InDesignSecrets Podcast 251

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In a heated discussion during the podcast, the question was debated: If you alias a spot ink to another spot ink, will it separate out to CMYK correctly? Answer: YES. David’s report from his post-podcast testing:

STEP ONE: I placed an .AI file (it could also be a PDF) that contains two spot colors (Pantone Blue, and a yellow called Pantone 114). I then applied that Pantone Blue spot color to some text in a text frame. I also created a new color that is a spot color, but defined with a CMYK value, called “MyColor 50/10/85/0”.

STEP TWO: I opened Ink Manager (from the Swatches panel menu), selected the Pantone Blue and then chose MyColor from the Ink Alias popup menu. And then I selected MyColor and clicked on the icon in the left column, which means convert this color to process.

STEP THREE: When I open the Separations Preview panel and turn the View popup menu to Separations, the Ink Aliasing kicks in, converting all instances of Pantone Blue to MyColor… and also showing that MyColor is being converted to CMYK (using the CMYK values I set up when I created the color).


3 Comments on “InDesignSecrets Podcast 251

  1. I had to laugh, all of the designer vs production quirks you discussed are all me. I’m a hybrid of the two as I’ve worked for smaller corporate entities that do everything in house down to the pre-production. I use a Wacom tablet in InDesign. I use a Wacom tablet all the time really. It came from my time as a designer in the P.O.P. industry. Lots of Photoshop and Illustrator work. I really dislike using a regular mouse. It is either a pen/tablet or I use a touch pad. Five years ago I switched industries and have been in publishing. I had to take my basic InDesign skills and up my game, but I’ve enjoyed it. If only my employer would upgrade us quicker to CC. We use older versions of Adobe software. (frustrating for sure). I maintain my own personal CC account at home to try and keep up with the technology. Coming up with personal projects is tricky.

    Also, can you tell me why its such a bad idea to copy/paste from Word to InDesign? I’ve done both copy/paste and place. We have automation processes that don’t like placed copy (again old systems). I never have any trouble copying, and I’m able to format my type easily with my styles (I love styles and templates). We publish our magazine twice a month so both are a must to maintain consistency and for ease of building.

    Thanks for all the great info, I enjoy the podcasts!

    Fort Worth, TX

  2. I thought the lively discussion of whether aliasing one spot ink to another would output correctly was hilarious. I normally listen while out biking, so when I finished today, I had run in to see who was right. ;)

    ~Barb B.
    Evergreen, CO

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