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how to export psd with pantone spot colour

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Jul 18, 2023 Jul 18, 2023

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Hi everyone

 

I'm trying to export an artwork created in Photoshop that uses a solid colour level as a background set to Pantone 485 C. Later, I want to use the .psd or .tiff file - exported to CMYK - in InDesign, where I'm adding text and finalise the artwork. 

 

Is there a specific process to follow to preserve the spot colour when exporting files from Photoshop? Because at the moment the file I've exported is not recognised by the printer.

Instead, another file created in InDesign - and exported to CMYK - that uses as background for the same Pantone 485 C is working fine with the printer and they where able to index the colour for printing. 

 

Thank you!

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Feb 29, 2024 Feb 29, 2024

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@kekeko Just asking but, do you really want a spot colour?

Will the job be printed on an offset press using a 5th unit with the specially mixed spot ink?

I hope this helps
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Mar 01, 2024 Mar 01, 2024

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@NB, colourmanagement net we thougth that pantone colous would be more vivid. That's why we chose this solution. But I think that is not the right one anymore so we will have to print it CMYK. May I ask something else about tha black brushes I am using (eyes, nose and moustache) it is 100% K and I thought that if I multiply the black layer into the blue (cat) it will look darker and I will avoid any white space between the two colors.
What is your opinion?   

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Mar 01, 2024 Mar 01, 2024

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Setting a Photoshop Layer to a Blend Mode has no effect on the Layer’s behaviour when placed in Indesign (in the areas where the Layer is »alone«). 

Ultimately »Multiply« is not the same as »Overprint«. 

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Could you please post screenshots  with the pertinent Panels (Toolbar, Layers, Options Bar, …) visible? 

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Mar 01, 2024 Mar 01, 2024

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Here you are! These screenshots are from Illustrator. 
The one is with the pantone colors - which I placed on photoshop through channels -  where white gets between the colours. There are more than one bright red pantone - I know - but I quit trying when I saw than it needs trapping. It's quite chalenging for me. 
And the other is CMYK the overpint and multiply. It seems better but is it safe for the final print files? This is an artwork tha it will be printed in transparent pouch bags, and it will be printed in another country - client wont give me reference to get in touch. I know that they will get a white layer underneath the artwork to get printed. That's the only thing I know.

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Mar 01, 2024 Mar 01, 2024

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I would want to hand such a file off to the printers as multiplying the Pantone Color onto the backgrund color will likely result in the cat having two different blues. 

And you seem to have knocked out the whiskers, snout and eyes from the Pantone Color without choking so the edges may be problematic. 

The white will probably be there to underprint all the content save a see-through window. 

 

What is the print process? 

Will there be a hard proof? 

I am afraid you may have to speak with the actual producers to ascertain that the printed design will appear as you intended. 

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Mar 01, 2024 Mar 01, 2024

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We will get a hard proof soon just to check out the colors in CMYK. The black brushes will be multiply on photohop and all the black letters and vector elements will be overprint in Illustrator. I will give them a psd file and I think that this is the best solution right now. Thank you for all your help! It was really enlightening. 

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Mar 01, 2024 Mar 01, 2024

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@kekeko @You have received great advice there from @c.pfaffenbichler @always try get a proof and definitely discuss with the printer. 
you MUST also work in the right CMYK color space. (The one cc profile for your work must be correct. There's no "generic" CMYK. be careful. 

I hope this helps neil barstow, colourmanagement net - adobe forum volunteer - co-author: 'getting colour right' google me "neil barstow colourmanagement" for lots of free articles on colour management Help others by clicking "Correct Answer" if the question is answered. Found the answer elsewhere? Share it here. "Upvote" is for useful posts. 

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