How do I export a book half colour/half black and white to PDF?

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I have a book that needs printing half colour/half b&w. So, page 1 is b&w, 2-3 colour, 4-5 b&w, 6-7 colour etc. Document is almost 900 pages long and contains over 1000 images. I don't want to convert the images manually as additional pages may be added during a reprint which could change the colours around. How do I export to PDF for print to do this automatically?

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Adobe Community Professional , Feb 16, 2021 Feb 16, 2021
You can convert pages to grayscale on Export by setting the Output Destination profile to a Gray profile, but it will convert all of the pages. It would be possible to script the export and then use Acrobat’s Combine Files tool to combine the pages into a single doc.  Without a script you could look at Acrobat’s Convert Colors which would let you convert a range of pages to grayscale:

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I suggest you start by discussing the imposition with your printer so you can both agree on a strategy.

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I use this, attached. They have been printing like this for years - but most books only contain a small number of photos so have done it manually up to now - but thought there must be an easier way for larger books.

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You can convert pages to grayscale on Export by setting the Output Destination profile to a Gray profile, but it will convert all of the pages. It would be possible to script the export and then use Acrobat’s Combine Files tool to combine the pages into a single doc. 

 

Without a script you could look at Acrobat’s Convert Colors which would let you convert a range of pages to grayscale:

 

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