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Spot colours disappear from document when exported

Community Beginner ,
Mar 05, 2023 Mar 05, 2023

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I can't seem to export spot colours with my document, everything just seems to turn to CMYK when I check it in Acrobats output preview. I've done this in the past but am having trouble this time around.

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Community Expert , Mar 05, 2023 Mar 05, 2023

The .ai file is in the PDF.

What your screendump shows (the DIELINE PRINTERS MARKS) color is a global CMYK  color. Just double click the swatch in the Swatches panel to change it to Spot instead of Process.

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Mar 05, 2023 Mar 05, 2023

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Which Illustrator version do you use and what are your PDF settings?

Can you share a simple example PDF (with Illustrator editing enabled)?

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Mar 05, 2023 Mar 05, 2023

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Here is an example PDF, I use AI 27.3.1

 

Thanks for your quick response.

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Mar 05, 2023 Mar 05, 2023

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Thanks, but there are no spot colors used in your Illustrator file.

I only see some global CMYK colors.

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Mar 05, 2023 Mar 05, 2023

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That's odd, can I send you the AI file to have a look?

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The .ai file is in the PDF.

What your screendump shows (the DIELINE PRINTERS MARKS) color is a global CMYK  color. Just double click the swatch in the Swatches panel to change it to Spot instead of Process.

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Well, that was silly, thanks for your help!

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Good to hear that helped.

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