Join David Blatner for an in-depth discussion in this video Spot color vs. process color, part of InDesign Insider Training: Color.
- When you're working with color in InDesign,…or any software, it's critical that you understand…the difference between a color and an ink.…Colors are always recipes.…They're combinations of ingredients.…Like, for example, this Cyan swatch…is just 100% cyan.…This red color down here is a combination of…15% cyan and 100% magenta…and 100% yellow.…All of these swatches in the swatches panel…or any color you assign with a color panel…or any place else that you can apply colors in InDesign,…those are all colors, they're recipes.…
You can change the recipe,…the definition of that color any time.…But an ink is different.…A traditional printing press can only…print one ink at a time.…So your color might be dark brown,…but when you print that on a printing press,…a printer has to print the yellow ink…and then, maybe, magenta and then a little bit of black.…It's a process, printing one after the other.…So these four colors, C M Y K,…are called process colors.…Some old-timers, like me, call it a tint build…because you can build up a color…
- 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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