I have set up a file with placed illustrator vector logos. All the logos are set as either 1c (black) or 2c (PMS 032 and black). Each logo has been set to LAB, "Spot Color Options" in the Swatches panel have been set to "Use LAB values...", all unused colors deleted.
One open questions is the Document Raster Affects Settings for "Color Model." There are three options; CMYK, Grayscale, and Bitmap. What is the proper setting for files that only has spot colors (either 1c or 2c)?
"Preserve Spot Colors" is selected in each file.
When the logos are placed in InDesign, the only colors that appear are the two spot colors (I named the black in all the Ill files "Spot Black" to be certain).
On exporting a PDF for production, the printers is insisting that the PDF is a 6c file, not 2c.
In the Ink Manager in inDesign or Acrobat, there's no way to remove CMYK, or to supress CMYK output (that I can find). So, have I missed something either in Illustrator or InDesign that might be causing there to be 6c, or is the printer wrong? I assume there's a way to supress film output for unused process colors.
If you open the PDF in Acrobat and go to Tools>Print Production>Output Preview, you should see all of the colors in the file. If you turn off your two spot colors, do you see a blank page, or is anything remaining?
Nice, thanks for the tip.
If I turn off CMYK everthing looks correct except a 40% screen of the spot black which appears to be treated as process K.
I'll need to revisit that logo. Is it possible to set a screen of black for a spot color? Maybe I'll set it as 032 red.
Is it possible to set a screen of black for a spot color?
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That will give you a 40% opaque tint. If you want a 40% transparent tint, use transparency instead.
Perfect, thank you.
Acrobat will show CMYK in Output Preview, even when there is no process elements on page. But you may want to confirm that there is actually no process inks in your file.
When spot colors are turned off the page is blank. That is what I wanted to see.
Most devices will not output blank separations, however you need to check with whomever is printing the job to make sure the registration color won't trigger unnecessary "plates". It shouldn't but it's worth checking.
You could also just create a separate Black spot color. Then tell the printer not to output any CMYK at all.
That's what I had done in the each of the dozen logos in Illustrator. See the screen grab above.
You can turn the entire job to black and white and send the printer the pdf in black ink along with the color pdf so they can see where to separate the colors. Let them know the Pantone color you want to use. That should solve the problem.
What if the colors overlap?
This would not work for overlapping colors.
The printer is in CZ, so I'd prefer to do this "by the book" as the language difference already poses a challenge.
Ok, I have tons of printing experience and I was thinking the fasted way for you to get your job done. Double check that the Pantone color is not set to CMYK on your InDesign file.