Help me understand registration swatch

Explorer ,
Feb 07, 2013 Feb 07, 2013

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Hey all,

In Illustrator the registration color (which for me is set to a white) I always just thought that this means that no color / ink will be applied to that area? Is that correct?

   

If I was to have a predominately white busness card being printed on white card stock, is it best for me to use the "White" swatch or "registration" swatch, if I want to keep/make an object/area as white as possible?

     

Any help would be great

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Feb 07, 2013 Feb 07, 2013

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Registration swatch merely means that it's used for printer marks and appears on all ink plates. Nothing beyond that is implicit. Not the color, nor any otehr specifics.

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LEGEND ,
Feb 08, 2013 Feb 08, 2013

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Registration is 100% of all used colours (CMYK and/or Spot).

It should never be used as a rich black (as one contributor to this forum maintained several moons back). NEVER. EVER.

If you are drawing your own trim, fold or crop marks, use Registration.

That way they will show up on all plates.

As long as you are not using spot colours you may possibly use Registration for the black in opacity masks but it’s really more professional to make a 100% CMYK swatch for that.

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Feb 08, 2013 Feb 08, 2013

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Thanks for the response guys.

So from what I understand if I want a an object to appear "white" I should be filling it with a "white" swatch, compared to just leaving it filled with the "registration" swatch.

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Feb 09, 2013 Feb 09, 2013

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Yep.

Unless you happen to be using a spot white, in which case spot white will be included in Registration.

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