Only using black ink in Indesign

Community Beginner ,
Jan 17, 2022 Jan 17, 2022

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Hello everyone,

 

I would like to print a file in black and formatted this by only using black in InDesign. Now it indicates in Adobe Acrobat that I did use CMY, eventhough this has been converted. The file also indicates that I have overprint, but I turned it off in InDesign. Does anyone know how I can get my file printed in black?

 

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Jan 17, 2022 Jan 17, 2022

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A PDF generated from Indesign uses Registration ink for crops and targets. Registration is made up of all process inks CMYK and spot inks. Even if art in file is exclusively 100% black, CMY will show up in Output preview as inks used.

 

In Acrobat, you can use the preflight profile to convert all colors to grayscale.

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Jan 18, 2022 Jan 18, 2022

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Thank you for your respond! I changed it in Acrobat and now it only uses black and white!

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Jan 18, 2022 Jan 18, 2022

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You can also export directly to grayscale by setting the Destination to a Gray profile

 

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Jan 17, 2022 Jan 17, 2022

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Does it happen if you export using one of the default PDF/X presets?

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Jan 18, 2022 Jan 18, 2022

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Yes, it happens when I use a PDF/X preset. I used PDF/X-1a:2001.

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