27 Spot Colour Limit

New Here ,
Nov 01, 2017 Nov 01, 2017

Copy link to clipboard

Copied

Hi,

I'm on Illustrator CC 19.2.1, Mac OS 10.10.3

We're a sign maker and have a 6 colour large format output device - CMYK augmented with light versions. It produces good results in CMYK, and using those extra inks produces some surprisingly good results at some of the harder to match pantone spot colours. To get spot colours out of the printer, we have to put spot colour information in.

What we wanted was a colour chart showing a full range of spot colours and their CMYK equivalents on one sheet so we have a permanent lookup, using pantone solid coated (C), alongside pantone colour bridge coated (CP), the latter switched over  to CMYK.

Here's the problem, on output we can only produce a print PDF that holds 27 spot colours, the rest are switched over to CMYK. We had no error warning whilst making the file, no errors etc. First sign of a problem is final checking the output PDF files and finding most of the spots are now CMYK. Opening into Illustrator, all the spots are present and correct.

So, we have a good reason to want this full set of spots, we have a printer that will support them, but Illustrator / Acrobat doesn't appear to support.

Is anyone aware of a workaround, besides clipping down to prints of 27 colours?

Many thanks,

davey.

Views

937

Likes

Translate

Translate

Report

Report
Community Guidelines
Be kind and respectful, give credit to the original source of content, and search for duplicates before posting. Learn more
community guidelines

correct answers 1 Correct Answer

Adobe Employee , Nov 03, 2017 Nov 03, 2017
Hi davidc,Illustrator does have a maximum limit of 27 Spot Colors. I would request you to share your suggestions to our Adobe Illustrator Feedback.This is the best way of communicating to the Engineering and Product Management teams regarding issues and suggestions so they can be implemented in future releases.Let me know if you have any further questions.RegardsSrishti

Likes

Translate

Translate
Adobe Employee ,
Nov 03, 2017 Nov 03, 2017

Copy link to clipboard

Copied

Hi davidc,

Illustrator does have a maximum limit of 27 Spot Colors. I would request you to share your suggestions to our Adobe Illustrator Feedback.

This is the best way of communicating to the Engineering and Product Management teams regarding issues and suggestions so they can be implemented in future releases.

Let me know if you have any further questions.

Regards

Srishti

Likes

Translate

Translate

Report

Report
Community Guidelines
Be kind and respectful, give credit to the original source of content, and search for duplicates before posting. Learn more
community guidelines
New Here ,
Feb 16, 2021 Feb 16, 2021

Copy link to clipboard

Copied

I am having this same issue.  It would be nice to know what the solution was in this forum.

Likes

Translate

Translate

Report

Report
Community Guidelines
Be kind and respectful, give credit to the original source of content, and search for duplicates before posting. Learn more
community guidelines
Adobe Community Professional ,
Feb 16, 2021 Feb 16, 2021

Copy link to clipboard

Copied

LATEST

The solution is to use fewer spot colors.

Likes

Translate

Translate

Report

Report
Community Guidelines
Be kind and respectful, give credit to the original source of content, and search for duplicates before posting. Learn more
community guidelines