…but the RGB color has to be converted to CMYK…
- RGB vs. CMYK
- Spot colors vs. process colors
- Applying colors
- Converting spot colors
- Creating swatches
- Exploring color with the Color Picker, Color Theme tool, and Adobe Color
Skill Level Beginner
1. First Things First: Understanding Color in InDesign
Spot color vs. process color2m 23s
2. Color Techniques
3. Creating Swatches
4. Exploring Color Interactively
Next steps1m 13s
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