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Exporting spot color channels as separate pdf's in Acrobat DC

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May 03, 2019

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Hi,

Are you able to generate separate pdf files for each spot color channel using Acrobat DC?

I am trying to use photoshop dcs files to print on risograph, normally I would create a separate greyscale pdf file for each color being printed, but when using dcs files I'm pretty sure you are unable to convert channels into layers and still save as a dcs, but I cant see what to do from here in Acrobat!

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No, Acrobat does not colour separate PDFs.

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Exporting spot color channels as separate pdf's in Acrobat DC

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Hi,

Are you able to generate separate pdf files for each spot color channel using Acrobat DC?

I am trying to use photoshop dcs files to print on risograph, normally I would create a separate greyscale pdf file for each color being printed, but when using dcs files I'm pretty sure you are unable to convert channels into layers and still save as a dcs, but I cant see what to do from here in Acrobat!

Thank you!

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No, Acrobat does not colour separate PDFs.

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No, Acrobat does not colour separate PDFs.

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Is Acrobat able to print only selected spot colors?

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Yes, for PostScript printers via the Advanced Print  Setup / Output pane. Color must be specified as Separations and then you will get one page output per separation and you can selection which of the process and spot colors you will get separations for from that dialog.

Note that if you are using print to PostScript as a cheap way of getting a separated PDF, be advised that this is anything but a recommended workflow!

          - Dov

- Dov Isaacs, Principal Scientist, Adobe

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HI Dov, Thank you. That's all perfect, but I don't understand your final point - Once I have my final spot color file in indesign, I print to postscript pdf then drop that into distiller and it perfectly creates a separate greyscale page for each color layer in a pdf. Is this an incorrect cheap way of doing things? I have spent hours upon hours and this seems to be the only way I have discovered.

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Hi b7ad,
b7ad Have you done this from InDesign 2020 as I have done this in older versions but I cannot choose the Adobe PPD so the separations is now greyed out. Really stumped as to what to do. The printer that is printing the job appears unfamiliar with seps for spot colours in Acrobat.

 

Dov Is there a PPD that I can download that will resolve this.

Kind regards

 

Russ

 

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